Dogs and cats have a long and complicated relationship that is often misunderstood. As owners, we often wonder if our dogs will get along with cats. Do Pomeranians get along with cats?
Pomeranians get along very well with cats and with many other animals. Pomeranians are fun-loving lap dogs that are very compatible with cats. Due to their similar size, temperaments, and energy levels a Pomeranian and a cat may just become best friends.
- Can Pomeranians And Cats Live Together
- How Do Pomeranians Get Along With Cats
- Do Pomeranians Chase Cats
- Can A Pomeranian Kill A Cat
- How To Introduce Your Pomeranian To A Cat
- How Long Does It Take For A Cat To Get Used To A Dog
- How To Make The Best Living Situation For Your Cat And Dog
- Tips For Pomeranain And Cat Owners
- What To Do If Your Pomeranian And Cat Doesn’t Get Along
- How Can I Get My Cat To Like My Dog
- Are Dogs And Cats Natural Enemies
- Can Cats And Dogs Bond With Eachother
- How Long Have Cats And Dogs Been Domesticated
- What Breeds Of Dogs Are Good With Cats
- What Breeds Of Dogs Are Not Good With Cats
- Final Thoughts
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Can Pomeranians And Cats Live Together
Pomeranians and cats can live happily together.
You may end up with your Pomeranian and cat being best buddies or they may just tolerate each other.
The results will depend on the personalities of the animals.
How Do Pomeranians Get Along With Cats
Pomeranians and cats get along very well overall.
Your dog and cat will have a better chance of success if they are raised together.
If the animals are introduced at a young age they are more likely to bond and like each other.
Introducing a puppy to an older cat and vice versa is a harder situation.
We’ve added our Pomeranians to our family after having our cats for over ten years. They all have adjusted well to each other. Our cats did have a history with dogs in our home when they were kittens, I’m sure that history helped with the transition of adding our puppies.
Do Pomeranians Chase Cats
Pomeranians are not known for having a strong prey drive and may or may not have the instinct to chase cats.
From experience, my dog Murphy will playfully chase one of my cats into the other room. It’s sort of a game between the cat and the dog.
This cat is the alpha of the entire pack.
The dogs ignore our other cat who has a shy personality.
Can A Pomeranian Kill A Cat
It is possible for a Pomeranian to kill a cat or kitten.
An intentional or accidental death can happen very quickly.
Make sure you know the history and temperaments of both the dog and the cat before introducing them.
Watching the body language of both animals is very important and can be a critical difference in a dangerous situation.
If you notice any hostile behavior it’s best to separate the cat and dog.
Could a cat kill a Pomeranian?
Although it’s possible it’s not likely that a cat would kill a Pomeranian.
A cat could do some major damage and severely injure a dog.
How To Introduce Your Pomeranian To A Cat
The first step in introducing your Pomeranian to a cat is knowing what body language you should be looking for.
Cat Body Language
If your cat is showing any of the following body language it may not be ready to be introduced to a dog.
- Pinned back ears
- Swishing its tail back and forth
- A high tail with fur that’s standing up
- Holding its head low
- Curling its tail under its body
- Shrinking down to appear small
- Growling and hissing
- Dilated pupils
- Intense eye contact without blinking
Look for an overall relaxed-looking cat that is showing confidence without intensity.
Dog Body Language
It may be even more important to be well aware of your dog’s body language and be prepared to remove the dog instantly at any sign of aggression.
The following body language in a dog would be concerning.
- A high-held tail
- Hair standing up on its tail or back
- The tail held between its legs
- Pricked back ears
- Dilated pupils
- Stiff body
If you are feeling an intensity within your dog and don’t feel as if they are relaxed and happy it’s best to remove the dog and try introducing them at another time.
What Methods Can Be Used To Introduce A Dog To A Cat
There are many different methods that you can use to introduce a dog to a cat.
Regardless of which method you try first make sure you introduce each dog separately to each cat if you have a multiple pet home.
Some of the most common methods are.
- Slow and steady
- Face to face
- Look at that
“If an introduction does not go well, step back and evalute what happened. It’s ok to try a different method at another time”
Slow And Steady Introduction
This is a great option for dogs that are a bit obsessed with the cat, a little hyperactive, or just excitable.
The goal is for the cat and dog to be slowly used to each other over time and slowly become desensitized to each other.
