One of the most common questions of dachshund owners is whether their dog will get along with a cat. Dogs and cats don’t have a good reputation for getting along. Thus the phrase “fighting like cats and dogs”. Some even believe that cats and dogs are natural enemies, destined by nature to hate each other. So are dachshunds good with cats? Let figure it out.
Dogs and cats living together
The fact is the dogs and cats can, and often become friends and companions. A well-socialized dog will get along just fine with cats in most circumstances. If the dog and cat are familiar with each other from a young age, they will likely have a good friendship.
There are many aspects to consider to determine whether your dachshund and cat will get along with each other. The most important is the personality of both animals and their past experiences. If your dog has had bad experiences with cats before, he will probably act aggressively toward cats and the other way around.
According to Animal Behaviour specialists, if you are introducing a dachshund puppy to a kitty, it’s most likely that both animals will hit it off and get along fine as they grow up together. However, be careful when introducing a kitty to a grown dog or a puppy to a grown cat.
If your dachshund is not well socialized and behaves aggressively towards the kitty, is best to keep them apart as your dachshund could hurt or even kill the kitty. On the other hand, an aggressive cat can also be a threat to a doxie puppy.
Getting to know each other
Dachshunds are very territorial. If your doxie has established his dominion over your house, introducing a new cat can be very difficult. If this is the case, start slowly. The first step is making your dog meet the kitty in a “neutral” zone so your dog won’t consider the cat an intruder. If they get along well, bring the cat home but keep the kitty in a restricted area where your doxie can’t get. Block off a room or section of your house if necessary. Do this until your dog becomes used to the cat. Then let them be together under supervision. Do this until you are sure that your dachshund has accepted the cat as a member of the household.
Let them see each other
Is a good idea to use look-through barriers like a mesh net gate, so they can get used to each other presence. Also is very important that you don’t neglect your dog while giving attention to the cat. This will make your dachshund jealous, if this happens it will be very difficult for your dog to accept the cat. If you are introducing a puppy to a cat, just do the same but in reverse.