Your cat will not mistake them for rodents – but most carnivores will happily kill and eat any defenseless young instinctively. This includes not only your cat eating your dog’s puppies, but also other dogs eating them, or your dog eating kittens.
Will my cat harm my puppy?
A cat can hurt a puppy with it’s very sharp claws and teeth. I would recommend supervision in the beginning, just so your puppy doesn’t get it’s eye torn. Cats don’t always appreciate rambunctious puppies. You also need to make sure the puppy doesn’t accidentally hurt your cat, if it’s a larger size puppy.
Can an adult cat kill a puppy?
Cats are physically capable of killing a small dog. They seem to prefer smaller prey such as mice, rats or birds. But remember that cats can be territorial. There have been instances of cats killing other cats to protect or control their territory.
How long does it take for a cat to get used to a puppy?
Liz Palika noted that, in her experience, the “get acquainted” process usually takes two to three weeks. Dr. Landsberg noted that sometimes it’s not easy to tell by their interactions if a dog and cat are getting along or not.
How can I get my cat to like my new puppy?
Never force any interactions but just give your cat a lot of attention and positive experiences such as grooming, playing, and treats while they are in the same room as your dog/puppy. Just let the cat get used to the dog being there and vice versa.
Will my cat always hate my dog?
Though it’s certainly possible, and actually quite common, for cats and dogs to get along and even form friendships, some cats just want nothing to do with dogs. They may even turn hostile toward the friendliest and gentlest of pups, leaving you to wondering what to do.