Why don’t cats and dogs like each other? Why don’t cats and dogs get along? Here are some answers to these questions.
Dogs come off as aggressive
Dogs come right up to a new creature and sniff them. Cats find this unnerving. Dogs make eye contact with the new creature, something felines find threatening. A cat may hiss at the dog and therefore traumatize him, causing the dog to act aggressive the next time he sees a cat. This is why cats and dogs often won’t get along.
Dogs seem scary to cats because they’re larger predators, and dogs like to chase cats because they’re smaller and quick to run.
Very different species
Dogs and cats have been raised differently and share different evolutionary traits. Dogs are pack animals, and cats are loners. Dogs want to be together all the time and do things together, and cats need alone time. That’s one of the reasons why dogs and cats don’t get along.
Some dogs like to dominate. It’s part of dogs social codes. When one dog is dominate, the other dog is expected to show submission to prevent a fight. Cats don’t have submission in their nature. Not pack animals by nature, they never had to submit to anyone, and they’re not going to start now.
Both meat eaters, wildcats and wolves have been fighting each other for food and maybe territory way before they were domesticated.
My cat and dog don’t get along. What should I do?
Owners of cats and dogs often face this problem. But there’s a solution. Cats can’t be trained, but dogs can. Train you dog to lie still and be quiet so the cat won’t freak out. If the cat can spend time with the dog in the same room, without the dog running and barking, the feline may get used to the dog.
Let your dog and cat watch each other through a closed glass door. This way, the cat feels safer.
Switch their blankets, so the dog will sleep on the blanket with the cat’s smell, and the cat will get used to the dog’s smell.
Feed them in different bowls, with a distance in between, to prevent fights over the food.
Let them meet each other during treat-handing time. Your dog’s and cat’s favorite treats given at times when they meet each other, so they associate each other’s presence as a positive event.
Place your dog on your right and your cat on your left, and pet them for a long time. Again, this can make them associate each other’s presence with love and affection.
When buying a new pet, make sure to give plenty of attention, affection, and playtime to the old pet to prevent jealousy.
Dogs and cat can get along
If raised together since kittenhood and pupyhood, dogs and cats usually get along great. Or if the cat raises a tiny pup who doesn’t look too threatening. Or the dog can feel parental and protective toward a tiny kitten, and the kitten is too young to fear dogs. By the time the kitten grows up, he’s used to the dog and sees him as a parental figure.
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