- Select a safe room for your cat to be in. Don’t pick a room that your dog may be territorial over.
- Place a baby gate in the doorway separating the cats room and the room or area of the house that your dog will be in.
- Make sure your cat cant climb or get around the gate.
- Make sure your cat has everything it needs in the safe room, litter box, food, water, toys, a place to rest.
- If you are concerned about the introduction, I suggest having your dog on a leash.
- When you are ready, let the dog view the cat in the room through the gate and then distract the dog with something else like playing with toys.
- Give your dog praise and rewards for focusing on other things besides the cat.
This process may only take days or may never work.
Every dog and cat are different with some never being compatible.
If this doesn’t seem to be working try letting each animal sniff the others bedding or belongings often. Helping them get used to each other’s scent may help.
Face To Face Introduction
This is a really fast-paced introduction that I don’t recommend for any animals that you are not familiar with.
If you think both of the animals can handle this situation without stress, anxiety and injury proceed forward.
Make sure to use all of the safety precautions to make sure that the dog, cat, and people involved are all kept safe.
- Review the body language cues for both cats and dogs before an introduction
- Have someone watching each animals body language at all times
- Make sure the cat would have the ability to freely move around and go to a safe place if it’s scared
- Make sure the dog is on a secure leash
- If the dog is being calm, ask your dog to sit, lay down or stay
- Let the cat move around freely
- Praise and reward the dog if it ignores the cat
- If the dog seems fixated on the cat or lunges towards it stop this method of introduction and try another method at a different time.
The goal for this method is for both the dog and cat to be very relaxed and comfortable, if either animal shows signs of stress or aggression end the introduction and separate the dog and cat.
Look At That Introduction
Look at that training may be a good option if desensitizing or a face-to-face introduction is not a good fit for you.
“Look at that” works by training your dog over time that not paying attention to the cat reaps rewards.
- First figure out what your dogs treshold is while its on a leash, at what point does your dog notice the cat, but still responds to you when you say the dogs name?
- You’ve past the threshold when your dog starts to bark, lunge or fixates on the cat
- Also, be aware of your cats body language. If your cat seems uneasy or aggressive in the situation move the dog further back
- Once the threshold is determine you will need a clicker for training and some training treats
- When your dog starts looking at the cat, click the clicker
- After the 10th time of clicking when your dog looks at the cat, give your dog a treat right after the 11th click if the dog looks at you
- If your dog doesn’t look at you continue clicker training until he or she is consistantly responding
- Once your dog is trained to look at you when you click, you can start slowly moving closer to the cat
This method may take a lot of time depending on your dog and cat.
The goal is to get your dog and cat comfortable enough to be right next to each other.
How Long Does It Take For A Cat To Get Used To A Dog
Every cat and dog is different and how long it takes for them to get along (if ever) depends on each individual.
You can’t expect every dog and cat to be the best of friends and cuddle up together but, if they both can be in the same room together comfortably you have reached success.
Some dogs and cats will get along immediately where others it can take up to a few months.
How To Make The Best Living Situation For Your Cat And Dog
The best living situation for your cat and dog allows a private safe space for each animal to rest, eat and use the restroom.
Make sure that you are monitoring the behavior and interactions of the two animals and intervene if needed.
Ensure that your dog gets plenty of exercise so it doesn’t have pent-up energy around the cat.
Provide both of your furry friend’s lots of love and attention.
Tips For Pomeranain And Cat Owners
Here are some tips to consider before becoming a Pomeranian and cat household.
Tips When Adding A Cat To Your Pomeranians Home
- If your Pomeranian has a tendency to bark at everything it would be best to train the dog not to bark as much before adding a cat to the family
- Make sure that your dog is well trained to voice commands
- A kitten instead of an adult cat will adapt better into your Pomeranians home
- If adopting an adult cat make sure you know everything you can about the cat and that it isn’t afraid of dogs
Tips When Adding A Pomeranian To Your Cats Home
- Evaluate if you think your cat would be open to sharing it’s home with a dog
- A puppy would be better than an adult dog
- Let your cat smell a blanket with the dogs scent on it before hand to help it get familiar with the dogs scent
What To Do If Your Pomeranian And Cat Doesn’t Get Along
If your cat and dog don’t get along don’t push the situation.
Every animal is different and they all have different personalities and comfort levels.
It may take time or they may never get along.
