How to Get Your Pit Bull & Cat to Get Along

With training, your pup can get along with your kitty just like he gets along with you.
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Pit bulls have a strong prey drive, and you can be sure cats fall into a category of quarry rather than companion. If Rover thinks Fluffy should be a chew toy instead of a friend, bring harmony to your home by training each pet to tolerate the other.

Step 1

Separate the kitty and pit bull by confining your feline companion to her own room, complete with all of her necessities -- a litter box, toys and filled food and water dishes. You want to reset their relationship from a clean slate, retraining each pet to enjoy the company of the other as if they'd never met.

Step 2

Train your pit bull to understand and obey verbal commands like "Sit," "Stay," "Come" and "Leave It." Pit bull breeds including the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and Staffordshire bull terrier are large pooches with powerful jaws. You'll need to have full control over them around your kitty. These breeds and breed mixes are quick learners. They respond well to training, according to the Minnesota Pit Bull Rescue website.

Step 3

Allow your pit bull to interact with your kitty for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, one to two times per day for a week or two, with the pup on a leash and the cat on the other side of a baby gate. Don't force the pets to have direct contact; you merely want them each to react to the presence of other without aggression. Reward both kitty and pup with treats if they don't react with growling and snarling, Even whining by your pup or his staring at the cat are potential signs of aggression. If either pet does exhibit aggression, end the session and start again in a few hours.

Step 4

Put your pit bull on a leash and let your feline friend out of her room. Sit calmly with the pup and use voice commands to keep him sitting with you as the kitty wanders around in the vicinity of the two of you. Reward calm, nonaggressive, interaction between the two pets with treats. If necessary, use the leash to restrain your pit bull if he does express any signs of a potential attack. These may include lunging, barking or attempting to chase or nip at your kitty. Similarly, keep your feisty feline from trying to swat or pester your pup if he's behaving calmly.

Step 5

Let the kitty and pup interact off-leash with supervision. Continue to reward positive interaction, and control any potentially aggressive interaction with voice commands. Without supervision and at night, separate the two for your kitty's safety -- even a perfectly behaved pit bull might have a slip-up -- by confining the kitty to her own room or crating your pup.

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