A classic conundrum!
It is usually a misconception that felines and canines are mortal enemies. There is evidence to the contrary. This group of pictures are so adorable it is hard to just love one. If you love dogs there is a good chance that you are someone who has a special place in your heart for animals. The decision has been made. A cuddly kitty is already in the mix, and now you are planning to share your home to a dog.
According to David H. Grimm, author of Citizen Canine: Our Evolving Relationship with Cats and Dogs , “85% of dog/cat pairings can be successful. There are probably some trainers out there who will give you an even higher percentage… there are about 10% of dogs that have such a high prey drive that it isn’t worth the trouble to train them to live with a cat. The other 5% of cases that don’t work are due to pet parents not properly monitoring and molding the relationship.”
You can only hope that your cat and dog will at least tolerate each other. It would be better if they were as close as siblings or life-long friends. The relationship between your pets doesn’t have to be based on luck, some thoughtful planning can help ensure a smooth transition for all family members, people and pets.