How to Live With Both A Cat and A Dog


A​ ​playful​ ​cat​ ​or​ ​a​ ​cute​ ​dog,​ ​which​ ​one​ ​should​ ​you​ ​keep?​ ​You​ ​love​ ​both​ ​pets​ ​and​ ​you​ ​would like​ ​to​ ​have​ ​them​ ​in​ ​your​ ​house.​ ​However,​ ​you​ ​are​ ​not​ ​sure​ ​if​ ​they​ ​will​ ​coexist​ ​under​ ​one​ ​roof or​ ​your​ ​house​ ​will​ ​be​ ​turned​ ​into​ ​a​ ​major​ ​battlefield.​ ​The​ ​stereotypes​ ​about​ ​the​ ​two​ ​pets make​ ​the​ ​situation​ ​worse.​ ​You​ ​have​ ​heard​ ​people​ ​complaining​ ​how​ ​difficult​ ​it​ ​is​ ​to​ ​adopt​ ​both a​ ​cat​ ​and​ ​a​ ​dog.​ ​There​ ​is​ ​no​ ​reason​ ​of​ ​being​ ​scared​ ​about​ ​keeping​ ​these​ ​pets.​ ​They​ ​can​ ​live in​ ​harmony​ ​without​ ​causing​ ​any​ ​fracas.​ ​This​ ​does​ ​not​ ​mean​ ​that​ ​things​ ​will​ ​happen smoothly.​ ​You​ ​should​ ​brace​ ​yourself​ ​for​ ​some​ ​level​ ​of​ ​resistance.


1.​ ​Adopting​ ​both​ ​pets
Adopting​ ​a​ ​cat​ ​and​ ​a​ ​dog​ ​simultaneously​ ​means​ ​that​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​enjoy​ ​the​ ​benefits that​ ​come​ ​with​ ​having​ ​these​ ​two​ ​pets.​ ​First,​ ​your​ ​house​ ​will​ ​be​ ​full​ ​of​ ​life.​ ​There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​no dull​ ​moments​ ​thanks​ ​to​ ​the​ ​playful​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​two​ ​pets.​ ​If​ ​they​ ​get​ ​used​ ​to​ ​each​ ​other,​ ​they will​ ​always​ ​be​ ​up​ ​and​ ​down​ ​playing​ ​with​ ​each​ ​other.​ ​Those​ ​dull​ ​and​ ​quiet​ ​days​ ​in​ ​the​ ​house will​ ​be​ ​replaced​ ​with​ ​fun-filled​ ​moments.​ ​The​ ​sight​ ​of​ ​the​ ​pets​ ​chasing​ ​each​ ​other​ ​in​ ​the compound​ ​will​ ​make​ ​you​ ​smile.​ ​In​ ​case​ ​you​ ​have​ ​children,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​always​ ​be​ ​active​ ​playing with​ ​the​ ​pets.

There​ ​are​ ​various​ ​health​ ​benefits​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​derive​ ​from​ ​having​ ​both​ ​a​ ​cat​ ​and​ ​a​ ​dog​ ​as opposed​ ​to​ ​having​ ​only​ ​one​ ​pet.​ ​The​ ​companionship​ ​that​ ​you​ ​get​ ​from​ ​the​ ​pets​ ​will​ ​help​ ​to lower​ ​your​ ​stress​ ​level​ ​and​ ​in​ ​turn,​ ​reduce​ ​the​ ​risks​ ​of​ ​being​ ​affected​ ​by​ ​high​ ​blood​ ​pressure. While​ ​indoors,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​stay​ ​with​ ​the​ ​cat​ ​and​ ​if​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​take​ ​a​ ​walk​ ​in​ ​the​ ​estate,​ ​the​ ​dog will​ ​be​ ​your​ ​ultimate​ ​companion.​ ​By​ ​taking​ ​such​ ​walks,​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​doing​ ​exercises​ ​which​ ​will result​ ​to​ ​healthy​ ​living.

2.​ ​The​ ​dark​ ​side

Even​ ​though​ ​many​ ​people​ ​like​ ​adopting​ ​both​ ​a​ ​cat​ ​and​ ​a​ ​dog,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​some​ ​negative aspects​ ​of​ ​doing​ ​so.​ ​The​ ​first​ ​thing​ ​that​ ​you​ ​will​ ​encounter​ ​is​ ​the​ ​hygiene​ ​of​ ​the​ ​pets.​ ​It​ ​is​ ​the wish​ ​of​ ​all​ ​pet​ ​owners​ ​to​ ​see​ ​their​ ​pets​ ​clean.​ ​The​ ​area​ ​where​ ​your​ ​pets​ ​sleep​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​be cleaned​ ​thoroughly.​ ​Leaving​ ​it​ ​untidy​ ​will​ ​be​ ​one​ ​sure​ ​way​ ​of​ ​attracting​ ​different​ ​types​ ​of diseases.​ ​During​ ​the​ ​cleaning,​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​ensure​ ​that​ ​you​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​all​ ​the​ ​fur,​ ​smell​ ​and urine,​ ​especial​ ​for​ ​the​ ​one​ ​who​ ​has​ ​​Hypoallergenic​ ​cat’s​ ​symptoms​.​ ​Another​ ​thing​ ​that​ ​you should​ ​be​ ​concerned​ ​about​ ​is​ ​the​ ​effects​ ​of​ ​parasites​ ​on​ ​the​ ​pets.​ ​Will​ ​the​ ​parasites​ ​that attack​ ​dogs​ ​also​ ​affect​ ​your​ ​cat? mom


