Discussion about a dog and cat living happily together at home
By Hanni Harel
October 12, 2021 11:11pm CST
Thank you Linda for your post by putting a picture of a dog and cat being loving to each other. I had a dog and cat at home and they loved each other. Each time I took my dog out and even though she had her own cat at home she still liked to chase cats. I often wondered if that is instinct or why if they have a cat at home they love they still have to chase other cats outside. Does anyone know the answer to that?
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• Bangalore, India
@Hannihar I had a really terrible experience with cat in my childhood and that has instilled a lot of fear. I freeze if I see any cat in close proximity. I don't dislike them but yes due to that incident, I don't feel safe and secure around them.
@arunima25 I am sorry that happened and can understand how cats can scare you. I had a cat with my dog and loved them both so much and have another cat and love her too but we have issues at times. Cats can be very different than dogs.
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@Marilynda1225 Yes, it was good they got along and loved each other. I loved both of them so much and was so glad that my dog wanted to protect her little sister cat but outside she still wanted to chase other cats. When our cat would run from dogs she was not happy that they chased her.
@JimBo452020 I have no idea. I have wondered about that question for a long time. When I had my dog and used to take her out on walks when she wanted to chase a cat I used to tell her she had her own at home and did not have to chase cats. Maybe it is just something dogs do no matter what. I have no idea. I always wondered about it.
@sjvg1976 That is a good one. I think it depends on the dog and the cat on whether they can live together inside in harmony and the dog's instinct is to chase cats outside. My dog always wanted to protect my cat from other dogs when they were inside together.
@Shavkat Maybe because you have more dogs and cats at home and they do not get along with one another because maybe each one wants your full attention. I had only one dog and one cat and the dog came first and the cat came 2nd and they just had a good bond with each other.
• Moses Lake, Washington
My Leah was loving with cats to a certain extent. This new addition, Rufus, is not to be trusted with cats and other smaller creatures. He is better than he was but I would not leave him alone with a cat. I guess I am saying I don't have an answer to your good question.
Yes, in general, domestic cats and dogs will get along with each other. Because they meet every day, and are also very well cared for and taught discipline by their master. Very different from street dogs and stray cats. When they meet, they will fight.
@maratai Not all cats and dogs that live together in a home get along. I was very lucky and others have been too. I witnessed my dog even though she had her own cat at home want to chase other cats outside so I cannot agree with what you wrote here.
• Boise, Idaho
Ahh! When I was a youngster and living at my grandparent's house I woke one morning to see the house cat and our dear dog sleeping together. The cat was curled up against the dog. It was so sweet I will never forget it.
Hello, In my opinion is their instinct, as ususally cats are smaller than dogs they will chase them like a haunting instic, just as they chase bunnys and mice, also I think is like who has the control or which one is the strongest thing between animals. Like cats go behind mice, small birds and lizards. In my case my cat was here before my dog, and he reallyy respect her. Since day one she showed him that she was the one making the rules, they love each other really much, they sleep together, always be together when shes home with the food, in the other hand, as my cat only like dog food, first she eats and then he eats. So I would say is just natural instincs. (This is just my opnion, Im not a professional in that area)
@cafeconleche353 I found that when my dog passed away and I still had my cat she did not want any other pets in our home. I did not know about chasing bunnies and mice. Maybe it depends on the animal and if they were taught discipline and manners before they came to you. My cat I have now was left to die so she has a biting problem. My other cat only bit me once because I was fighting with someone in our home and she did not like it. She was well behaved other than that and if she did not like someone she might hiss at them. I believe you are right that it is instinct.
@BelleStarr That was the only dog I actually had. I would like another but l prefer labs or huskies and they are big dogs so just Sophie and I. Sophie was left to die at a very young age so she never learned manners so just her and me and no other pets. Not sure she would get along with other pets so I only have her and I know it is hard for her because she does not understand when I have to work on the computer and that takes away her attention from me. So when you had cats and dogs and the dogs went outside did they want to chase cats even though they had them at home?