Many people can successfully have homes with dogs and cats that live separate lives within the home in order to keep them safe and happy.
How Can I Get My Cat To Like My Dog
While you can’t force your cat to like your dog and vice versa, there are things you can do to make it more comfortable for your cat.
- Make sure you cat has access to a safe dog free space
- Make sure the dog can not get to the cats litter box
- Don’t allow either animal to have access to eachothers food and water bowls
- Train your dog to leave the cat alone
- Only allow the dog and cat to interact under supervision
Are Dogs And Cats Natural Enemies
Dogs and cats are not natural enemies.
The phrase “fighting like cats and dogs”, does not lead us to believe that they can often live in harmony when many times they can.
Cats and dogs have some natural behavioral differences that can set them up for a failed relationship.
- Many dogs have a strong prey drive and view cats as prey
- Communication differences like wagging tails (means happy for dogs, angry for cats)
Between a strong prey drive and the misreading of communication cues is no wonder the many dogs and cats struggle to establish a friendship.
Can Cats And Dogs Bond With Eachother
Cats and dogs can absolutely bond with each other.
We’ve all seen the videos and pictures of cats and dogs that have become the best of friends.
These are really special relationships.
There isn’t any way to tell how well a dog and cat will get along and if they will bond with each other.
Some dogs and cats hit it off right away while others slowly grow a deep bond over time.
How Long Have Cats And Dogs Been Domesticated
It’s estimated that around 30% of families in the US have at least one cat and 40% have at least one dog.
How long have cats and dogs been domesticated?
History Of Cats
Cats were first domesticated in Egypt around 10,000 years ago. Ancient Egyptians worshiped the cat goddess and had their cats mummified with them. They also included mummified mice for the cats.
Cats are uniquely the only animal that has been said to have domesticated themselves.
When people began farming the grain attracted lots of rodents. The rodents end up attracting the cats. Cats are excellent rodent control. Once people noticed what the cats were doing they let them stay, fed them, and protected them.
History Of Dogs
Dogs were also domesticated around 10,000 years ago. It’s debatable which animal was domesticated first.
Dogs are ancestors of wild wolves and originate from Asia.
The lure of a tasty meal aided in the domestication of dogs. As people were hunter-gathers the smells of food from their camps naturally attracted the wolves and dogs.
As soon as people realized the protection that the dogs offered against predators they began feeding the dogs in return.
Dogs have been loyal ever since.
What Breeds Of Dogs Are Good With Cats
When looking for dog breeds that are good with cats it’s best to look at breeds that have been bred as companions and tend to be affectionate and sociable.
We are looking for easy-going, happy-go-lucky dogs.
Some dog breeds that fit that description are.
- Bassest Hound
- Bull Dog
- Golden Retriever
- Labrador Retriever
- Caviler King Charles Spaniel
One thing to take into consideration is the size difference between the cat and the dog. Pomeranians are very similar in size as a cat. Our cats are actually both larger than our Pomeranians.
What Breeds Of Dogs Are Not Good With Cats
On the other side of the coin are the dog breeds that have very strong prey drives and a lot of energy.
- Australian Cattle Dog
- Afgan Hound
- Fox Terrier
- Irish Wolfhound
- Bedlinngton Terrier
- Italian Greyhound
- Siberian Husky
- Scottish Deerhound
- Shi Tzu
- Manchester Terrier
- Yorkshire Terrier
- Pharoh Hound
- Alaskan Malamute
- Border Collies
- Bull Mastifs
- Doberman Pinchers
- Jack Russel Terriers
- Shiba Inus
- Norwegian Elkhound
* I can understand why Norwegian Elkhounds make this list of dogs that are not best in homes with cats due to their hunting and herding history. My Norweigan Elkhound Chewy was a perfect example of why these lists aren’t 100% and to look at each dog as an individual.
Chewy was the sweetest most easy-going dog he developed a bond with both of my cats and would let them rub all over him and curl up and sleep next to him.
Pomeranians and cats can get along and live in harmony within the same home.
Setting your dog and cat up for success is critical in keeping both pets safe and ensuring a peaceful existence.
When introducing a Pomeranian to a cat make sure you are aware of both animal’s body language and use the method of introduction that is best suited for the particular cat and dog.
Give it time and be patient, before long your Pomeranian and cat may be best friends (or at least live together in peace).