Having a Cat and a Dog Together

Having a Cat and a Dog Together

Are you a dog person or a cat person? 

This question drives me crazy as I simply adore both dogs and cats. “Dog vs cat people” seems to be a standoff that has existed since the dawn of time (well, maybe not quite). 

Usually people think of pets as “this or that” – one or the other. When it comes to cats and dogs, it seems people have either/or, not both! This, however, doesn’t have to be the case. If, like me, you want to be both a dog and cat parent, this is totally possible. 

Although dogs and cats may be very different pets when it comes to care and personality, these two can cohabitate and even have a loving relationship. If you are looking to learn more about dogs and cats being siblings, then keep on reading!  


First things first – there are some considerations to take into account before committing to a dog and a cat. If you have an existing pet, it might be wise to reflect upon their age and temperament. 

It might be easier for these two to get along if they grow up together from a young age. An already established family member might struggle with the addition of a new pet in their home. Sometimes, unfortunately, certain animals do not have the personality for a new member. If possible, see how your pet does around a dog/cat before bringing a new addition. 

Space Considerations 

Before diving into cat/dog cohabitation, consider where your pet will spend time when you're not home and when they sleep. Do you have plenty of space for these two to have their own defined areas? Maybe somewhere secluded for your feline or cozy for your pup will be desired. 

First Meeting 

If you are introducing a new cat and dog, it is generally wise to take it slow. Here are some ideas and best practices according to How Dogs and Cats Can Coexist: 

  • Keep the pets separated 
  • Ensure the cat is at the dog’s eye level 
  • Keep a hold on both animals, maybe by using a leash or harness
  • Allow them to spend a few minutes together several times a day to ensure they can grow comfortable
  • If either animal seems scared or angry, immediately separate them 

Make sure these two become very comfortable before leaving them alone together. It is important to be cautious as both animals can get feisty if they feel unsafe. A negative interaction can create lasting distaste for other animals, so take it slow! 

What Breeds do Well with Other Animals 

If you are looking for a breed that will be notably compatible with other animals, check out 10 Dog Breeds That Get Along Well With Cats. “Some dogs were historically bred to hunt… Therefore, a running cat can spark this predatory impulse.” 

If you have a natural born hunter or a herder on your hands, they may struggle with a new kitty sibling. Lower energy and easygoing personalities are usually a good idea. This includes golden retrievers, labs, and beagles! 

As for types of cats, check out 12 Cat Breeds That Get Along with Dogs. Of note are easygoing and affectionate American Shorthairs known for their social and playful personalities. A Main Coon could even be described as a bit of a dog-like cat – they may enjoy leashed walks and playing fetch! 

Anecdotal Perspective

Admittedly, I haven’t known many dog and cat homes, but one story of sibling love recently came to my attention. Meet Raven and Titus. 

Raven was a pitbull mix and Titus is an orange tabby. As you can tell by their precious photo, these two were loving siblings. 

They didn’t necessarily meet at a young age, though, as both of them were a few years old when they became introduced. As noted previously, these two were kept in separate spaces. This best practice was of great success as they slowly got used to each other and their scents. 

Ultimately, they became BFFs that loved spending time together, including exploring outside and cuddling. These two go to show the beauty of a cat/dog friendship when approached considerately and lovingly! 

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