Although I am a proud Pug owner and love my little dog to bits, I have no shame in admitting I love cats too. The first question that popped up in my mind every time I planned on getting a pet cat was, “do pugs get along with cats?” Oddly enough, yes, pugs do get along with cats in “most” of the cases, but not all. It all depends on the age and personality of your dog. Young puppies can be trained to get along with cats and vice versa. Sometimes the dog tends to dominate the cat while at other times, the cat dominates and scares away the little Pug. Read on to know more about Pugs, how to introduce pugs to cats, and what to do if things don’t go as planned?
Are Pugs Friendly?
Pugs are generally friendly and easy to pet. They easily get along with new individuals and pets or the environment. However, with cats, it is a bit risky, but very much possible if both Pugs and cats are well trained to live together.
Which Characteristics Make a Pug Live Peacefully with a Cat?
When it comes to petting both cats and dogs in the same home, there are certain characteristics due to which this specific breed of dog is preferred over others. These include:
Pugs are Small:
They are also commonly known as the toy breed due to their small size. The cats are not intimidated by pugs when they are first introduced. Pugs do not take up a lot of space; hence, cats do not have to give up from their territory to the new intruder.
No Hunter Instincts:
Unlike other dog breeds such as bulldogs, collies, and pit bulls, pugs do not have the same hunting instincts. They will not target or prey on other pets in the house. This lack of hunter/prey instinct in pugs helps them get along with cats just fine. The cats, on the other hand, will also not bother the Pug because of its small size, it won’t feel threatened.
Pugs are very friendly; they are not easily provoked. They are very loyal and loveable creatures. With proper training, pugs can be very kind to your cat. Cats do not feel threatened around pugs because they do not dominate. Although it does take some time for them to learn boundaries.
How to introduce Pugs to Cats?
It is important to properly introduce your new Pug or cat to each other for a smooth transition.
Have a Helping Hand:
Always have a friend or two with you before you introduce the Pug to your cat just in case things do not go as planned. One person to handle each pet separately because you alone cannot handle two provoked animals; this might even result in a severe injury to you. Generally, cats don’t lash out unless they sense that an outsider is invading their territory. In case of lashing out, the first and the easiest target for the cats to scratch on are the Pugs’ big bulging eyes.
Train the Pug:
Before introducing your Pug to another pet, make sure you have adequately trained it. The dog should be able to understand and follow simple command phrases such as “Stop” and “Sit.” These commands will come in handy if the other animal is not comfortable with the Pug and wants it to back out before they lash out. Train the Pug to respond to commands on the leash, to back out when the leash is pulled.
Socialize More than Often:
Before introducing your Pug to the cat, take it out for a long walk so that the dog is tired and drained of energy when he finally encounters the cat. Besides this, take the Pug out with you more than often to meet new people and get comfortable with the new environment and people.
Leash Can Be Very Useful:
Train your dog to be on a leash beforehand. It is better to keep both the animals on a leash for safekeeping before you introduce them to each other. Using a leash gives the owner more control over their pets. Once both pets are done with the initial sniffing each out and get comfortable with the presence of another animal, then they can be unleashed.
The age of both Pugs and cats at the time of adoption has a significant impact on their level of comfort with each other. Puppies are easy to train because they have not yet developed certain personality traits. However, kittens do not behave well when introduced with pugs, so it is best to introduce a puppy to an adult cat. They will get used to having each other around if they get to experience it from the right age.
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Creating a Safe Space is Important:
Cats need space; the earlier you train your Pug to maintain boundaries, the better. Pugs are a happy go lucky breed of dogs; they will sniff and chase the cat around in an effort to play with them. Cats, however, are irritated by this happy, fun-loving dynamics that Pugs bring to space around them.
Cats Crave Attention, Give it to them:
Unlike pugs, cats will always crave attention, and when they are ignored, they will lash out and harm the intruder. Pugs get along with cats because they are easy-going and belong to a relatively submissive species of dogs, whereas cats love to dominate.
Separate Feeding Space:
It is essential that you separate their feeding space. Even if the Pug and cat are comfortable around each other, still there are chances of conflict at feeding time. You can feed the cat on a relatively higher surface like the counter in the kitchen while the Pug eats on the kitchen floor. This way, there will be no interference. Just stay close and keep an eye on both pets to make sure they do not intrude on each other’s space while eating.
With the proper mindset and these guidelines, you don’t have to worry about adopting a cat and a pug at the same time.