Can dogs and cats live together? How can we put them together?


Many of us love cats, and dogs too! But can they live together under one roof? Not only can it be possible, but living together can be wonderful if you follow our recommendations.

The topic that exists about Dogs and cats They don't get along and can't live together, that's a topic, with rare exceptions. It is shown that both a cat and a dog can live together and harmoniously, you just have to set certain guidelines and be patient to raise them in a peaceful and friendly environment. Of course this does not mean that all dogs and cats, despite the effort, get along.

If a perfect coexistence is not achieved, it is more because of the nature of the animals than because they are of different species, since there are animals that cannot live even with those of the same species. On the contrary there are dogs and cats that have been jointly breastfed by the same animal, have been brothers of milk and have taken great time despite having different behaviors and customs.

We must be clear about the behaviors of cats and dogs and their characteristics, knowing them, they will be better helped to adapt.

The cats are very independent, they need their space and they don't accept many pampering and caresses. When the cat wants an approach, he will approach. Nor do you need to walk or exercise continuously, you should not force or lift him if he is lying down and with a small space to eat and another to do his needs, he is satisfied, it would not hurt to have any object to sharpen the nails and you have to tell them often. Following these parameters the cat can live with anyone, another cat, a parrot, a dog or a person.

The dog on the contrary needs to walk and exercise, some more than others, depending on the breed, it is recommended at least three times a day. You have to teach him to defecate and urinate on the street or in a park and always in the same place and at the same times.

Once the behaviors of these animals are clear, time must be devoted to their adaptation and acceptance of each other, since they are also aware of the existing differences.

It would be best if the animals were raised together or that they were very young because their character and customs are not yet fully settled and it is easier to make them live together as something natural. If there is a rejection, it will normally be that it comes from animal that was already located in the family and does not want to give up its space to a new pet of any kind, it will still be more difficult if the animal is old. The veteran animal must be made clear that he is still loved and that the newcomer will be his new playmate, so there will be no rivalry. We must leave them together, under surveillance but without overstressing the situation. You always have to take into account the issue of territoriality, so it is very convenient for everyone to have a well defined space and just gather them in common places and play with them. After a while, if they are sociable animals, they themselves will search and even share space. Ideally, they should be of different sex.

I emphasize the issue of individual space because this will prevent fights between them for food, toys or other equipment, as well as for a person's approach to one of the two animals to claim caresses. If excessive grunts are observed or fangs are taught, it is clear that something is wrong. It is time to reconsider and start over. Patience is essential in these cases by pet owners. We must avoid jealousy, when it comes to showing affection the caresses should be distributed to the two animals equally.

Following these guidelines a great relationship between animals will be achieved, unconditional friends will be made, especially if they are of different sex since this way the territoriality issue is discarded and if everything goes well, they will share bed, food, games and pampering .

My personal experience:

I have a dog that came home when I had 3 cats and the experience has been one of the best we have had. Contrary to what all the topics indicate they were not raised together. My dog ​​came home with 9 months, with a height up to my waist and weighing 21 kilos. At home I already had a 17 year old cat, a cat of 5 and another of 3. The adaptation was wonderful. The only thing I tried was that the dog had lived with cats and not threw himself for them. I enabled a space for the dog and respected the time my cats needed to get out of their hiding place. I supervised the presentations. In less than a couple of days I always slept with my elderly cat and did not take my eyes off when someone approached him (my dog ​​knew from the first day I was sick) and little by little he became the favorite playmate for me little cat A great example of living together!

And you? Do you have cats and dogs? Tell us your experience!

How to choose the best companion for a dog or cat?

If we are thinking of increasing the family, one of the things we should consider is that we have to choose the animal that is best adapted to the situation of our home. For this, we must take into account the personality and age of the one we already have at home and let ourselves be advised by experts.

If we have an older or calm animal at home, be it a cat or dog, the ideal thing is that we look for a quiet companion, with whom we can enjoy a good nap or a walk together, but that does not overwhelm you seeking attention. However, if we have a young animal, or already older but playful, a puppy or other young animal may be the ideal option.

Although it is something that I have already commented on other blog posts, I want to insist that adopting an adult or senior animal is something that we recommend in our clinic from personal experiences, both in dogs and cats. Remember that adopting is not getting a free animal, but an altruistic act in which we offer a better life to an animal that has not had luck before.

How to introduce another animal at home?

