A well-trained corgi can be a great companion for a cat. Training and an appropriate lifestyle are critical, though. Do not assume that a corgi is docile because it is small. Corgis and cats usually get along fine.
Corgis have plenty of energy and love to run and herd. This may initially frighten a cat. Once the two pets bond, it will become beneficial. Corgis and cats both enjoy hunting and chasing games. The two pets will entertain each other for hours and become good friends.
Matching a cat and corgi will take patience. The two animals must master their respective fight-or-flight instincts. Thankfully, as working dogs, corgis live to please their owners. Corgis can be trained to channel their energy and instinct into a cat-friendly lifestyle.
- 1 Are Corgis Cat-Friendly?
- 2 Introducing Cats and Corgis
Are Corgis Cat-Friendly?
Corgis are loud and energetic. They also have instincts for hunting and chasing. This could make a corgi a cat’s best friend or worst enemy.
This relationship will be challenging for nervous or aggressive cats. Corgis are unlikely to be cowed and bullied. If your cat hisses and growls at a corgi, the dog will respond in kind. This can sometimes lead to an antagonistic relationship.
As always with a multi-pet household, how you introduce the animals is key. Adopt both pets while young, if possible. Cats and dogs that grow up together always get along better. In addition, match the pets by personality. Cats with a strong prey drive will forge natural camaraderie in a corgi.
Corgis are usually excellent canine companions for domesticated cats. Just manage the relationship carefully and meet the needs of both pets. Pairing these animals will not lead to a quiet, relaxed lifestyle. They can both be loud and energetic at times.
Are Cats Scared of Corgis?
Most adult corgis are 30cm long and weigh 12 lbs. This is not much bigger than a cat. As a result, a corgi should not physically intimidate your cat. But, what corgis lack in physical presence, they make up in attitude.
Despite their diminutive size, corgis are not a toy breed. They are herding dogs by nature that are bossy and vocal. Cats can be afraid of a barking dog. Corgis must be trained not to barking to excess while still puppies.
Corgis are not aggressive. In most cases, the dog wants to be friends. He may go about this in a manner that does not appeal to cat, though. Barking through excitement remains loud and potentially frightening.
It’s likely that a cat will be initially afraid of a corgi. Once the animals bond, this fear will dissipate. Cats and dogs that share a home eventually learn how to communicate.
Your cat will learn that your corgi means no harm. Your corgi will also learn how to approach your cat. You will just need to manage the relationship until this mutual understanding is forged.
Do Corgis Chase Cats?
A corgi will chase a cat upon meeting. Corgis are herding dogs, and they have a high prey drive. It’s in their nature to chase a smaller animal.
The corgi may also gently nip at the heels of a cat. This is how a working dog would encourage cattle to move while herding. Again, this is an instinctive behavior hardwired into a corgi.
When a corgi chases a cat, it will not be out of malice. It’s just a reaction. If the dog catches the cat, claws and teeth will remain out of sight. Just remember that a cat will not understand the corgi’s intentions at first.
Your cat will just see another animal racing toward it. This will trigger a fight-or-flight response. As Brain Research explains, this is an involuntary reaction. Your cat will either run and hide or attempt to claw your corgi.
To the corgi, it’s all part of a fun game. Some cats may agree. The pets will take turns stalking and chasing each other. If they bond, they’ll do this for hours. This can take time. While your pets get to know each other, provide your cat with escape routes.
Why Corgis and Cats Get Along Well
Both will consider themselves the alpha pet. But corgis can be trained to accept a more submissive role. It’s always easier to train a dog than a cat.
They are compatible in terms of size. A cat will not be frightened by a corgi on sight. Your cat is unlikely to hiss and attempt to make herself look big. In return, the corgi will not become aggressive.
They enjoy the same play style. This is important to bonding. You can play with both pets at once. They’ll both chase laser pointers or toys. Corgis and cats will also chase each other around the house.
They both enjoy chasing smaller animals. This makes them a formidable team if they work together. Corgis and cats will join forces to hunt mice and bugs. Both animals also enjoy watching stray or wild animals. They’ll stare out the window together for hours.
As working dogs, corgis are intelligent. They need intellectual stimulation. A cat can provide this. Obstacle courses and treat puzzles will delight both cats and corgis. The pets will work together for a common goal.
