Despite the common opinion, cats and dogs can get along with each other quite well while living in the same house. But the owners of this animals have to be very careful not to provoke any fights and misunderstandings between them. In our houses it is very often that cats and dogs live together in the same areas. Usually, their unexpected meetings do not entail any specific incidents. Frightened by the sudden clash, the cat may try to intimidate the dog: she sizzles, arches her back, she may even let her claws out.
Normally such a performance is quite enough for the dog to just leave and get busy with something else. Cats may become really aggressive only when the dog is breaking the boundaries of "their" territory. More frequently such a meetings are limited to an exchange of threats and the subsequent retreat of both - the cat and the dog.
Some dogs, however, seems to have been created to hunt cats. They chase them and ready to tear in the truest sense. Unfortunately, such behavior is very often encouraged by the owners of those dogs. For example, the watchdogs, living in a pack, generally leave the cat, who dared to invade their domain, a really little chance to live.
Do the dogs themselves behave equally towards any cat? Of course not. It often happens that the dog is tolerating a cat, living in the same house, quite well, but the same dog may literally "become a devil", when she meets some other cat outside. This dog can tear a "stranger" cat, and then peacefully share a "common pot" with "her" house cat.
At the same time, some cats also love to tease dogs and deliberately provoke them to attack.
But in general cats and dogs can get along pretty well under one roof. They may even become inseparable friends, especially if they grow up together, or if the cat appears in the house at a very early age. It happens that the female dog is taking the kitten as a baby and she is even feeding him together with her puppies. If the kittens and puppies become friends, they play together, lick each other, they are inseparable, and even sleep together.
The house is usually dominated by a cat and a dog stands outside of the house as "her" cat's defender. After all, the cat, who grew up with the dog, unfortunately, does not feel the danger, such a cat will be vulnerable and, when attacked by the other animals, does not understand, when it is the time to run and save himself.
Friendship must be taught!
For a dog, living quietly and happily in the family, the appearance of a small lump of wool, which squeaks, meows and takes love and attention of the owner, is a great drama. For the first time a newcomer should be placed in another room where he will have his own bed and bowl.The kitten has to get used to this place. In turn, the dog behind a closed door is getting used to the new smell. Unprepared, unexpected meeting can be a reason for a long-term animosity between the animals. So it is better to take certain precautions so that this meeting took place normally.
A week later, you can introduce the animals to each other. But please do not be nervous, remain calm. Whatever happens, the cat will be able to stand up for himself. Do not be afraid of his behavior: these spitting, hissing and the rest of cat's tricks. All these are just the elements of the cat's strategy, which aims to let the dog to understand that she should not be approached too close.
To avoid conflicts, put the cat's bowl higher, beyond the reach of your dog's nose. Each one of them should have his own place for rest and meals, where his calmness will not be violated.This situation is absolutely not contradicting to the fact that, by becoming friends, they will be sleeping in an embrace.
There will be allot less problems, when you bring a noisy and playful puppy to the house, where already lives a cat. You can immediately introduce your new puppy to the cat, but you should be ready to tolerate the cat's hissing for the whole week. Then the cat will give up and take the stranger into the family. Just do not take your attention away from the cat for that period: prove that you love and will never stop loving your old-timer.
Dogs and cats in their development pass the similar stages. Studying how to co-exist in the team takes them from 4 to 12 weeks. At this time puppies and kittens are discovering the world - their own kind, as well as other animals and humans. They learn to distinguish the objects of hunt, hazards, and friends. Here comes the need for an early introducing your pets to the greatest possible number of different animals and humans.
We must learn to avoid some mistakes for that reigned agreement between a cat and a dog was not violated.
Be very careful with the nursing bitch: in this state dogs usually do not like to be disturbed.
Never give food for your cat and dog in the same bowl.
Keep in mind that an innocent desire of a huge dog to play with the kitten may not end up very pretty.
During the game animals can cause each other injury. Do not forget to regularly cut your cat's claws: the scratched nose brings untold suffering to the dog and from the scratch in the eye the dog can go blind.
Remember that common diseases in cats and dogs are very rare case: except for rabies, the majority of diseases are caused by completely different viruses. However, some skin parasites (like fleas) are transferred from one to another.