When we decide to introduce a new animal at home, especially if it is of another species, it is necessary to continue some guidelines when presenting them, in this way we will reduce stress to both our partner and the new family member, and we can even save ourselves some scare.

Ideally, animals have been in contact with dogs or cats since childhood, during the socialization stage, this way it will be easier for them to adapt. In case it has not been possible to live between dogs and cats during this stage, there is no problem, we will follow some guidelines for the introduction of the new animal, which depending on the character of these new partners, will be more or less long.

Visit our veterinarian. It is always advisable, before putting a new animal at home, to visit the veterinarian to ensure that both animals are healthy, paying special attention to infectious diseases.
Enable a room for the new family member. The new member must have a room or area of ​​the house where he can be during the first period of adaptation. And here you will have everything you need to feel comfortable and safe, so it is important, especially if it is a cat, that the dog does not have access to this room. In the case of cats, in addition, you have to have your sandbox and areas where you can hide. This makes them feel calmer, since they feel they control the situation.
Let's start with smells. Before making the presentations, we will use towels, beds or toys so that they can get used to the smell of their new partner. Simply what we have to do is rub a towel over the animal's body and leave it within reach of the other. Do not force him to smell it, or rub it on the new animal, just leave it so that it comes closer to smell it.
Not force. It is very important that we do not force any of our animals to approach. The cat has to be loose, with places to hide, such as raised shelves or a booth where the dog does not have access, while the dog must be strapped. The presentation must be in a neutral place, in which the animal that already lives with us does not spend much time.
Respect the times. As I said before, every animal is a world. The adaptation can be quick, in a matter of hours, or it can be extended even weeks. We should not generate stressful situations, because we can lose everything we had achieved. Nor should we despair, with patience and perseverance it is easier to achieve the adaptation of our pets.
Pheromone use. Today we have the option of using pheromones in diffuser, existing for both dogs and cats, which help us create a more relaxed environment. If you are interested to know more about this option you can read another article where we talk about this: Feline pheromones. What are they and what are they used for?

As you can see, there are many steps to follow, and although it seems very complicated, at the moment of truth, with patience, it is very easy, since this can be verified with the multitude of videos and photos that are seen every day in the social networks of dogs and cats living together, both those that are viral as well as those of friends or acquaintances, that surely you know someone who has at home these two wonderful species living together without any problem. In fact, sometimes I think that the saying should be "getting along as human beings" and that it is we who have to keep learning from them.

1. Respect the organization of each species

Dogs they organize theirsociety in herd by a hierarchy of their own that they mark. On the contrary, cats are solitary animals that simply defend their territory. This difference can cause conflicts to start. From this we can deduce that we must respect the hierarchy that they themselves establish, without intervening constantly or scold attitudes that seem negative, they will organize themselves.

What should we do to introduce both pets?

  1. Do not take the cat in arms, it can scratch you, we also recommend that you cut the nails so that it can not hurt the dog if the encounter went wrong.
  2. Present them in a large and large place and if preferable, carry the tied dog. The cat, meanwhile, must have the possibility of fleeing to a shelf, for example.
  3. Watch them and allow them to look and smell each other.
  4. If the behavior is correct and both pets are calm, you will let them interact. If on the contrary it shows ariscos do not worry, it is very common, maybe they will take a while to accept.

How do I get both pets to get along?

If the encounter has been very negative and both pets are restless and nervous about the presence of the other, you must work with both, reinforcing with the voice (very well!) or with goodies the attitudes you consider positive: be calm, relaxed, etc.

Don't come the mistake of dividing your home in two zones, one for each animal, since then it will be very difficult for them to tolerate once time passes.

Ideally, wait a while for both animals to begin to live respecting each other. This may take weeks, even months. Although they will not always create a strong bond, getting them to tolerate is enough for a good relationship.

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The coexistence between dog and cat should not necessarily be bad, quite the opposite. Encourage your two pets to learn tricks and orders as well as reward them as long as they get along It's fundamental.

You must take care of the positive education from day one of coexistence, remember that man and domestication processes have made it possible for these two animals, which in nature would never live together, live in calm and harmony. Make your home a happy home for both of you.

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We cannot forget that both dogs and cats arepredatory animalsThis indicates that it is very easy to start a dispute over food that can end with a bite or a blow, to avoid it without incident is that each pet eats in a different space and separated from the other animal. Over time and if they make friends you won't need to separate them.

