Are Pit Bulls Good With Cats?
Do Pit Bulls and Cats Get Along?
I realize that to some people, discussion of an American Pit Bull Terrier palling around with a kitten might seem unbelievable. These breeds are often stereotyped as killers. Many believe they are prone to display aggression toward cats, other dogs, and even humans. These stereotypes are mostly baseless, however, and often stem from fear and misunderstanding.
In fact, pit bulls and cats can get along quite well. I speak from personal experience when I say that, in the hands of a responsible owner, these dogs can get along just fine with other animals—especially cats.
What to Consider Before Introducing a Pit Bull and a Cat
Historically, these American Terriers have been bred for great temperament, strength, agility, and intelligence. That being said, they are known to be protective of their owners. You need to be responsible to own one, as they require a lot of attention and training.
These dogs are also known for their high energy levels. They can be rambunctious, but can also be surprisingly gentle so long as proper boundaries are set and enforced. Your common sense might tell you that a mid-sized, high-energy animal might be too much for your cat or cats to handle, but this usually is not the case.
Whether you are introducing a puppy or an adult dog into a house with cats or vice versa, you will need to be consistent in enforcing strict boundaries with the pit bull. The good news is that these dogs just want to please their owners and are more than happy to operate within the boundaries that you give them.
Pit Bulls and Cats Can Coexist Happily
Raising pit bulls and cats together is no big deal if you are a responsible dog owner to begin with. Having grown up in a few small country towns, I've owned many popular breeds of dogs and cats simultaneously.
I have never been more impressed by type of dog and its ability to coexist with its feline companions than I have been with the American Pit Bull Terrier. In my opinion, these dogs are all about pleasing their owners.
A balanced pit bull will be more than capable of getting along with your cats, and not just for your sake. Once appropriate boundaries have been established, most learn to genuinely enjoy the company of your feline family members. Give America's first native dog breed a chance before you rule them out as a new member of your cat-friendly family.
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I realize that any discussion about these breeds can be controversial, because of the way the American Pit Bull Terrier (A.P.B.T.) has been painted by the media. I challenge you to do some research on your own before forming opinions, however. If you know someone who owns a one, talk to them about their experience with the breeds.
Pit Bulls: Bad Breeds or Bad Reputation?
Are pit bulls bad? Some might say asking this question equates to asking whether there is a "bad race." There is no such thing as a "bad breed." In my opinion, the breeds have earned earned their less-than-favorable reputation because of the following factors.
Why Pit Bulls Have a Bad Rap
- Irresponsible owners fail to properly train and socialize their pets.
- Some individuals purposefully obtain them for their size and fierce reputation then train them to act violently. This is dangerous and should not be condoned.
- Pit bull attacks attract an undue amount of media attention, while attacks by other breeds are rarely covered in the news.
All dogs are different. Some are human-aggressive yet animal-friendly. Some are friendly to cats but aggressive toward other dogs. Others are friendly to just about everyone. Temperament varies more from dog to dog than from breed to breed. Dogs' temperaments are as diverse as those of their human counterparts.
No dogs should be aggressive toward their own family. Such aggression is usually a sign of psychological problems with the animal and should be handled responsibly.
Like other domesticated dogs, these breeds enjoy people and are capable of forming very close bonds to their handlers or family. When they are given proper care and attention from their owners, they are loving and loyal.
These dogs are also highly intelligent, which makes training them a breeze. The old saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" doesn't apply here.they are capable of learning new commands at any age as long as they received basic training and socialization as puppies. They are even capable of unlearning bad habits taught to them by their owners (e.g. jumping up on people, licking, or begging for food).