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Persian cats, also known as the princesses of the cat world, can be rather high maintenance and need a lot of company, as they crave companionship. This may lead you to wonder if you should possibly get another pet to keep your princess company, perhaps a dog? But do Persian cats get along with dogs?
Persian cats do get along with dogs, but generally, only calm dogs. Persian cats are very calm animals who enjoy company but do need their own space. If you have a dog who is not intense and will not get in your Persian cat’s personal space, they will likely get along well.
Read on as we explore more about Persian cats getting along with dogs!
Can Persian Cats Get Along with Dogs?
Whether or not your Persian cat will get along with a dog will depend entirely on the dog you are introducing your cat to. Persian cats are known for being docile creatures. They enjoy being calm and staying close to their humans, which means that if an animal of any kind disturbed that environment, your Persian cat most likely would not enjoy being around that animal.
Persian Cats and Dogs
Because Persian cats are such calm animals, they would need another calm animal as their companion. Any high energy animal would not be well suited for a Persian cat.
If your Persian cat is introduced to a dog that has a very calm temperament and is gentle-natured, there is an incredibly good chance that your cat will get along well with the dog.
Persian cats do enjoy company, and if their humans are out often, they may very well enjoy the company of a sweet, calm dog.
Persian cats are also known for their love of cuddling, so if they meet a kind and calm dog who also enjoys a good cuddle, as most dogs do, they may be a perfect fit for each other and could very well end up being the best of friends.
Your Persian cat will most likely get along well with any dog that likes cats and is calm and kind with them.
If your cat learns to trust their new doggy friend, they may even eventually initiate some gentle playing. Persian cats do enjoy some light play but will generally only play with people or animals that they trust.
Why Would a Persian Cat Not Get Along with a Dog?
As we just discussed, Persian cats are calm, peaceful animals. They enjoy the quiet and do not enjoy loud, busy environments.
If you have a dog who is loud, energetic, loves to bark, often chases other animals, and does not respect personal space, chances are your Persian cat will not be caught hanging around it.
Persian cats do not get along well with busy animals. In fact, having a lot of things going on around them and having a lot of busy energy in their environment can make them feel so uncomfortable that it can even cause anxiety in these docile creatures.
As calm as Persian cats are, they are known for having high stress levels, which, if they are not handled well and kept an eye on, can quickly turn into anxiety.
This means that an intense dog with high energy levels that loves to jump and wants to play with your Persian cat is not well suited. There is a high chance that your Persian cat will not get along with this kind of dog.
If you have a Persian cat that does not like dogs and decide to take that Persian cat outside, I strongly urge you to keep control over your Persian cat with a leash and harness, cat backpack, or cat stroller. Check out these articles to learn more:
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Introducing Persian Cats to Dogs
There are two situations when it comes to introducing a dog to a Persian cat: Introducing an adult dog to your Persian cat and introducing a puppy to your Persian cat. These two situations need to be handled differently from each other.
Introducing your Dog to a Persian Cat
Adult dogs have natural instincts than puppies do when hunting smaller animals, which is always the main reason you need to be careful while introducing your Persian cat to an adult dog.
This is not to say that all adult dogs will instinctively want to hurt your Persian cat, it is just to say that nature is nature, and you do not know how all dogs will react to a cat.
The best thing you can do when introducing an adult dog to your Persian cat is to have just two people, and the two animals in a calm closed-off environment, like a garden or a bedroom.
Always make sure one person has a good hold on the dog, and then let the other person have a good hold on the cat.
Put your Persian cat on the floor in front of the dog, but not within its reach, and pay attention to the dog’s body language. If their ears are up and their tail is wagging, and they are excited and curious but not fixated, those are particularly good signs that the dog will not be aggressive towards the cat.
If the dog behaves this way, try bringing your Persian cat a bit closer for your dog to sniff and see how the two of them like each other.
If the dog’s ears are pushed back, their tail is slightly moving from side to side (not a wag) or making any whining or growling noises, these are not good signs. If the dog has become fixated on the cat, this is also not a good sign.
If this is how the dog reacts, you should not try and pursue any further contact or interaction between the two, as the dog will most likely become aggressive with your Persian cat.
Introducing a Puppy to your Persian Cat
Introducing a puppy to a Persian cat is a much easier and much more ideal situation. Puppies are open to instruction, so if you see any bad signs (them barking when they see your Persian cat, for example), you can discipline the puppy, and they will understand they are not allowed to do that.
To introduce the two, once again, it is best to be in a calm, closed-off environment with two people and the two animals.
Sit the puppy down on the ground in front of your lap and keep a hold of their collar. Then bring your Persian cat close to the puppy and let the two animals sniff each other.
It is very unlikely that the puppy will try and hurt your Persian cat, as they will more likely want to play with this new animal rather than hurt it.
However, if the puppy does snap at your Persian cat or do anything that seems aggressive, once again, discipline the puppy but continue to let the two interact, as this will teach the puppy that this cat is a friend that they need to treat kindly.
As was mentioned previously, it is far easier to introduce a puppy to a Persian cat than an adult dog, but this does not mean that you will not be able to find a kind adult dog who will be a great companion for your Persian cat.
What Dogs Do Persian Cats Get Along with Best?
Since Persian cats do get along with well-behaved dogs, what is the best breed of dogs that will fit this description and work well with a Persian cat? Here are just two examples of breeds that would suit your Persian cat:
Basset hounds are known for being good dogs for training. They are generally very calm, kind, and patient animals, which means that if they have been well trained to be kind to cats and other animals, it makes them a perfect companion for your calm Persian cat.
Not only will your cat enjoy a bulldog’s company, but the bulldog will enjoy your cat’s company too. Bulldogs are known for their gentle and quiet nature, and on top of that, they naturally love other animals and companions. Talk about a match made in heaven.
There are many more breeds of dogs that would suit your Persian cat just fine; however, the Bulldog and Basset Hound are two of the best.
Persian cats do get along with dogs if those dogs are kind and respectful to them. The secret to your Persian cat getting along with dogs is to make sure you have found a dog with the same temperament as your Persian cat. If your Persian cat has a dog that is gentle and calm with it and will be respectful of your cat’s boundaries, your cat will most likely really enjoy having a furry companion to waste away time with.
Certain breeds of dogs will naturally have the right temperament for your Persian cat. However, if any dog is trained well enough to be kind to cats, they will most likely still work well together anyway. Remember to introduce dogs carefully and in a controlled environment to ensure the safety of your sweet Persian cat.
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