Nor should you allow one to eat the food of the other, make them respect each other, there is food in between or not, at least in your presence.

5. Toys for everyone

Although it seems obvious advice it is important to emphasize this point because this advice is more useful than it may seem. Jealousy and the desire to have a toy can greatly worsen a relationship between dog and cat.

The dog is social in nature and cats have a more vivid predatory instinct. These very different behaviors are cushioned by the use of toys that channel the hunting instinct in cats thus avoiding predatory behaviors, it will externalize its nature harmlessly. In the opposite case, the dog will find in the toy an object that belongs to him, something else that will make the dog feel safe and in a real home.

Provide several toys to each of different colors and some that emit noise, they will thank you and also provide you with a real distraction when you are not.

However, if you notice that your dog is intolerant when there are toys in between, it could be a resource protection.

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The first meetings and that at least one of the two is a puppy are the keys to harmony

The saying that of 'be like the dog and cat'It is already outdated, as is the belief that a dog and a cat cannot coexist under the same roof. It is true that the coexistence between these two species is difficult if certain advice that expert ethologists and veterinarians recommend when introducing a companion for our pet is not followed.

It is true that every animal is a world and their level of adaptability to other species depends on the degree of socialization they had in childhood, but if we decide to introduce another partner in our home, the main advice is that this is a puppy, since this will reduce the chances of problems and altercations arising. The best combination is usually the have a cat at home and bring a puppy, since the puppy will only want to play and the cat can walk away or hide if the dog bothers him.

In this case the cat will see the dog as an intruder in its territory So if you see him wandering around the house you will freely feel overwhelmed and you may be hostile with small. Although it seems somewhat cruel, it is best to keep the newcomer a few days in a room to temper the environment, be it a dog or a cat.

Whether we have a dog or a cat at home and we want to introduce a new friend of different species into the home, the most important thing is to make sure that one of the two, be it the dog or the feline, is a puppy. The most advisable thing is that first days keep animals in separate rooms and that they get used to the smells. You can let them smell through the door or exchange their beds. For the first presentation it is important that the dog is tired, has eaten well and is calm and relaxed and that the cat can choose an escape route or an elevated place to feel safe. To feel safe we ​​can use the leash and keep the dog tight.


If the dog behaves properly before the cat, that is, does not get excited or pounces on him, reward him with caresses and treats. Everything will go perfectly if you notice that the dog shows no interest in the cat and does not approach and if the cat itself is the one that approaches the dog to smell him, which will indicate the full confidence he feels towards one another. The cat must set the pace of interactions while the dog must remain calm and distracted with other objects. Never pet the dog when he is excited and nervous about the cat and seeks to go after him, as you will encourage that behavior.

Separate meals

Although the dog can eat the cat's food and feel great, the cat cannot feed exclusively on his companion's feed since it would lack certain exclusive components that are only found in the food intended for felines. It is best to leave a dish that is always full of food for your cat in a high place and, in addition, feed the dog twice a day after the walk, since cats know how to manage their food but dogs do not. Care must also be taken with sand trays as dogs tend to want to eat cat feces, something we can avoid by placing the sanitary tray in a high place or out of reach of the dog.

Dogs and cats are sociable animals that can live together at home. But if they are not used to doing it from puppies they need a period of adaptation. We explain some guidelines so that coexistence is a success.

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However, it does not mean that it is impossible to live between dogs and cats that have not s> The trick is to respect their adaptation period, if they have not lived together since puppies. "Both species are compatible and sociable by nature," says the expert. Therefore, if we are dog owners and we want to expand the family with a feline friend (or vice versa) we can do it. But first, it is important to be clear that we cannot force 'their friendship' and, if possible, get used to living together from a young age.

How do we organize the convert?

Attending and respecting the needs of each species and each individual separately. "The cat, for example, needs to control its environment to the fullest. For example, to feel comfortable it needs to know where it can hide or run away at a certain time and get away from stress. The dog, on the contrary needs to have very marked guidelines and routines to find the balance, "explains the veterinarian.

On the other hand, it is very important to keep in mind that there are different types of relationships, from animals that are simply going to be tolerated and will live together without too much friction, to a deep friendship in which the cat grooms its mate and even sleeps and they play together. However, "we must understand that the welfare of each animal lies in respecting the relationship they establish, that allows them to live without being alert, without tension, stress or feeling threatened by the other, "he says. Therefore, we will never force an extra point in this relationship if any of the animals feel discomfort.

