Can I have a dog AND a cat together in one house?
We are thinking of bringing a German Shepard puppy home. Will my cat socialize with this puppy nicely??
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There are no guarantees Simba will like the puppy very much, and German Shepherds aren't one of the best dog breeds for living with cats, but if you get a young puppy and work hard to train it they should be able to at least live together comfortably even if they won't be best friends. We know a family that breeds German Shepherds and they have always had 1-3 cats and never had any problems. If you do get a puppy make sure Simba has lots of high sturdy places he can easily get to where he will be out of the puppy's reach, and if possible use a puppy gate to give Simba his own puppy-free territory in the house until you know they get along fine. Also try to select a puppy with a quiet disposition- the least playful and excitable of the litter, as they will be less likely to want to chase poor Simba all the time.
Cali answered on 12/28/11. Helpful? / 0
Cats and dogs are not natural enemies. A cat does not see a dog as a "dog" and visa versa. More than anything, your cat may see the puppy as an invander in her territory. Whether the animals get along is largely due to their personality and how the intros are handled. If your cat is social and accepting, things will go easier. If your cat is aggressive or shy, you'll have to work harder to a peaceful relationship. Make sure your cat has plenty of places to get away from the pup. Don't reprimand her for hissing or swatting. It's how she's teaching the pup what's acceptable and what's not. You must constantly supervise the pup and discourage him from bullying your cat. Keep in mind that German Shepherds are large and can be more aggressive than a dog such as a Golden or Lab. As I do with my Husky/Shepherd/Dobie rescue, you will always have to keep an eye on the interactions of the dog and cat. Enlist the help of your vet to effect a peaceful co-existence and things should go well for all
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 12/28/11. Helpful? / 0