In order to make a good match and keep both the cat and dog safe, it’s important to do your homework so you can try to create a compatible match. Once you’ve picked a companion you’ll need to do an appropriate introduction. If you attempt to simply put a cat and dog together in order for them to “work it out” you’ll be creating a dangerous and potentially deadly situation.
Make a Good Match
Think about the personality and disposition of your current pet. If you have a dog who has been allowed to chase squirrels, cats, birds, rabbits, etc, and has a high prey-drive, then adding a cat to the household would probably not be a wise idea. If you know from past experience that your dog has displayed very aggressive behavior toward cats then that’s also a sign getting a cat would be too dangerous.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog for your cat and you know from past experience your cat has displayed very aggressive behavior toward dogs or has displayed extreme fear when a dog is in sight, then you might be adding too much stress to her life with the addition of a dog.
If you have a large dog or one who has been allowed to play on the rough side, then consider adding an adult cat to the home and not a small kitten.