Today, I am going to explore on whether Havanese are good with cats. This is not an uncommon question at all. I always say that there are four groups of people. Ones that like dogs, ones that like cats, ones that don’t like any pets and ones that like both. Although the last group who like both cats and dogs isn’t a huge group, it is a large enough group that everyone has that friend that has both cats and dogs in their home. I assume that most people in the world are busy enough at work or in school that they don’t want any additional drama in their house. So, it is a good question to ask, for a current cat owner that is thinking about owning a Havanese soon, whether Havanese can get along with cats.
Havanese Generally Get Along Well with Cats
If you are looking for a short and brief answer for today’s question, the answer is “yes”. Havanese do generally get along well with cats. Isn’t it nice that Havanese can get along well with cats, kids and other pets? The Havanese is considered as one of the best breed for some very good reasons indeed. Now, I said that they “generally” get along well with cats because not every Havanese is the same just like the way you are not the same as your friends, though many of you would behave similarly generally speaking. So, in other words, Havanese are just like humans. Some of them are more aggressive and moody than others. On average though, Havanese is a breed that is not aggressive and considered cheerful and friendly.
What If My Havanese Don’t Get Along with My Cat Well?
Although Havanese usually are good with cats, some of them don’t. Just like we, human, generally like to eat fish, some of us don’t. What can you do about it if you find that your Havanese can’t get along with your cat after you have already owned it? There are two main approaches to this problem. You should use these two approaches simultaneously. The first way is to give them some time to adopt to each other. The second way to do that is to do it thru training. If you combine these two approaches, meaning that you gradually provide more and more training, over a long time period that may last for more than half a year or a year, you will very likely make them get along well enough so your Havanese at least don’t get aggressive with your cat.
Give Your Havanese and Your Cat Some Time to Adapt
Let’s assume that you already have a cat living with you for some time and you are bringing a new Havanese to your home. This is kind of like the situation where you are already living with your boyfriend or girlfriend and then you suddenly bring home a Havanese without discussing with him or her or getting his or her approval. It is destined to cause issues. There are of course chances that your Havanese would get along well with your partner well immediately but the chance is pretty slim. The good news is that time can fix everything, almost at least. It can takes days if you are really lucky but use months as your unit to count if you want to be more realistic. In the case of your Havanese, it is very likely that he and your cat are not going to be best friends in the future, but they should be able to get along fine if you give them half a year to a year to adapt.
Help Your Havanese Adapt with Training
One way you may be able to speed up the adapting process of making your Havanese more friendly with your cat is to provide him with some training. While many of you may already be very familiar with what training a Havanese or other dogs are like, some of you who don’t particular like to train your dogs may need some explanation. Let’s think about it this way. Training a Havanese is like training yourself. I know comparing training a dog with training a person may not sound right to you, but the Science behind it is pretty much the same. All you are trying to do with training is to develop a habit. Once the task your want to do consistently becomes a habit, doing that task can get much easier. Developing a habit, or training, usually involves three main steps.
Training Step One: Giving Your Havanese a Trigger
The first step for developing a habit is to provide a trigger. A trigger can mean a voice command or the sound of your whistle. It doesn’t really matter. For the sake of simplicity, let’s just use the voice command of “friendly” in this example. So, the first step of the training goes like this, when your Havanese start barking at your cat, you say “friendly”.
Training Step One: Repeat the Trigger and Wait for Your Havanese to Do Things Right
The second step of the training is the most difficult step no doubt. Let’s continue on the previous example. So, let’s assume your Havanese is still barking after you give him the voice command “friendly”. You have to wait a little while until he stops barking. If he doesn’t stop after a minute of two, say “friendly” one more time. Keep looping this process until he stops barking.
Training Step Three: The Reward
Finally, when your Havanese stopes barking, give him some reward. A biscuit should be a very nice choice of reward. If you keep doing these three steps for months, you should be able to see some obvious improvement. Not barking to your cat will very likely become automatic and they will no longer need the trigger and the reward to act friendly with your cat.
In summary, Havanese are good with cats generally. But not every Havanese is the same and you may end up with a Havanese that just happens to not get along with your cat. In this case, you have to give him and your cat some time to adapt. You can also provide him with some basic training to see if you can speed up the adapting process.