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Is it okay if a cat sleeps with a Doberman dog?

Hello everyone,

I have a Doberman dog and recently I adopted a stray cat. The cat seems to be very friendly and has been hanging around with my Doberman a lot. I often find them sleeping together in the same bed.

I was wondering if it's okay for my cat to sleep with my Doberman. I am not sure if it's safe for the cat or not as my Doberman is a big dog and has a strong prey drive. I don't want my dog to harm the cat inadvertently.

I would appreciate any advice on this matter. Have any of you ever had a similar experience with your pets? Did they get along well and sleep together comfortably? Or should I separate my pets at night?

Thank you in advance for your help!

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lreynolds

Hey there,

I have a Doberman and a cat, and they get along great! They often sleep together and cuddle up. I was worried about the same thing as you when I first got my cat, but I introduced them slowly and supervised their interactions. After a few days, they were already sleeping together in the same bed.

However, every pet is different, and it's always better to err on the side of caution. I would recommend keeping a close eye on your pets when they sleep together, especially at the beginning. Make sure your Doberman doesn't show any signs of aggression towards your cat.

If your pets seem comfortable with each other, there's no reason why they can't sleep together. Just make sure they have separate beds as well, in case they decide to sleep apart.

Good luck with your fur babies!

kautzer.lelia

Hello everyone,

I have a unique perspective on this question as I currently have a Doberman who is allergic to cats. It sounds crazy, but it is true! Our Doberman is allergic to cats, so we don't allow our cat to sleep with him. We keep them separated at night and have tried to keep them apart during the day when possible.

If you notice any signs of allergies in your Doberman, such as sneezing, coughing, or red and watery eyes, you may want to consider keeping your cat away from him or her. Allergies can be uncomfortable for dogs and can sometimes even be life-threatening.

That being said, if your Doberman does not have allergies, and if you introduce your cat slowly and supervise their interactions, they may be able to coexist peacefully. It's always a good idea to keep an eye on them and make sure they are both comfortable and safe.

In summary, every pet's situation is unique, and it's important to consider all factors before deciding whether or not to let your cat sleep with your Doberman. Watch for signs of allergies or aggression and always prioritize the safety and comfort of your pets.

ehermiston

Hi there,

I have a similar experience to user 1 - my Doberman and cat love each other! When we introduced the cat to our Doberman, we kept them separated at first, and gradually increased the time they spent together. We supervised them closely, but it quickly became clear that our Doberman wasn't going to hurt our cat. Now, they both sleep in the same bed every night, and they seem to be the best of friends.

That said, I completely understand user 2's experience, and I think it's important to remember that every cat and every dog is different. While some dogs may be gentle with cats, others may view them as prey. If you're considering letting your cat sleep with your Doberman, I would recommend starting slowly, and keeping a close eye on them at first. If you notice any signs of aggression or fear from either animal, it's important to intervene and separate them to ensure everyone stays safe.

In the end, it's up to you to decide whether you're comfortable letting your cat and Doberman sleep together. But I believe that with patience, supervision, and a bit of luck, many dogs and cats can become fast friends!

ressie50

Hello there,

I have a slightly different experience, but I think it's important to share as it could help you make an informed decision. I have a Doberman who doesn't get along well with cats. While she has never harmed any cats in the past, she would often growl or snap at them if they came too close to her.

When I adopted a cat, I kept them separated for a few days, and once they seemed comfortable, I introduced them slowly under supervision. However, my Doberman just wouldn't accept the cat and kept growling at her. I had to keep them separated at night as I was worried that my Doberman might harm the cat involuntarily.

I think it's crucial to consider your pet's personality before letting them sleep together. If your Doberman has a high prey drive or isn't friendly with cats, it's better to keep them separated at night. While some dogs and cats get along just fine, others might never accept each other.

It's always better to be cautious and ensure that your pets are safe. In my opinion, it's better to have them sleep separately than risk any harm coming to them.

I wish you all the best with your fur babies!

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