September 17 2019

rottie with kitten

Rottweilers are good with cats as they have a calm and friendly personality.  Of course, this will also depend on the specific characteristics of your rottweiler and also the personality of your cat.

Why do dogs and cats have problems getting along?

Dogs and cats have had problems getting along throughout history due to different communication styles.  Their lack of understanding each other has prevented them from getting along.

While dogs are descendants of wolves that operate in a pack, cats on the other hand are rather shy and solitary creatures.  A dog might want to run up and excitedly sniff every part of a cat, the cat on the other hand may prefer to stand back and access the situation until they are ready.

This can sometimes cause anxiety, fear, confusion and stress in either or both animals.  It’s not that they don’t want to get along, they just don’t know how.

Can a rottweiler get along with a cat?

Absolutely!  A rottweiler is a very calm and friendly dog to those they know.  This reserved but relaxed personality can sometimes put a cat at ease.

The rottweiler is known for being a more dominate dog breed and this can possibly cause problems with a cat.  This usually tends to happen to the same gender relating to territorial issues of food and who is in charge.

While a rottweiler may be comfortable with a cat, the real issues are if the cat is comfortable and can get along with a rottweiler.

More information about the rottweiler breed can help make an informed decision when selecting a dog.

rottweiler with cat

Steps for creating the right environment for a rottweiler and cat to become friends

  1. Introduce and socialize as young as possible. Rottweilers are better at adjusting to new faces when they are young, regardless of what type of furry creature they are.   The same can be said for older cats who sometimes have less tolerance for new furry creatures in their home.
  2. Daily obedience training will ensure that the rottweiler knows what is expected of him or her and who is in charge so they can behave their best. Just as a family cat learns to use a litter box, they too can learn the rules.  This doesn’t mean that they won’t turn tail and pretend to ignore your request for good behavior, that is the nature of a cat!
  3. Meeting their individual needs as a dog or cat will help them feel secure in their environment. Ensuring that each animal has enough good quality food, fresh clean water and a comfortable place to sleep will keep them happy and minimize stress.  Providing them with somewhere to escape for solitude, plenty of loving affection, playtime and exercise will help them both to thrive and reduce aggression and territorial issues.
  4. If introducing them at an early age isn’t possible, gradually introducing them to each other on a regular basis is the next best thing. Dedicated time spent every day sharing affection, treats and snuggles with both dog and cat in the same room will gently introduce them to each other.  Each one deciding when and how they want to meet and greet the other.   There should always be someone in the room with them.

Possible Problem Areas

Territorial issues can arise with any animal when it comes to food, toys and their resting spot.  These areas should be off limits for the other fur baby even when they are curious.  They must be taught to leave that area alone because it belongs to the other pet.  Providing enough good quality food and clean water as well as feeding them at the same time keeps territorial behaviors under control.

If treats are offered to one and the other fur baby is in the same room, then they should also receive a treat.  The same can be said for playtime, attention and love from their human family.  What one gets the other should also receive.

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Other concerns about a rottweiler and cat living together

In some instances, a dog and a cat simply cannot get along.  This has to do with the individual dog or cat and not the breed.

When they don’t get along it is up to their human family to decide how to proceed.  In most cases further separation is all that is needed.  Perhaps the cat can live upstairs, while the dog lives on the first floor until they learn to create their own boundaries.

Most of the time the dog and cat will naturally find their own way to live together, adapting to the others presence and accepting it.

In Conclusion

While a rottweiler and cat can get along if they have agreeable personalities, there may still be times when they don’t get along.  Offering the right conditions for them to become friends and live together can minimize issues.

Even if a new rottweiler and cat don’t hit it off, one day when no one is looking they might wave the peace flag and snuggle up together on a couch, to sleep a snowstorm away!

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