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Dogs and Cats can Coexist

Updated on December 20, 2017
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Stacie L has raised many pets and had some cats live into the twenties. She also ran a successful pet sitting service.

Pet friendships

Dogs can live with cats and cats can live with dogs. Some people think that these pets are natural enemies. The fact that Fido evolved from the ferocious gray wolf because early humans bred away their vicious nature.

The modern day kitty is believed to evolve from an African wild cat so it has some of its' vicious ancestral traits as well. The thought of having both living in the same home frightens those who are misinformed. They may be unfriendly outside of a home environment or in the wild, but living together is another story.


The media and movies have been responsible for the misinformation about pets. The cat is often described as being aloof, sneaky and cunning. They can't be trusted and will scratch your eyes out when you are asleep. Yes, those sentiments are still uttered by people in my community.

On the other hand, dogs are said to to be trustworthy, loyal, good hunters and will guard the house. The fact is, any cat has the same traits and characteristics. Although they cannot scratch out your eyes, they can be quiet, cunning and just as sneaky. Just ask anyone that left a sandwich on the coffee table.

My experience with both cats and dogs

I can tell anyone from my experience that dogs and cats can get along in the same home. They may behave like little children at times, with sibling rivalry, but it is doable.

I have made it known in previous hubs that I do prefer felines but I like and have lived with both. The way they are introduced to the each other are very important considerations.

The size of each, the ages of both canine and feline, their previous owners, health issues, children in the home, time spent with them and etc.

One other consideration to take into effect is your present living situation.If you are renting or own a home. If you are transferred every so many months for your job or if you are in the military, will have some definite results. I've moved many times as a child and some pets do not handle this very well.

in other words, there are many variables to take into consideration before placing these pets in the same home. My pets were haphazardly placed into our home of four children and two parents. They were usually found on the street and some stayed a few weeks but most for many years. Introducing a new cat to a group of established cats takes a lot of patience. Add a dog or two to the mix and it will feel like Wrestle mania every hour.

cat and dog living on boat
cat and dog living on boat

Introduce pets carefully

There are definite ways to introduce a new pet to a home with older or established pets. It will take more time so don't rush the process.

The established pet will have dominance issues and first try to run off the new pet. Dogs will try to bite and chase the cat, or a cat will scratch a nosy dog.

My home had 4 cats and two dogs when we adopted another one. The poor newcomer had to endure sniffing , and snarling when he ventured too close to their food bowls. The other felines screamed and spit when he walked into a room. And, they chased him out of the yard whenever they all went outside. It's a wonder he stayed at all!.

Points to Remember

Here are some useful points to keep in mind when introducing a new cat or dog.

  • Spread some blankets and other items around the house with the new pet's scent on it.

  • Watch the reactions of the established pets when they smell the new scent

  • bring the new pet in gradually,in short 5-15 minute increments

  • let the newcomer smell the other pets scents from their belongings

  • bring the newcomer into the home such as one room,at a time

  • introduce a new pet such as a dog to the cat or the other way around for 5 minutes

  • gradually increase the time the two pets are together. Only do this with one at a time

  • depending on the reactions of the other pets, bring the cat into the dogs space and sit to watch

  • or bring the dog into the cats space and watch the interaction

  • don't make a fuss over the new pet

true love!cat and dog love each other
true love!cat and dog love each other | Source


The thought of these vastly different species co-habitating peacefully together is unthinkable to some. Dogs and cats are thought to be natural enemies. I don't think this is true and only in extreme cases, such they be taken out of the home.

Dogs and cats can be friends and live in the same home. As stated before, the variables such as the number of other pets and types, ages, health issues, number of children in the home and time for the pets are all important considerations.

I don't recommend introducing a young kitten to an old cat or dog. This only upsets them as they think you are no longer want them.

With much patience and understanding, dogs and cats can be friends.

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  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    5 years ago

    Yes, I agree,it depends on the owner and how its' handled. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Dogs and cats can Coexist Hub!

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    5 years ago

    Years ago, we had a cat and a dog with no problems. They slept together, and seemed to have no problems. Now I know several people who have both cats and dogs living together happily. A lot depends on the owner and how they were introduced.

