Do Cats & Corgis Get Along?

Let’s all admit that at one point in our lives, we thought cats and dogs couldn’t get along. After all, mainstream media such as movies and cartoons often present them to be enemies that battle it out for their owner’s love. In real life, this is not true at all. Cats and dogs can get along, as long as the owner knows how to care for them properly and treat them equally.

Corgis are one of the best breeds to have in your home. Their naturally affectionate and fun-loving nature is what makes them so lovable! However, if you’re thinking about welcoming a feline friend into your home, then there are some things you need to consider.

Can Cats and Corgis Get Along?

The short answer is yes, they can get along. Still, it ultimately depends on each pet, their personalities, and how they perceive each other. If you have an adult Corgi and are thinking of bringing a new cat into your home, then it could require some training and observation before they warm up to each other.

You can’t expect Corgis to get along with your cat the second they are introduced to each other. It’s normal for pets to feel wary when they’re in the presence of an unfamiliar animal but if you pull the right strings and take the proper steps to get them to warm up to each other, then there’s a chance that your corgi and cat could become good friends.

Tips and Things to Consider

It might take some extra time and effort on your part to make sure that your cat and Corgi stay on good terms, but trust the process. It’s always a good thing when your pets make new friends! Not to mention how it can save you a lot of trouble in the long run. Here are a few things you might encounter while handling your pets and how to deal with them.

Which came first? The Corgi or the Cat?

If the Corgi came first, then they may see your new cat as a threat or a pest. Although Corgis are known to be bright and energetic, they can also be very protective. This is both a good and a bad thing, depending on the situation. In this case, you might have to ease your Corgi into accepting their new companion. Their protectiveness can turn into aggression if they feel that your cat is invading their space, which is why you need to keep a watchful eye on both of them until they warm up to each other.

If you already have a cat, then it would be easier to bring home a puppy instead of a fully grown dog. The best option would be a Corgi that is around 16 weeks old. At this time, the Corgi will still be adjusting to their surroundings. They will likely see your cat as more of a companion than a threat since the Corgi was brought up in an environment that always had them around. Take note of your cat’s reaction as well throughout this process. Even if your Corgi has grown used to their presence, there’s still the chance that your cat may not accept them right away.

Personal Space and Setting Boundaries

Welcoming a new companion into their lives and living area can be pretty overwhelming for them at first so you should provide both your cat and Corgi with a space of their own. This is important, especially for Corgis, who are naturally territorial since they are meant to be ‘herding dogs’. Corgis and cats are about the same size, so be sure to prepare two equally sized places for each of them. It would be best to put these two places in different areas of the house as well.

Their mannerisms and habits play a part in choosing their own spaces as well. Corgis love to explore, while cats prefer to have their corner to retreat to. Make sure to take note of their sleeping patterns as well, as they could get aggressive if the other disrupts their rest. Cats are most active in the morning, while Corgis love to snooze for as long as they can. In turn, cats will probably sleep during the afternoons, so make sure you keep your dog busy and away from their little corner during those times.

If your Corgi and cat willingly welcome each other into their own space, then that is a good sign of improvement!

Which cats are compatible with Corgis?

It may seem like they’re all the same regardless of their breed, but just like how Corgis are more energetic and playful than most dogs, cats also have their fair share of distinctive personality traits. If you’re bringing a feline companion for your Corgi, you might want to consider getting one that is compatible with their personality. Some examples include:

·         American Shorthair

·         Japanese Bobtail

·         Bengal

·         Maine Coon

·         Abyssinian

These cats are considered to be a great fit for your Corgi. These cats are known for their curious and gentle nature while being the perfect amount of playfulness to match your dog’s energy. It still depends on how the cat was brought up or raised but if there are no issues, then your Corgi might be getting their own best friend!

How To Stop a Corgi from Chasing Your Cat

When Corgis feel threatened or excited, one of their main responses is to start chasing whatever caused them to feel that way. This serves as both an act of playfulness or aggression, depending on the situation. This can cause cats to feel frightened and run away, causing a big ruckus (and an even bigger mess to clean) in your home.  When your Corgi begins to behave this way, you need to discipline them properly.

You can prevent your dog from chasing your cat by taking preventive measures ahead of time. If your Corgi is still getting used to your cat’s presence, you can invest in a playpen or a baby gate to ensure that they will be in separate spaces. As much as you want them to roam free, it’s also better if you keep your Corgi on a leash in case they begin to get aggressive.

Using verbal cues also promotes healthy communication with your dogs. Train them to understand your words such as sit, lay down, or stop so that they will learn how to listen to you. Reward them with treats or their favorite toys so that they will become inclined to follow your orders, as they begin to relate following these verbal cues to receiving their favorite items.

Guide and Observe Them

Your main goal is to ensure that your pets can co-exist in the same living space without causing trouble for each other and you. It may take weeks or even months before your Corgi and cat are used to having each other around. It may take even longer for them to willingly approach each other, but it’s all worth the wait.

This stage can be unpredictable so just be patient and keep a close eye on them. Take the appropriate steps to help them warm up to each other and watch how it all unfolds! As soon as your furry friends begin to recognize each other as a companion than a threat, they will eventually form a unique friendship that compliments both of their personalities and habits. Trust the process!