Martell asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

I LOVE dogs, but inherited a Siamese cat. Would he get along with a Greyhound? Vice vers?

I LOVE dogs! But I had to take my Grandson's Siamese neutered male--about 10 yrs old--(the CAT, that is!) because the new step-Dad is very allergic. My little poodle lived to be about 15 and I CRAVE a dog again!! I live in a 1-bd rm, but am very active. I'd walk and take him/her out with me EVERYWHERE! I LOVE their company. Plse don't tell me to get a husband--I'm 0-for-2 and not in for another one at 77! ")

I've had big dogs and little--loved a Weimaraner and German Shepard. I've heard that Greyhounds are "45 mph Couch Potatoes". That would work great in an apt.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    well if that cat's there first - the dog should adjust.

    re: the other poster's concerns about prey drive - I have a kelpie - very high prey drive, chases birds has killed squirrels but will not so much as look sideways at our cats.

    Its all about pack mentality and who's "alpha" - it needs to be established (sorry to say it, as i'm a dog lover) but the dog needs to be bottom of the pack... BELOW the cat!

    don't waste your time with a husband - you're right!

    animal companionship has been proven to be hugely beneficial to health and well being... third husbands.. not so much...

    : P

  • 1 decade ago

    Hi, I'm a retired-racer owner and also a volunteer for an adoption organization. Prior to adopting a dog into a home with a cat we screen the dogs very carefully. Our group keeps adoptable dogs in foster homes, and some of our foster homes have cats - so some of the dogs are already accustomed to living with cats. Even still, there are certain preventive measures we urge all cat adopters to take - muzzle the dog when you introduce him to the cat, use a crate when you cannot supervise the animals, and put a baby gate about 6" off the ground in the doorway of the room where the cat's food & litter box are kept (by keeping it above ground the cat can go under and escape if he feels nervous or threatened). Again, these are preventive measures, but an ounce of prevention is worth a gallon of cure. Most dogs can kill most cats - greyhounds are peculiar in that they are fast and agile enough to actually catch a cat. Having a cat and a grey in a household is not impossible (in fact better than half of our adopters also have cats) but you do need to be prepared to carefully supervise introductions and the 'settling in' period.

    BTW we live in a small condo with three (sometimes four) greys and they are the perfect dogs for small spaces. Good luck!

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    I had the same dilemma on bringing home a rescue German Shepherd, to a household of 9 rescue cats. It will take time, patience and perseverance. It sounds like the cats have no experience of meeting a dog before; they probably wonder what it is and being larger than them, will cause them to shy away. Over time, once they realise that the dog is not a threat and is part of every day life in their new home, curiosity will get the better of them and they may approach for a sniff. As long as the dog remains calm and doesn't react, frightening them-when eventually they accept the dog, don't be surprised to find them all curled up together. It may be a long process, as I find Siamese cats a little temperamental. However, it may be that they don't want to be friends, like mine . My cats, a year later, still fly across the living room to whack the dog, if he sticks his nose through the door. They'll certainly rule the roost. Good luck.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Contrary to what those people who don't know anything about greyhounds will tell you, not all of them have a high prey drive. Of my 3 greyhounds, 2 of them are great with cats!

    If you adopt a greyhound from a rescue group, they take great care in matching the right dog to the right home because it's important to them that the dogs get a forever home. They test the dogs to find out if they are cat safe, so if you let them know you have a cat, they'd be certain to find you a greyhound who gets along with cats.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Most greyhounds do not do well with cats in the household. I would check with the rescue group that you are working with to see if they have a cat friendly dog. Good Luck. Love the breed, however, I have three cats.

  • 1 decade ago

    If the Siamese is anything like mine, it wouldn't get along with most dogs (despite the breed). As for greyhounds, I have never known one that wasn't hyperactive (that's putting it lightly), unless of course it was a well trained retired race track dog. Large breeds in general won't do well in apartments, they need a lot of exercise, and most landlords won't permit them in any case. I would go for another toy to miniature breed in a 1 room apartment, one that doesn't shed, and doesn't have hyperactivity issues.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes go with a greyhound. In fact, go with a retired racer. They are tested to see if they get along with cats. Many are too lazy to chase the cats lol

    http://www.adopt-a-greyhound.org/

    http://www.greyhoundgang.com/

    http://www.greyrescue.org/

    http://www.greyhoundrescue.co.uk/

    http://www.greyhoundog.org/

    info on cats

    http://www.greyhoundog.org/Cats.html

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Greyhounds are sight hounds and have a very high prey drive. NOT the breed for a cat!

  • 1 decade ago

    May be

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