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    donald fronczak 

    5 years ago from lansing mi

    my girlfriends parents foster cat and dog so we know all about having to have the coexiestence. nice post.

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    6 years ago

    akriki and peachprple;thanks for reading my hub about dogs and cats living under the same roof.

  • peachpurple profile image


    6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    whenever my old cat sees a dog, she will run away. I think I have to keep a new kitten and a pup

  • Akriti Mattu profile image

    Akriti Mattu 

    6 years ago from Shimla, India

    About 5 years ago, i also had a dog and a cat living under the same roof

    It was good reading your post :)

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    6 years ago

    I can't really answer that question. It all depends on the animals personalities, background, life experiences, health,breed,etc.

    The older cat in general may be domineering or timid of a new animal.

    Introducing a new animal may require short periods of time together to see how they react.

    Good luck.

  • peachpurple profile image


    6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    my cat is 8 years old, so if I get a young pup, it won't match right? If I get an old dog, would it bite off my cat's neck?

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    6 years ago

    Thank you for visiting my Hub Valuable Tips for Pet Friendships.

    I raised dogs and cats together and they don't always have a harmonious friendship.

    They are just like people;sometimes sweet and sometimes fussy! ;-)

  • peachpurple profile image


    6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    I have two cats, fear of dogs, very rare to see anyone with cats and dogs stay under one roof

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    8 years ago

    Thanks for reading my dogs and cats can live together hub. As I state din the forums my family had many stray dogs and cats and they all managed to get along. Some days were bad and others good; just like people! LOL

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    8 years ago from Valencia

    What a great Hub! I know we will be up for a challenge in a few months.

    Our two cats will meet our new dog. I'm focussing on the great part of it. One big happy family after a whole lot of love and patience to get along.

    Through the video I found some more on YouTube. Some are really funny to watch and some are just plain sweet about cat and dog love.

    Voted up, shared and hit some buttons!

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    Vin Chauhun 

    8 years ago from Durban

    i read this article at great risk to myself...if the cats knew i was reading this....well....folks may never hear from again....there is a cat meeting taking place but i have to be quick, they could be back any second........i believe in some cases cats can be friends....witho

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    Princesswithapen: thank you for reading my cats and dogs can be friends hub. I appreciate you sending it along.

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    9 years ago

    I know a friend who has a dog and two cats. Yes, they can live together but she does have to put up with multiple needs all at once. I hope this hub reaches out to folks thinking of keeping both, a cat and a dog as pets at the same time.


  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    molometer: thank you for stopping by and leaving your comment. Cats are certainly different than dogs but patience can pay off and they can be friends.

  • molometer profile image


    9 years ago from United Kingdom

    I have only ever had dogs. Cats seem somehow different.

    I know now that they can get on. Thanks.

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on cats and dogs can be friends.

    I have had both and personalities are definitely the issue. LOL

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    9 years ago from Texas

    I find that this usually depends on the cat. If the cat is open to being friends, the dog usually is, too. If the cat wants to run, all bets are off! Voted up and useful! :)

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    @peggy W:Thanks for reading my dogs and cats living together hub. Pets are like little children;they fuss and fight,but usually sort it out in the end.

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    Peggy Woods 

    9 years ago from Houston, Texas

    •don't make a fuse over the new pet

    I think that is key to introducing new pets into a house. In fact, the older pets may need some extra attention at that time.

    We have never had a problem with dogs and cats. They seem to make their own determination as to which one is dominant and generally make their own peace rather quickly.

    Voted up and interesting as well as useful.

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    @cloverleaffarm: thanks for commenting on my dogs and cats hub. It does depend on the dog and cats but since your poor dog is outnumbered,he has to be friendly.LOL

  • Stacie L profile imageAUTHOR

    Stacie L 

    9 years ago

    @itakins: yes, the dog always wants to be friendly...cats don't like that wet nose sniffing them.LOL

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    Healing Herbalist 

    9 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

    Well, considering I have one dog, and seven cats who like to cuddle together I would have to say yes. But, it does depend on the dog..and cat.

    Loved you hub. Voted up.

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    9 years ago from Irl

    I agree with you,dogs and cats can live very happily together - the funny thing is it always seem to be the dog who tries to be more friendly of the two,while the cats remain aloof, as only cats can be.Great, and interesting hub.


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