(Closed) We have a cat, and we want a dog! How does your dog interact with cats?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 48
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

My dog gets along with cats very well. At first he does try and chase them, but once the initial excitement of “OMG A CAT” wears off, he’s very friendly. 

I had one cat who would even play with my dog. Most other cats just ignored him completely lol. 

Post # 49
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Getting along with cats isnt really a specific breed thing. If a dog is raised around them then they’re most likely going to tolerate them well. Or if a dog is raised with other animals and is calm then they probably will. Then on the other hand, if you have a high prey drive dog or a highly active dog then even if they’re raised with cats they might not be trustworthy around them.

Are going to get a puppy or an adult? 

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Our plott-lab mix hates cats and tries to attack them. I think it’s a combination of a strong prey drive and a bad first experience with a cat. (My in laws’ cat scratched his nose the first time they met. He was trying to sniff her to figure out what she was.)

So it’s not just the dog’s reaction, but the cat’s as well. Controlling that first encounter is really important.

Post # 51
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Depends on the cat and depends on the dog.  It’s usually easier if you have the dog first and then get the cat.  Our dog was 2 when we found three stray kittens.  He adored the kittens.  Here he is playing with Dexter:

They were good buddies even though it looks like Dexter is biting him here.  Dex would nip and then lick and cuddle with Brutus.  So cute!

I found that my friends who have cats first are not as successful with adding a dog because the puppy annoys the s#it out of the cat and the cat generally ends up avoiding the dog.  Agian, it depends on the animals and probably on how you socialize them (i.e. whether you let the puppy torture the cat or the kitten torture the dog.)

I would make sure that I supervised their contact to make sure they were playing nice and allow the cat to have provate snuggle time with you as well as a safe place to go where the puppy cannot get him/her.

Post # 52
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

Sorry, still cant get the video to embed so heres a link. The poodle is 11, cat is 1.5. He either loves having a playtoy, or terrorizes the poodle. And I’m horrible, because I think its hilarious to watch the cat beat up the dog. And the cat pkays this way with the lab, I just dont have video yet.

 

Post # 54
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@sarahbabs:  OMG HE’S SO FREAKING CUTE!!! How adorable! 

Post # 55
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@caits615:  Thanks! I’m pretty obsessed with his little face too! I just think he’s one of the cutest cats ever haha He even has this squeaky little kitten meow (even though he’s over a year old) gets me every time!

CONGRATS on your new puppy OP! Sooooo cute! Hope your transition with Lyra and the new little guy goes well ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 56
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

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@sarahbabs:  awww he is adorable!!

Post # 57
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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@sarahbabs:  Holy heck is that cute?!?! Congrats on becoming a dog mom!

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@rachelmichelle:  I wouldn’t have chosen Tuxedo cats, but I wanted a cat and my, then boyfriend (now FI!), LOVES tuxedos so I went with it. Now that we have 2, I don’t feel like we can get anything else and I love them! I was raised with dogs and never thought I’d be a cat person, until I got my 2 babies. Now I am a legit crazy cat lady.

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