Why Corgis and Cats Don’t Get Along
An unexercised corgi is a tightly wound ball of energy. This will lead to frustration. The dog will chase the cat and bark constantly. Your cat may be frightened by these behaviors, causing stress and anxiety.
One way to avoid this is to tire out a corgi. This will involve exercise. If your corgi and cat struggle to get along, take the dog out. 45 minutes of off-lead time, ideally chasing a ball, will keep a corgi happy.
Cats do not need to be walked outside but may feel sidelined. Why is the dog receiving one-on-one attention? In your cat’s mind, the dog is being rewarded for bad behavior. This may lead to your cat acting out as she wants the focus to be on her.
This, in itself, can cause issues with the dog. Corgis can be prone to separation anxiety. Locking your dog in a different room while you play with a cat sounds ideal. Unfortunately, this may lead to whining and destructive behavior.
Corgis jealously guard their food bowl. Feed the pets in separate rooms at separate times. This will prevent the corgi from developing food aggression.
Introducing Cats and Corgis
Where possible, bring a corgi into your home first. Corgis can be strong-minded, even as puppies. Having the time to train them will be beneficial. Once you have a corgi under your control, you can introduce a cat.
Take the introduction slowly. Familiarize the animals with each other’s scents before they meet. When the time comes, tire our corgi out before a meeting. He will become excitable upon seeing your cat.
Keep your corgi on a leash. This way, he cannot chase your cat. Every time the animals do not fight, praise and treat them. Ignoring each other is fine. If the pets can tolerate each other, friendship comes later.
Eventually, you will need to let your corgi off his leash. Before doing so, create a clear escape route for your cat. Allow her climbing spaces and a room to run to. Your corgi will likely frighten your cat by chasing her. The relationship will take time to blossom.
If you are consistent with training, the pets will make friends. Patience is key, though. Never rush this introduction. A potential friendship can be ruined through misunderstanding.
Will Cats and Corgis Play Together?
Cats and corgis will often play together. You can involve yourself in this game if you wish. Alternatively, leave your pets to it. They will keep each other amused once bonded.
A key game for cats and corgis is chasing. This is an extension of both animals’ hunting instincts. A corgi is not dissimilar to a cat in this sense. Both pets will enjoy hiding, then ‘attacking’. There is no malice in this.
You can also play games that involve both pets. Fetching a ball does not come naturally to cats. Your cat may copy your corgi though. Likewise, corgis may not naturally chase a laser pointer. Seeing how excited it makes a cat will change this.
If your pets can play together, it’s an advantage. Never feel that this excuses you from getting involved. Corgis need to be walked, and cats need devoted one-on-one attention.
The corgi will need to run and chase off-lead for a minimum of 40 minutes per day. Try to split this into two 20-minute sessions. If you can, share the responsibility with somebody else. This means that somebody can play with the cat while the corgi is walked.
Even if your cat likes your corgi, she needs alone time with you. Work this into your cat’s daily routine. It will keep her docile and respectful toward your dog. She will understand that her own playtime will come.
If you do not make time for your cat, she may grow jealous. She will take out this resentment on your corgi. If a cat behaves aggressively, a corgi is likely to respond in kind.
Are My Cat and Corgi Playing or Fighting?
If you are worried that your cat and corgi are fighting, watch closer. They may just be playing. Cats and corgis have a rough-and-tumble play style. It’s slightly more physical than most feline interactions.
|Claws remain sheathed at all times||Claws extended ahead of any leap|
|Cat’s mouth is closed, dog’s mouth is open||Both animals are baring teeth|
|Cat is silent, or the dog is snorting/snuffling||Cat is hissing, or the dog is growling or barking|
|Both animals continually return for more||One pet tries to escape, the other refuses to allow this|
If your pets are fighting, separate them ASAP. Keep yourself safe while doing so. As per JAMA, scratches from cats and dogs can cause infection.
House both pets in separate rooms to cool off. Ensure that doors are closed. The cat and corgi must not see or smell each other. This will lead to another confrontation. They are both proud and stubborn animals.
After a short while, reintroduce the pets. If the animals are friendly, they will touch noses. This is an apology and acknowledgment of each other.