Do Egyptian Mau Cats Get Along With Dogs?

 Egyptian Maucats are small, highly intelligent, and fiercely loyal to their family. However, they are wary of strangers. If you want to know more about Egyptian Maucats, check out my article Egyptian Mau Cat: Facts & Trivia

Are Egyptian Mau Cats Dog Friendly? 

Egyptian Maucats love to play and often attach closely to one person in the family and are loyal to the whole family, but often do not get along with other pets, including dogs. Egyptian Maucats are also known to be highly wary and even aggressive toward strangers.

Introducing a Dog to Your Egyptian Mau Cat House 

If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Egyptian Mau cat, this is unlikely to work out unless your Egyptian Mau is very young. The older your Egyptian Mau, the more it will see the new dog as stranger and even be aggressive. 

For household harmony, it is important to provide both of your pets attention, if you decide to bring a dog into your house. It is also important to be sure to feed the dog in a different place than your Egyptian Mau cat. Also remember that cats should not eat dog food and vice versa. For more on what to feed you cat and why not to feed them dog food, check out my post What Should I Feed My Cat? 

As an example of why you should be sure to feed your cat and dog in separate places. I had a Soft Coated Wheaton terrier who was as docile, floppy, and lovable as could be, but if she felt her food was threatened she transformed into Dr. Jekyll. She hardly had any teeth, so generally it was a lot of bluster but no bite. Unfortunately, I counted on this one time too often and she did actually hurt another bigger but older dog. Causing me much embarrassment and costing me some money also. 

It is important to make sure your Egyptian Mau cat has a safe space. A safe place up high where the dog cannot follow would be best. If this is not sufficient, a cat door can provide a safe escape where the dog cannot follow. 

Note that if you are thinking of introducing an older dog, such as a rescue dog, you should only do this if you are certain your Egyptian Mau will tolerate a stranger. Be realistic about whether an older dog can adjust to a home with your Egyptian Mau cat and whether your Egyptian Mau cat can adjust to a dog. 

Introducing Your Egyptian Mau Cat to a Dog 

If you are bringing a Egyptian Mau cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. This may be more likely to work out than introducing a dog, since your Egyptian Mau will be more likely to see the dog as part of the family. Remember Egyptian Mau cats are fairly small. If your dog is highly territorial or aggressive, then it is unlikely that the dog and cat will ever get along and worse one of them may get injured. You also may get injured trying to separate them. 

Assuming your decide to go through with this despite Egyptian Mau cats personality, then you should introduce your cat to your dog slowly. Do not just throw them together. 

The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Egyptian Mau cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case. 

Dog Breeds That Don’t Like Egyptian Mau Cats 

As I was researching this topic, I wondered if there were certain breeds of dogs that don’t get along with cats. Sure enough there are a number of dog breeds that are generally recognized as not doing well with cats. 

In general, the breeds that do not do well with cats are hunting dogs that will see the cat as prey or are highly territorial. For instance, a Whippet is likely to see a cat as prey, much like a rabbit and chase your cat. Whippets are very fast with peak speeds of around 56 kph (35 mph) and also very agile, so your cat is unlikely to be able to outrun a Whippet. 

Here is a list of dog breeds that people say do not get along with cats. 

 Manchester Terrier 
 Bluetick Coonhound 
 Afghan Hound 
 Bedlington Terrier 
 Standard Schnauzer 
 Australian Shepherds 
 *Cavalier King Charles Spaniels 
 *Golden Retrievers 
 *Labrador Retrievers 

* These dogs I found on both the lists of ‘dog breeds that do get along with cats’ and ‘dog breeds that do well with cats’. I am inclined to believe that the Retrievers will actually do well with cats. 

Dog breeds that do particularly well with Egyptian Mau cats 

*Golden Retriever 
*Labrador Retriever 
Bichon Frise 
Shetland Sheepdog 
Basset Hound 
Boston Terrier 
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
German Shepard 
Cocker Spaniel 

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