Are you more of a dog or cat person?

Are you more of a dog or cat person?

Why choose? Meet some Pawsies whose cats and dogs—and sometimes other animals, too!—live happily together.

November 14, 2019


2 dogs and 3 cats
“I have a Jack Russel terrier (I absolutely love this breed!) and a Lab/Great Dane (an incredible mix). I also have 3 cats, two of which were strays that I rescued. I love dogs because of the energy they give us and because they are always “all in”. My boyfriend and I do harness sports with them. They're always up for a run. Every time we go out, they come with us. They are 100% members of our family. But I also love a cat's finesse, as well as its independent personality; you feel special when they give you attention, you build a relationship with them that's really precious. My dogs and cats coexist perfectly well. They behave as two separate packs that live and let live. I've noticed that the cats often stick close to the dogs though. The dogs were raised with cats, so they are chill with that. All in all, they seem to stand on fairly equal footing.”


3 dogs, 2 cats and 2 rabbits
“I have a Miniature Poodle, a Westie and a mutt (English Coonhound / Husky / Golden Retriever). I also have 3 cats and 2 rabbits … and a very tolerant and understanding husband, who knew that my animals and I are a package deal. I've always had a number of different animals: birds, fish, reptiles … Deep down, I'm a dog person because of the dynamic interaction you can have with them. We do activities together, like hiking in the mountains. As for cats, I like their cuddliness. I love relaxing with them in the evening in front of the TV, when the house is quiet. The rabbits like to snuggle too. All my animals eat together. One of the cats sleeps piled up with the dogs … But since my Westie arrived, I've had to keep the rabbits in their pens because he has a very keen predatory instinct.”


2 dogs and 1 cat
“In addition to my 2 Weimeraners, I have a Siamese cat—and until very recently, I had four of them! I had cats as a child, as a teen and as a young adult. When I got my first dog, I realized just how different they are. They are more demanding when it comes to care and attention, but it's a completely different relationship—more active and interactive. They're always happy, positive and up for any type of activity. But I still love cats as much as ever. When you get right down to it, you get attached no matter what the animal, especially when you have them a long time. You click with some personalities more than others, whether it's dogs or cats. I've been lucky to always have cats that quickly read my mood: when I was sad or depressed, they came and comforted me. And I find it funny that they rule the roost. When I'm feeding the dogs and the eats from their bowl, they just stare at me as if to say: “Do something, would ya!”, but they'd never dare chase the cat away.”


1 dog and 1 cat
“I had Jackson, my Boston terrier, for 3 years when I found a cute little cat hiding on my veranda. I kept her for a while, hoping to find her a family, but she got along so well with Jackson that I decided to keep her. For me, someone who's never had a cat, it was a whole new dynamic. I love that my dog has to be by my side and that he needs me, and I also love that my cat is generally independent. It's a nice balance. The two of them often tease each other and play together, but the cat is most definitely the dominant one. If she stands on her hind legs to play, Jackson just runs and hides. He's a little chicken! Because she's still young, the cat likes to pester him: she jumps on top of him when he's sleeping, walks all over him. At night, they both sleep with me in my bed. It's a little tight, but it's sheer bliss!”

Cover photo: The lap of luxury for Axel, a Weimaraner, and the Siamese cats, Litchi and Chili.

Photo 1: Canicross is one of the sports that Sarah practices with her dogs.
Photo 2: Selfie time for Roger (the cat), Mia and Juliette (a miniature Poodle).
Photo 3: Summertime and the living is easy for Joey and even easier for his Weimaraners, Tosca and Axel.
Photo 4: Jackson is the loving sort … and that's fine by Alex!

Photos credit: Geneviève Brindle.

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