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Old 04-20-2007, 01:00 PM
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Are pit bulls good with cats or do they tend to chase them like most terriers?
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:02 PM
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You know the t hing about pitbulls that they can be unpredictable sometimes. My dog is good with my cat, but they are monitored all the time. Plus i have a toddler who we are very careful about. Is your dog good with other an imals?
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Old 04-20-2007, 02:26 PM
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I don't have a dog anymore but He was very good with other cats but iffy with other dogs. I was asking just in case we get another dog, I'd like to know if Pit bulls were ok to get with the cats.
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Old 04-20-2007, 02:31 PM
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Both of mine are great with other dogs AND cats. It just depends on the dog. Getting a puppy so that it would grow up with your cats would be a good idea.
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Old 04-20-2007, 03:28 PM
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I've worked with APBT/AmStaffs (never owned one - only fostered) that were great with cats, some that were so-so, and some that desperately needed a feline free home.

My first foster AmStaff was amazing with cats. He would sniff her every once in awhile, and then go on his way, with a couldn't-care-less attitude.

My second foster AmStaff/GSD definately needed a feline free home. She went after Lillian very agressively, as she did with all small, moving creatures.

My third foster APBT was curious about the cat, and the dog would chase her if the cat ran. She really just wanted to play - she saw everyone and everything as either a toy or a new friend. She did go to a home without a cat - as she tended to play a little rough. Lillian will put up with a lot, but most cats won't.

My fourth foster (current foster) didn't even notice the cat for probably the first day or two. He was a little curious when he met her, sniffing all over, and now he just treats her like a furry piece of furniture - just a fixture in the house.

So, it could go either way. It does really depend on how they're raised, and what they're exposed to - which is true with any breed, but especially with high-prey-drive breeds. All the fosters were adults, between two and three years of age.

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Old 04-20-2007, 04:15 PM
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Personally, I think dogs that get along with cats are not the norm anyways. Dogs & cats have had a lengthy history of being enemies.

With that said, it is up to the individual dog. I've seen some 'pit bulls' that can coreside with cats with no problem & some, like mine, view cats in the same class as mice, squirrels, opposum, raccoons, etc..........vermin to be exterminated.
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Old 04-20-2007, 04:31 PM
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any breed of dog that is raised right can be good with cats it all abount the owner
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Old 04-20-2007, 05:46 PM
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My dog was not raised around cats, but she gets along with our cat. Yes, she will chase him and pester him. Sometimes I'll come in and they'll be playing, or sometimes I'll catch them grooming each other. That said, she doesn't get run of the house while I'm away, so I avoid instances where they'd be unsupervised together. I am not sure what she'd do if she encountered a stray cat, but her body language tells me that it might not be pretty.

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I think if the cat is there first and the dog is brought in as a little puppy....your cat will have an obsessive licking friend. If you bring a adult pit who has never known cats...you could have big trouble. I think it really depends on socialization.

You also might ask...how will your cat treat your dog? Pits are fearless and very friendly, which can be a problem. A Pit will often be kinda pushie with their affection and will not back down or take know for an answer.

Athena and Sal were exposed to cats but never lived with one, Athena will smell them and walk away. Sal will lick them from head to toe whether they like it or not. I always worry a lot more about my dogs than the cats.
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I don't thin it's a breed case , but up bringing . Both for the dogs and the cats .
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