Dogs and cats both are predatory animals in nature. Both of these animals are genetically designed to chase the smaller animals. In the case of dogs, prey chase is mainly dependent on the breeds as some breeds tend to have much more innate desire to chase moving objects than the others. Owing to the predatory nature, both the species are very territorial, and the presiding animal might feel vulnerable by the addition of the new animal to the family.
However, some breeds of dog are known to be significantly nice with children as well as with the cats. If you are a cat parent and plan on getting a dog, it is appropriate to consult the specific breeder to determine whether the dog breed is recommended as a partner to your cat. Moreover, it is also dependent on the level of activity desired for your cat. For instance, the Maltese dog breed would love to nap with the cat more than run or chase and the Affenpinscher breed would like to play hunting with the cat rather than settling down.
Golden Retriever is one of the dog breeds that are great for the children. It is also tolerant of the other pets of the home. Golden retrievers are amazing with all cats irrespective of their age and size. Like most of the dogs, it won’t be rough with the cat even when they are playing. It is considerate enough to give the cat, status of a family member if it is introduced at an early age.
Although golden retrievers are not suitable as a guard dog yet they will safeguard a kitten that they intend to nurture and raise. These are the easiest to train breeds due to their obedient nature. They are willing to try anything again and again unless they are exhausted to their limits. Golden retriever fulfills the criterion of a family dog, great companion, hardworking and obedient.
The retrievers are good with the cats and accept them as a family, but they need to be introduced at very early age. The introduction is the most important step in making both of them comfortable in the new living scenario. It is not suitable to throw them together and hoping something best would come out of it, one of them will get seriously hurt. The introduction should be done in gradual steps while supervising your pets. There should be no direct unsupervised contact unless you are certain that they will get along. Below listed are some guidelines to ease out the introduction.
In the first few days, both should be separate from each other. There should be no face to face interaction. Let them get accustomed to the smell of each other. Another option is utilizing a pen. It will allow both of them to smell and see each other without physical interactions.
After both are comfortable with the smell of each other and not depicting any rude gesture, it’s time for leashed introductions. Let both animals in the same room with each other leashed. Continue this interaction unless both are calm and happy. Reinstate the behavior by rewarding the animals. If gestures of anger are displayed by any one of them, then leashed interaction should be continued for a longer period.
After successful leashed interactions unleashed and unsupervised interactions should be allowed between both of them. However, unsupervised interaction should be allowed after a considerable time of supervised interaction, and there is certainty that both will be happy with each other.
Additional Tip for living with a puppy and a cat
Place the cat’s supplies at a place where the dog cannot get it. Also, cover the litter box and put it out of the reach of the dog. Most of the golden puppies opt to eat anything that fits in its mouth. It can result in bowel obstruction. Put the small cat toys out of reach and try to choose the larger toys.
Wendy Shore is a parent of two amazing dogs. She is very enthusiastic about pet health and welfare in general. She regularly blogs at https://www.totallygoldens.com/.