Dog and cat in the same household – is that even possible? Yes, it is even very good and it is wonderful to watch how these different species of animals come together to form a well-rehearsed team. Who knows a more comfortable sight when the dog and cat are wrapped tightly around sleeping? Even the stories of the basset bitch, who threw a bird like a ball with the cat of the family, and the cat, who always brought home a dog – mostly dead mice – as a sign of their friendship after their nightly excursions, are not invented; they actually happened in the author’s family. The bird was saved by the mistress of the two four-legged friends – much to their displeasure – and the dead mice were snatched from the disappointed dog. However, until it comes to the intimate relationship between velvet paw and dog, a lot of preparatory work has to be done to get the animals used to each other and to clear up misunderstandings. After all, dog and cat have different, and in some cases even opposite, body languages to express themselves. Then it comes to the fact that dogs are hunters, but cats want to play. This can sometimes lead to minor misunderstandings. For dogs with a strong hunting instinct, such as terriers, who were formerly bred as hunters, it can be more difficult to manage with cats than for herding dogs or commercial dogs.
Careful approach prevents stress
The easiest way to get used to dog puppies and cat children. Adult animals also best accept the other if they are still in their infancy. A puppy that makes friends with cats very early on will no longer consider them prey throughout their lives. Who was “master in the house” first, is irrelevant, if one approaches the thing carefully and prepares the animals well for each other. At the first meeting, the new addition will remain for the time being only in one room. The old-established four-legged friend should have the opportunity to go to the newcomer and visit him. Never place your dog and cat face to face, which creates tension, anxiety or aggression. Dogs and cats should get to know each other without fear and without being threatened. Use the sense of smell of the animals by putting something that smells of the dog in the cat basket and an object with a smell of cats in the dog bed. In this way, the animals are, so to speak, made familiar in their sleep.
Initially, do not leave without supervision
Do not leave dog and cat unattended in the first weeks, because a temporary rest does not mean that the fronts are already cleared. If you notice restlessness, anxiety or threatening behavior of the four-legged friends, you can distract the animals with a feed ration. To do this, feed the dog and cat in a room, but far apart. Thus, the two are distracted, but smell the other and unknowingly associate it with the pleasant occupation of “eating”.
Velvet paws mostly in boss position
Cats are born to the boss and take this position also gladly opposite the owner and the dog – the size of the dog does not matter. They threaten by putting up their hair and petting. Now and then they also miss the dog a few slaps in order to break down their boss position. The ice is broken when the cat asks the dog to play with the game and the dog reacts with friendly tail-tailing.
Take note of food offense
Even though dogs and cats have become best friends, it is important to feed them separately. Because when it comes to food, friendly fellowship can quickly turn into a brawl. In addition, dog and cat have a different need for nutrients and should not already nibble the other’s food for health reasons. And last but not least, the two differ in feeding behavior. The dog as a pack animal quickly slips down its food. Cats as loners do not need this; they eat slowly and not all at once. Therefore, it is better to feed dog and cat separately and to choose the feeding place of the velvet paw so that it is not accessible to the dog.
Dog and cat learn “foreign languages”
Even with the slightest changes of the young dog, the vet should be visited. Because young animals do not have any reserves and quickly reach their physical limits. This means that diseases in animal babies are much faster than in adult quadrupeds.
To get along in the long run, the four-legged couple must learn to interpret each other’s body language correctly. For example, the velvet paw does not know that tail wagging of the dog means friendliness. She shows it differently and tenderly bites into the tail of the dog, which must first get used to it.
* Raised tail: Watch out, I’m tall and strong, come closer to me submissively, says the dog, holding his rod up. The cat on the other hand shows that she is friendly and wants to be petted.
* Gaze: Velvet paws fixate their counterparts, because it is common among cats to make contact and to signal by looks, if one is well-minded. Dogs makes this behavior more aggressive.
* Raise the paw: If the dog raises his paw lightly, it means he wants attention; If he raises her, he begs for love. However, when cats raise their paws, they begin to distribute blows.
* Bow: When the dog “bows” – ie presses the upper body on the ground and paws forward – he expresses that he wants to play. Exactly the opposite means this gesture with the cat: it indicates that she wants to be left alone.
* Laying on your back: a dog presents its opponent with his throat and belly when he surrenders and lays on his back. Quite different is the cat: she throws herself in the supine position when she feels threatened and thus shows her weapons, the knife-sharp claws.