Somali cats are very active and need to be the center of attention. If you want to know more about Somalicats, check out my article Somali Cat: Facts & Trivia
Are Somali Cats Dog Friendly?
Somali cats are friendly, but they need to be the center of attention. This means they will get along with other cats and cat friendly dogs, as long as it is clear they are at the top of the pecking order. On the other hand Somali cats need playmates when you are not around or they will get depressed.
Introducing a Dog to Your Somali Cat House
If you are bringing a new dog into your house and already have a Somali cat you need to make sure the dog is very cat friendly. Somali cats will adopt your puppy as part of the family, as long as the dog accepts them and they understand their place in the family hierarchy.
For household harmony, it is important to provide both of your pets attention. It is also important to be sure to feed the dog in a different place than your Somali 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.
You should make sure your Somali cat has a safe space. A high perch can be an ideal safe place for your Somali where dogs and people cannot follow. If this is not sufficient, a cat door can provide a safe escape where the dog cannot follow.
Note that if you are introducing an older dog, such as a rescue dog this is a whole different story. Experts have suggested that the people at the shelter can usually tell you if a rescue dog will get along with your Somali cat. However, the older the dog the less likely your Somali cat and dog will get along.
Introducing Your Somali Cat to a Dog
If you are bringing a Somali cat into your house that already has a dog, you first need to be realistic about your dog’s temperament. Your dog needs to be docile and cat friendly. If not, your dog and cat will probably never get along and worse one of them may get injured. You also may get injured trying to separate them.
Assuming your dog has the proper temperament, then you should introduce your Somali cat to your dog slowly. Keeping one of the animals in a crate at first and letting your Somali cat get used to the smell of your dog and vice versa may be a good start. Do not just throw them together. Over time in most houses with a cat and a dog, the two basically ignore each other.
The points stated above about providing attention to both animals, providing a safe place for your Somali cat, and feeding them in separate spots also apply in this case.
Dog Breeds That Don’t Like 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.
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
* 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 cats
*Cavalier King Charles Spaniel