CAN CATS AND DOGS BE FRIENDS?
Dogs and cats are both composite animals, with emotional needs which can easily upset them so as to cause consternation. These 2 species can be fiercely independent, but whether they can live together depends on their temperament and past experiences with other animals.
Starting at the beginning with a new puppy and a new kitten is the easiest way – young animals like to play together and will build their relationship. A new puppy or kitten hasn’t built a territory either so there’s nothing to defend.
If you have a dog and are planning to bring in a cat, start working on your pet’s obedience before you add the new animal. Your dog should be comfortable on a leash, and trained well enough to obey when you ask for them to stay in either a sit or down position while on the leash.
For the cat’s comfort and safety he should be confined during the early stages of introduction. Choose a small area (such as a second bathroom or guest bedroom) where the cat can feel safe while becoming accustomed to the sounds and smells of the dog. Be sure the room has everything he needs, and make sure there are frequent one-on-one visits with human family members.
KNOW YOUR PETS’ PERSONALITY
Both the cat’s personality and dog’s must be taken into account.
We’ve all known extremely aggressive cats who’ll fight to keep their home turf free of all intruders. A cat like that probably will be miserable about a new dog — and make everyone else miserable also.
DOGS AND CATS CAN BE FRIENDS!!Don't worry too much about your dog and cat. If you take the above into consideration, and continue researching about how best to socialize your favourite pals, they will become firm friends.