Are Pomeranians good with cats?

Are Pomeranians good with cats?
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Pomeranians are cute, cuddly and super affectionate dogs, however, are Pomeranians good with cats? If you’re thinking about introducing a cat to your home, alongside a Pomeranian, then you’ll need to know what to expect.

Many people like a particular type of pet, whether it’s a cat, dog or even a rabbit, and some people are pleased with being a dog person and others like to be a cat person. Everyone has a different preference when it comes to pets. However, one challenge that most people face when introducing a new pet into their home, is whether the existing pet will accept the new pet. That’s why those that own a Pomeranian often worry about getting a cat to join the family, as they don’t know how they will react.

It’s not unusual to think that your dog won’t accept a cat’s presence, considering the territorial nature of dogs and the traditions that have been said about the relationship between both dogs and cats. However, you should know that some dog breeds have different temperaments, and therefore, some dogs will find it easier to live with cats than others.

Some breeds will quite literally live in harmony with any other type of pet, be it a rabbit or a cat. For instance, Pomeranians belong to the toy breed of dogs and are generally raised to be friendly lap-warmers. Over the years, the Pomeranians have grown to love and be less aggressive. However, you should certainly do your homework before introducing a Pomeranian to a cat.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about Pomeranians and whether they are good with cats.

How to introduce your Pomeranian to your cat

The first question to ask before any other one is the question of when. How well your dog relates to other pets depends largely on its age. This is the singular reason why most pet owners are advised to start their dogs when they are still very young. At this stage, they are still learning to relate to their environments and haven’t developed so much of the usual territory-defending mentality. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you cannot introduce a cat at any age. However, you should be more careful when introducing a cat to your Pomeranian when they are older. You should always be present encase your Pomeranian reacts negatively to the cat.

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There are cases where Pomeranians take it to the next level of rejection, while there are also cases where they both love each other from first contact. If your Pomeranian gets aggressive at the sight of a new cat, know that it may not necessarily mean they dislike your cat, as it’s a natural reaction to any new pet entering the household. Dogs are very territorial and they don’t like to share their owners love and this could be one of the reasons why they have reacted as they did, but this is where your leadership role comes in as the alpha to the two pets.

What you should do when you introduce your Pomeranian to your cat

  • Pick a good time.
  • Introduce the cat as soon as possible, while your Pomeranian is young
  • Be present at the time of introduction and find a neutral spot.
  • Ensure there are no other distractions nearby during the introduction.
  • Show love and attention to both pets.
  • Give treats to your dog and say positive words like “good girl” or “good boy”.
  • Reassure them and give them more attention than usual during the introduction.
  • Give each of them a separate bed. 
  • Introduce toys slowly.
  • Separate both pets while you are away for a period of time.

What you shouldn’t do when you introduce your Pomeranian to your cat

  • Ignore your Pomeranian.
  • Give more attention and love to the new pet
  • Treat them any differently to how you would before.
  • Feed them less or reduce the frequency of treats.
  • Don’t give your dogs favourite toy(s) to the cat to share.

At first, take it slow and don’t force any engagement between both your Pomeranian and cat, it should be a natural process. Show them both as much love as you can, to begin with, and make clear to your dog that they are doing a great job. Give them lots of praise, rewards and treats and they’ll know that what’s happening is positive. With the right training, a Pomeranian can live with a cat, in fact, dogs can live with rabbits too, as long as they are introduced properly and your dog is well behaved.

Tips to help your Pomeranian get along with a Cat

Irrespective of the ages of the dog and cat in question, their first contact should be done under close supervision. Be sure that they both feel comfortable in the environment as much as possible. If you have trained your dog on some simple obedience training, now may be a good time to give firm instructions and rewards at the same time. Putting a see-through barrier is usually beneficial at first as it affords both the privilege of seeing and smelling each other before they finally come in close contact.

Pomeranian with Cat
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At every point in time, assure and reassure your love to the older roommate by petting and rewarding for accepting the new roommate. It is always good to play with both at the same time, although their toys and games may be different. This will help them to get along easily and play together as well.

Take it slowly at first and give lots of rewards and praise, in time, you can introduce new toys to the mix, however, you should avoid allowing the cat to play with the dog toys, as they may not like this and become protective. Make sure any toys are new.

What to do if your Pomeranian and Cat don’t get along together

Both Poms and cats are very social animals, so they should get along pretty well. But there are

Both Pomeranians and cats are very social animals, so they should get along pretty well. But there are times that even the friendliest dogs refuse to accept new roommates. If this happens, don’t give up! You may need to get help from your trainer or a vet. You may have to momentarily re-introduce them under close supervision and then separate them again for a couple of weeks to help them get used to each other’s sight and smell.

If your dog is struggling to get along with your new cat, you may need to seek professional advice, or if you feel uncomfortable with the prospect of your dog potentially hurting the cat, you may need to review the situation altogether. 

However, in most cases, with the right training and patience, your Pomeranian will get along well with a new cat.

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