Sometimes, a cat owner says to herself: maybe this cat would like a puppy friend.

Sometimes, the same thing happens to a dog owner, when thinking about a little furball of a kitten he or she saw pawing the glass playfully of the SPCA window at the mall.

The pet owner might ask, “Will this actually be a GOOD idea?”

Well, speaking from experience as cat owner who last year added an 8 week old hound/lab puppy to the household, it was great.

Our cat was two years old at the time, and bigger than our puppy at the time, who was about 8 pounds (now of course he is 80 pounds, but all 80 pounds are cute and lovable, that is for sure).

I think this was a help to their friendship: a dog we knew would be rather large eventually needed to see that his cat friend (who would not get much bigger than his 14 pound self) was bigger than him, and more powerful, at least for a little while.

Now, I think that there are some things to consider when you are introducing a cat or a dog to a house with the other animal, which I will list next.

Considerations for Cat and Dog housemates

Make sure your cat has somewhere to escape if their friendship grows too big, too fast (or, in plain English, if the puppy gets a little rough). For example: put up dog or baby gates in doorways-the cat can jump over them if he or she needs to get away for a little alone time.

Make sure you keep an eye on your dog and cat together….eventually they should be friends in some way, shape or form, but if one is clearly hurting the other, you will have to separate the two.

Eventually-you will see them cuddling and it will melt your heart. If you genuinely have reservations about this, feel free to call your vet. I am speaking from my experiences alone, and just trying to give a few tips.

Oh, before I forget….

Don’t forget about your first pet

I know this seems like a no-brainer, but it’s always a good idea to keep that first pet in mind. You could always give your love to both your pets at once, though. Double the loving, double the fun. For example, maybe cuddling with your cat on the couch with the dog at your feet is always great.

Whatever you decide to do, good luck!