Getting Started: Canine - Feline peace process
The most common
reason why cats and dogs don't
get along is lack of early socialization when they were most likely to adopt another species into their
Without those early introductions, there is a tendency
to treat new individuals as
"outsiders" to be
distrusted. You can help
your kitten overcome social disabilities but count on a lot of time,
patience, and careful supervision.
The second most common reason that dogs and cats don't get along
is because pet parents do not prevent the dog from chasing the
cat. Chasing the cat
triggers the canine instinct
to "chase prey!"
are not natural prey of dogs, in the heat
of the moment, dogs focus more
on the thrill of the chase than on what they are chasing. In most cases,
cat stops running, and
is able to find a high perch out of reach of the dog, the
chase is over, and the dog loses
However, once the dog gets into a vicious cycle of chasing the
cat and getting a thrill, changing this pattern is much harder.
Cats naturally fear and will avoid dogs that chase them.
cats may turn aggressive towards dogs. Rarely will a chased cat
feel comfortable or friendly around the canine culprit. However,
there are individual cats that do see this as play, too, because
the dog never harms them.