Are you a cat owner and are wondering if your Chihuahua will get along with it? Well, we’re going to answer that question for you.
Many families with cats and dogs often wonder if their pets will get along. Cats and dogs typically don’t like one another, but it is possible that a Chihuahua and cat can be friends!
Chihuahuas are small, energetic dogs that, with proper training, make good companions for cats. If you train your chihuahua properly for socialization skills, introduce them to each other in the right way from an early age, they just make for good roommates!
You may be wondering how two seemingly opposing animals like Chihuahuas and cats could get along. In this blog post, we’re going to go over some ways that the two can cohabitate harmoniously. We’ll also give you a few tips on how to ensure your Chihuahua and cat are best friends.
But before we begin, it’s important for us to go over the huge personality of both the chihuahua and cat breeds.
The Chihuahua’s Personality
Chihuahuas have a protective streak in their animal nature that is present in both the male and female chihuahua, although the trait is more dominant among females as they were originally pack animals. Chihuahuas also tend to become very attached to their owners and are very loyal creatures.
They crave attention and love to be the center of their owner’s world. Chihuahuas are also very intelligent but have a stubborn streak that can be hard for owners to work with until they’re trained properly.
The Cat’s Personality
Cats are also very loyal and loving, but in a different way than dogs. Cats tend not to like change and can become easily stressed out when it happens. They don’t show affection in the same manner as Chihuahuas either; cats will be more reserved with their affection unless they’re willing to give it.
They also have a very independent personality and can often seem aloof around people they don’t know. If you’ve owned, or wish to own a cat as well as a Chihuahua, these are all things that you’ll want to take into consideration before bringing the two together.
Now that we’ve covered the personalities of Chihuahuas and cats, let’s move on to some tips on how you can ensure that your two pets get along.
Before You Bring Your Pets Together
It’s very important that you have a fenced-in yard for your Chihuahua before you bring it home if you already own a cat or multiple cats for their initial interaction. They are very small creatures and can be easily injured or killed by a cat if there is no fence to separate them.
If you have any reason to believe that your cat may become aggressive towards your Chihuahua, it’s best you place your Chihuahua in another room before introducing them. If the aggression is triggered during the initial introduction, you may want to consider giving the cat away.
If you feel that your Chihuahua can get along with your cat, it’s important that you introduce them in a timely manner. Start by placing the one that is least likely to run away into another room, then slowly introduce the two over several weeks.
The Right Way To Bring Them Together
After you’ve introduced them and they seem to be getting along, it’s important that your Chihuahua and cat only interact through a barrier.
For instance, if the two will be sharing a room together, make sure their beds are separated by a door or baby gate. This will allow them to become accustomed to one another’s presence without being able to get into a fight.
Also, giving your cat and Chihuahua their own set of toys can help prevent tension between them. In addition, make sure that both of your pets have enough food, water in their own feeding station and places to sleep before allowing them together in one room.
Please remember that some cats will never be able to play nicely with small dogs, especially those that are as small as Chihuahuas. If you feel like your cat will not be able to interact properly for whatever reason, place them in separate rooms and allow them their own free time together.
Always supervise the two when they are playing together for the first few times. Make sure that your two pets aren’t engaging in aggressive play and remove them from the room if they begin to get rambunctious, just to be on the safe side.
Tasty treats and positive reinforcement can go a long way in training your Chihuahua to get along with your cat, just as toys and praise can help train their cat. If you stick with it and take the right precautions, both of your pets will be able to coexist together without any problems!
Before You Bring Your Chihuahua Home
If you already own a cat, take it into consideration before bringing a new pet into your home. Chihuahuas are much more likely to be injured by cats than the other way around.
If you have no reason to believe that your cat could hurt your Chihuahua, slowly introduce them in a few weeks’ time so each one can become accustomed to the other’s presence. In addition, make sure that both of your pets have their own food, water, and places to sleep.
With proper precautions put into place, many people have been able to successfully bring a Chihuahua home even if they already owned a cat.
In conclusion, Chihuahuas can be great with cats as long as you take the time to properly introduce them. If you don’t feel like your cat will be able to get along with a Chihuahua, it’s best that you keep them separate.
Remember that all pets are different and they may not always get along.