We’ve all seen it played out in cartoons, pop culture and everything in between: cats and dogs just don’t get along.

But is that really true? Whether you have a cat, dog, or both, there are certain reasons why cats and dogs can get along…and why not. If you’re deciding whether or not to become a multi-pet household, keep these things in mind before making any decisions!

PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES

Just like humans, pets have their own personalities. Although cats are typically more timid compared to dogs, that’s not always the case. Maybe you have a more anxious dog and a cat that goes with the flow. Keep in mind that certain breeds of dogs are more easygoing than others. If your cat and dog are more stereotypical in their personality types, that’s ok – just have reasonable expectations about the potential dynamics of their relationship.

AGE MATTERS

Similarly, the age of either of your pets will make a difference in how they interact. An older cat might be more territorial if a puppy is introduced to the home than the other way around, although not always. Again – it’s important to pay attention to your specific pet. For example, even if a family member wants a puppy for their birthday, if you have an older cat in your home, think twice about introducing the new pets without careful consideration of their personalities, temperaments, and ages.

REFRESH OBEDIENCE LESSONS

This is particularly relevant for situations where a cat is joining a household with a dog but could be applied in the reverse scenarios as well. Make sure to brush up on any obedience training for your dog to help establish proper boundaries around their new feline friend. If you’ve never done it, now’s a great time to do so. Putting limits on the dog’s ability to get too close to the cat can make a lot of difference, as dogs are, stereotypically at least, more likely to chase the cat than the other way around. Similarly, do you have specific locations for both the cat and dog to retreat to as their own? Cats are known for territorial nature. Consider separating the pets with physical boundaries to ensure the safest transition possible for all of you.

BE PATIENT

Change is difficult for us humans, so how much more so can we expect it to be for our furry friends? As wonderful as it would be, it’s best not to assume that a beautiful friendship will begin the very first day your pets meet each other. Like any good thing, it takes time for good relationships to form. Be patient with yourself – and your pets – during the transition period.

If you’re planning on adding to your pet family with a new dog or cat, transitioning other pets – especially when they’re the opposite to your new friend, is very important. With time, consideration, and attention to the personal needs of each pet, though, it is possible for cats and dogs to share the same household and, seemingly, actually like it!

Whether you have cats or dogs, The Good Dog Spot offers a variety of grooming, daycare, and overnight care services. Stop in or call us to ask about how we can help your pet feel doted on today.

Call Us to book your spot (413) 534-1333

35 C North Chicopee Street Chicopee, MA 01020

139 King Street Northampton, MA 01060

ABOUT US

Our Mission is to ensure pet parents’ peace of mind by providing consistent, compassionate grooming services and a nurturing, safe and fun environment for pets to socialize and grow through our daycare and overnight programs.

Chicopee hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00 - 5:00pm 

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

Northampton hours

  • Monday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Tuesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Thursday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday  7:00am - 6:30pm
  • Saturday  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday  8:00am - 9:00am
    & 4:00pm - 5:00pm

We are closed between 12:30-1:30 for lunch

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