Starting the approach

Unless there is a “love at first sight”, in most cases it will be necessary to make a progressive adaptation, which could be extended for weeks. These guidelines can help you:

Visit to the veterinarian. Before introducing any animal, we must ensure their health status, therefore a first visit to the veterinarian will tell us if vaccinations, deworming or any type of test are necessary to rule out viral diseases that could be transmitted.

Enable a safe zone. It has to be a neutral space for the new family member, thus leaving most of the house for the animal that was already previously. It has to meet the following conditions:

  • Enable it with everything you need to make you feel comfortable, feeding, drinking, beds, hiding places, toys, scraper and sandbox if it is a cat.
  • It can be a place where the animal that was already at home does not have the habit of going, that is, an area of ​​little value to it, we will avoid areas such as the owner's bedroom or the dining room.
  • It must be a safe area for the pet that has just arrived, it has to feel protected. Therefore we will prevent the access of the other animal.

Get them used to smells. Then we will make a habit of smells. We can use a towel or garment to rub it on the animal's body and leave it to the other so that it smells, we will never rub the towel with the smell of an animal by the body of the other. It is simply about leaving her and allowing them to approach her rhythm to smell her.

Avoid dangerous approaches. Subsequently, especially during the first presentations, the dog should always be on a leash. We will open the door of the neutral zone and let the animals explore the environment and each other. We will maintain a calm attitude, the leash of the dog without tension and we will reward him whenever we see that he acts calmly.

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No direct confrontation. We will avoid any kind of direct conflict, if the dog becomes nervous barks or growls, we will separate them calmly and without telling him anything else. We must not allow the cat to feel cornered, or make presentations by holding it in our arms, since in a moment of stress or fear it could scratch us.

Respect their rhythms. The presentations will go to the rhythm in which the animals require it, sometimes it is a matter of hours, sometimes weeks. What we should avoid are situations of extreme tension and stress, always cutting them in positive and calm.

Do not leave them alone. The first meetings must always be under supervision, very gradual and in a quiet environment. We will never allow unsupervised contact if we are not sure of the response they will have.

Degree of socialization

Many times we will have wondered if our particular pet is going to get along with another species. For example, yes our dog is one of those who chase cats in the street, or our cat bristles every time he sees a dog, is it possible that at some point they will live in peace? The answer is probably. "The fact that our dog is chasing stray cats is not necessarily a sign that indicates that coexistence between that animal and a cat is impossible. As has been said, the dog's social behavior is extremely adaptable to new situations and, in many Sometimes, they can show that predatory or "hunting" behavior in the street environment towards an unknown cat in motion, but it is calm and respects the house cat, "he says.

While it is true that before introducing a new species at home, it is highly recommended to estimate the degree of socialization of our animals in relation to other species and the adaptability of each of them. Therefore, if possible, it will be important to find out if during the period of socialization, our animal was in contact with the other species. further influences the pet's own temperament and the ability to manage changes in the environment. "If it is a calm and calm character or on the contrary very excitable in the face of changes, it will be able to adapt better or worse," he says.

You also have to keep in mind that not always the animals that were already at home will thank a new company. Especially if they are older and have been living alone for many years, it usually costs them much more to adapt to a new partner, especially if he is too young and energetic, since our hairy old man needs tranquility.

Tips for a good coexistence

  • Slowly. Never force the relationship between them, the more natural everything is, the better.
  • Avoid devoting more attention to one than the other. The pet that already lived with us should continue to receive the same attention and, if possible, in the presence of the new member, so that he understands that although the other is still continues to receive affection.
  • When to intervene Sometimes it may be that the dog tends to play with the cat as it would with someone of the same species, and the cat may feel overwhelmed and upset. However, the dog does not understand the language or the signs of annoyance that the cat emits. At this time we can intervene, stopping the dog and offering an alternative behavior that allows to leave the cat calm. This can be an interactive toy, a ride, etc.
  • Do not punish. The objective must always be that both coexist in harmony, therefore although at some point a conflict may arise between them, we should not punish these behaviors that they emit as part of their language (grunts, snorts, bristly fur etc). Simply, if we believe it necessary, we will intervene by separating them momentarily, until the mood is calmer.
  • Be patient and realistic. Any change entails a period of acceptance and adaptation. To hope that they get along well at first, is an unrealistic vision and that rarely happens. We must always allow some room for adaptation.

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