Are Huskies Good With Cats? The Surprising Answer

Huskies are loyal, energetic and intelligent dogs. They have high energy levels and are guided by their instincts. Owning one of these beautiful dogs can sometimes be a challenge, but they are loving, fun-loving dogs that make loving pets. You might think your friendly Husky wouldn’t hurt a fly, but that’s not necessarily true.

If you own a Husky and plan to get a cat or vice versa, it may not lead to the harmonious situation you envision. Huskies naturally don’t get along well with cats. Here are the things you need to know before bringing these two animals together under one roof.

Why don’t Huskies like cats?

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Huskies were originally bred in Siberia and used by the Chukchi people as sled dogs, guard dogs and companions. Dogs were also used when hunting. Since hunting was part of their job, the breed developed a heightened prey drive.

A hunting for prey is an instinct that all dogs have until a certain point. This is the reason why dogs will fly after anything that is small and furry and that moves quickly. If you’ve ever walked your dog and he pulled you while he was chasing after a squirrel, you know how strong that prey can be. This instinct is difficult to train in dogs, and even if you try, you can never guarantee that it will no longer be present.

Huskies don’t necessarily like cats. But they don’t understand that they are also pets. They see small animals as prey, even if they are animals you love. For this reason, Huskies should also not be trusted around ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals.

If a Husky lives with a cat, they may get along well until the cat makes a sudden, quick movement. This could trigger the dog’s prey and cause it to chase and possibly attack the cat. Since the prey drive cannot be changed, this is a dangerous situation.

Can Huskies ever live with cats?

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It is possible for Huskies to live with cats. You may know of situations where Huskies and cats get along quite well. Just be aware that this is not common, although it is possible.

If you are bringing home a Husky puppy and you already have a cat, this is a situation that is most likely to succeed. The dog will grow up knowing that the cat is an established member of the household and may even learn to be friends with it. If your dog has known the cat from day one, they are less likely to see it as prey.

Having a Husky puppy and a kitten at the same time is an even better situation because the two can grow up together, seeing each other as part of the family.

If you bring an older Husky into a home with a cat, it could take a long time to train the dog to live with him properly. A professional animal behaviorist or trainer are good resources to consider. They can show you how to introduce animals the right way and give you advice on how to have a successful relationship.

If you are adopting a Husky through a rescue that uses foster homes, ask if any available Huskies currently live in homes with cats. If they are already desensitized to cats and can live in harmony with them, the transition to your home will be easier.

You can also contact social media groups and forums dedicated to Husky owners online. Here you can ask questions and read the stories of those who have raised Huskies with cats and what has worked for them.

Final Thoughts

Huskies are not naturally friendly with cats as they have high prey drive. This causes them to view cats as prey rather than family members. The best chance of success is to bring a Husky puppy into a home where a cat already lives. You can also get a Husky puppy and kitten at the same time so they can grow up knowing each other.

If you’re bringing an adult Husky into a home with a cat, it’s best to work with a professional trainer to facilitate introductions and show you how to keep your cat safe while the fitting takes place.

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