Monday - Friday 8.30am-6.00pm Saturday 9.00-12.00

Monday - Friday 8.30am-6.00pm Saturday 9.00-12.00

Can Cats and Dogs Get Along Together?

In the world of pets, there is a long-standing belief that cats and dogs are natural enemies, unable to peacefully live together under one roof. However, at Kensington Veterinary Care, we want to dispel this myth and explore the possibility of cats and dogs not just tolerating each other but thriving in each other’s company.


Can Cats and Dogs Really Get Along With Each Other?

The question of whether cats and dogs can get along has been the subject of much debate, but the answer might surprise you. While it is true that cats and dogs have different instincts and behaviours, they are not predetermined enemies. In fact, with proper introductions and a little patience, cats and dogs can form strong bonds and even become the best of friends. So you don’t have to completely rethink getting a dog when you already have a cat or vice versa. 

Many cats and dogs do live harmoniously together, sharing not only living spaces but also companionship. This is especially true of puppies and kittens raised together, as they grow up side by side and learn the correct ways to tolerate each other. 

It is essential; however, to understand that each pet is an individual with its own personality and preferences. Therefore, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to introducing a new pet into your home. 

“We believe that cats and dogs can not only coexist but also thrive in each other’s company.”

Tips for Cats and Dogs Living Together 

Here are some of our top tips to give your cat and dog the best chance of success for living together without too much trouble. 

Slow and Steady Introductions

Whether you’re bringing a new cat into a dog’s home or vice versa, gradual introductions are key. Firstly, start by allowing the pets to sniff each other’s scent through closed doors, then gradually allow supervised interactions in a controlled environment so as to not overwhelm either furry friend. 

If you start to sense that either animal seems aggressive, irritated or frightened, immediately separate them and try again at a different time. Forcing a meeting between the two will only make matters worse, so it’s important to be aware that first introductions can take time. 

Respect Their Space 

Both cats and dogs need their own space to feel safe and secure. Provide separate areas with food, water, and litter boxes for your pets to retreat to when they need some alone time. This should ideally be in different rooms in your home where they also aren’t able to see each other. For example, if your dog sleeps in your bedroom, then you can give your cat space in your kitchen or in another room away from your bedroom. 

Positive Reinforcement

Reward good behaviour from your furry friends with treats, praise, and affection. This will help to encourage moments of calm and peaceful coexistence between your pets, and discourage any aggressive or territorial behaviour. 

Supervise Playtime 

While harmless playtime between cats and dogs can be adorable, it is essential to monitor their interactions closely especially during the early stages of familiarisation. Ensure that play remains gentle and that neither pet feels overwhelmed or threatened. 

You should always supervise the interactions between your cat and dog until you are completely certain that they are comfortable with each other. Leaving them unattended in the wrong circumstances could result in injury and unwanted extra vet consultations

Patience is Key 

Overall, it is essential to understand that building a strong bond between cats and dogs takes time and patience. Prepare yourself for setbacks and moments of tension, which are normal, but if you remain committed to supporting your pets to adjust to each other’s presence then you can help them build a lasting companionship.

Getting a Dog When You Have a Cat 

If you already have a cat and are considering adding a dog to your family, it’s essential to consider your cat’s personality and preferences. Choose a dog breed known for its gentle demeanour and compatibility with cats, and be prepared to invest time in proper introductions and training.

At Kensington Veterinary Care, we believe that cats and dogs can not only coexist but also thrive in each other’s company. By following our tips and being patient and understanding, you can create a harmonious household where cats and dogs live together happily ever after. 

If you have any concerns or need further advice on introducing a new pet into your home, get in touch with our practice today.


A kitten running through a field of grass

Our veterinary services in Kensington

The care and health of your pets is Kensington Veterinary Care's top priority. That is why we offer a comprehensive first opinion veterinary service for your furry friends.

Two dogs running together

About Kensington Vet Care

Kensington Veterinary Care understand how special your pets are to you. That’s why we strive to provide only the highest quality veterinary care.

020 7221 3093

Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.00pm
Saturday 9.00-12.00