3.​ ​What​ ​should​ ​you​ ​do?
The​ ​drawbacks​ ​of​ ​adopting​ ​both​ ​the​ ​cat​ ​and​ ​the​ ​dog​ ​at​ ​the​ ​same​ ​time​ ​should​ ​not​ ​scare​ ​you off.​ ​You​ ​should​ ​go​ ​ahead​ ​and​ ​bring​ ​them​ ​home.​ ​After​ ​all,​ ​many​ ​people​ ​have​ ​successfully adopted​ ​the​ ​two​ ​pets​ ​and​ ​living​ ​with​ ​them​ ​happily.​ ​They​ ​also​ ​look​ ​adorable​ ​especially​ ​when they​ ​live​ ​together​ ​in​ ​harmony.​ ​During​ ​the​ ​first​ ​days,​ ​the​ ​there​ ​will​ ​be​ ​some​ ​level​ ​of​ ​hostility between​ ​the​ ​two​ ​pets.​ ​A​ ​dog​ ​that​ ​has​ ​predatory​ ​behavior​ ​will​ ​have​ ​a​ ​habit​ ​of​ ​chasing​ ​the​ ​cat around.​ ​To​ ​deal​ ​with​ ​this​ ​problem,​ ​minimize​ ​the​ ​hours​ ​which​ ​the​ ​pets​ ​see​ ​each​ ​other.​ ​You should​ ​also​ ​monitor​ ​their​ ​initial​ ​interaction.

4.​ ​Mark​ ​the​ ​territories

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​supervising​ ​the​ ​pets,​ ​another​ ​measure​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​take​ ​while​ ​you​ ​are​ ​still introducing​ ​the​ ​pets​ ​is​ ​to​ ​mark​ ​their​ ​territories.​ ​Keeping​ ​them​ ​loose​ ​can​ ​result​ ​in​ ​tragic incidence.​ ​Since​ ​the​ ​cat​ ​is​ ​always​ ​mobile,​ ​the​ ​easiest​ ​thing​ ​that​ ​you​ ​can​ ​do​ ​is​ ​to​ ​lock​ ​up​ ​the dog​ ​in​ ​a​ ​safe​ ​area​ ​where​ ​it​ ​will​ ​have​ ​minimum​ ​interaction​ ​with​ ​the​ ​cat.​ ​Lock​ ​them​ ​up​ ​in different​ ​rooms,​ ​or​ ​you​ ​can​ ​keep​ ​them​ ​in​ ​different​ ​crates.​ ​This​ ​method​ ​is​ ​suitable​ ​if​ ​you​ ​are busy​ ​in​ ​your​ ​career​ ​whereby​ ​you​ ​only​ ​spend​ ​a​ ​few​ ​hours​ ​at​ ​home.


5.​ ​Health​ ​and​ ​hygiene

You​ ​should​ ​take​ ​care​ ​of​ ​the​ ​health​ ​of​ ​your​ ​pets.​ ​Since​ ​the​ ​cat’s​ ​health​ ​is​ ​directly​ ​related​ ​to the​ ​level​ ​of​ ​hygiene,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​use​ ​the​ ​best​ ​pet​ ​cleaning​ ​products​ ​that​ ​are​ ​available​ ​in​ ​the market.​ ​For​ ​instance,​ ​if​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​the​ ​cat’s​ ​urine,​ ​you​ ​should​ ​look​ ​for​ ​the​ ​​best enzyme​ ​cleaner​ ​for​ ​cat​ ​urine​.​ ​The​ ​chemical​ ​composition​ ​of​ ​the​ ​enzyme​ ​is​ ​capable​ ​of removing​ ​the​ ​toughest​ ​elements​ ​of​ ​urine.​ ​You​ ​should​ ​also​ ​investigate​ ​why​ ​your​ ​newly adopted​ ​cat​ ​cries​ ​at​ ​night.​ ​Probably​ ​it​ ​has​ ​been​ ​bitten​ ​by​ ​fleas​ ​which​ ​cause​ ​scabs​ ​on​ ​cats. Feed​ ​your​ ​cat​ ​well​ ​whenever​ ​your​ ​cat​ ​is​ ​hungry​ ​and​ ​you​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the​ ​healthiest​ ​cat​ ​in​ ​the area.


My​ ​name​ ​is​ ​Evelyn,​ ​creator​ ​of​ ​​PlaywithMeow​!​ ​I​ ​created​ ​Play​ ​with​ ​Meow​ ​to connect,​ ​share​ ​and​ ​inspire​ ​other​ ​cat​ ​lovers​ ​around​ ​the​ ​world,​ ​hoping​ ​we​ ​all​ ​utilize this​ ​community​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​better​ ​life​ ​for​ ​our​ ​cats. Follow​ ​me​ ​on​ ​Twitter:​ ​@Evelynvaldezpl1