Whippet vs. Wife's Cat

by John Walker

I'm retired and my grown daughters want to give me a 6 month old (fixed) male whippet.
My wife has a house cat (fixed male) about 5 or 6 years old, it never leaves the house.
Are my wife's cat and my christmas present going to cohabitate or am I looking for a divorce?

ANSWER:

Whippets and cats can be a difficult mix but in your situation you have a good chance to have your puppy and avoid a divorce.

Your wife's cat is already the master of the house and the whippet puppy may learn to respect that.

I would suggest that before taking any decision, you find out with the breeder if the whippet had any chance to socialize with cats and how the encounters went.

Check out this page to read more about whippets, cats and other pets.

Good luck with your new pup!

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Whippet / Lab mix and Cat

by Amanda
(PA)

We just adopted a 4 year old dog from our local SPCA. The owner that gave her up said she is a Whippet and Lab mix.

Failure to do homework has gotten the best of us. The dog is fixated on the resident cat. The cat resides in the loft of the house and rarely visits the lower living level since the arrival of the dog.

The dog NEVER seems to forget where the cat is. She will get up from a nap and out of the blue go and stare up where the cat was last seen. We have introduced them and the dog will not chase the cat if we are present.

I am now afraid for the cats life if the dog gets hold of her when we are not home. The dog is capable of watching the cat sitting up on the dresser or desk and not lunging, just watching, but watching intently.

The dog is even capable of allowing the cat to pass by on the floor and leaving her alone. But the dog knows we tell her "no". If the cat were to come downstairs during the day when we are not home maybe she would not be so patient. Any advice?

ANSWER:

Whippets were originally bred to course and kill rabbits. Although they may not be used today as coursing dogs, whippets maintain a very strong prey drive and tend to chase small furry creatures with gusto.

Obviously your dog has a lot of whippet in him and sees the cat as a possible prey. Even if you train him, control of this instinct is not guaranteed.

The best advice I can give you is to take great care not to leave your pets free and unsupervised in the house and never leave them in the yard at the same time.

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Are Whippets Good with Cats?

by Tom
(Cape Cod)

We have two cats, and are considering a whippet. Are whippets good with cats?

ANSWER:

Most whippets will chase cats but some may respect the resident cats especially if they were already in the house before the dog arrival.

Ask the breeder if the whippet you are considering to purchase or adopt has had any previous exposure to cats.

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Is it Possible to Raise a Whippet Dog with Cats?

by Mary
(Ireland)

I would love to have a whippet dog but being aware of the breed's sighthound status I am afraid that my cats will be at risk when they run around the house!

ANSWER:

I didn't have much luck in mixing whippets and cats but the dogs were in the house before the kittens.
I spoke with another whippeteer who told me that in his case (the cat was master of the house before the arrival of the whippet) the puppy quickly learned to respect the resident cat.
Cats and sighthounds are a difficult mix but being the cats already there and the whippet still young, if you introduce them cautiously and under careful supervision you might be able to obtain a balanced and peaceful cohabitation.
Good luck!

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Whippets and cats

by Tania
(Virginia)

My friend is moving to Japan and I may adopt her whippet dog Eli, I have 4 cats already, will the whippet try to attack the cats? The cats are 12, two are 7 and one is about 6 months old.

ANSWER

Some whippets learn to respect the resident cat and some never do.
Try to introduce the dog to your cats with extreme caution before adopting the whippet to make sure it is going to work.
For more tips have a look at these pages

whippets and cats faq

whippets and other pets

Good luck!




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Whippets and cats?

by Claire
(Melbourne)

I have 2 adult cats and would love to get a whippet but everyone has warned me that the 2 just wont mix as whippets will "instinctively" chase my cats. Do any of you whippet owners have cats?

ANSWER:

Some whippets get along with cats, especially if they were in the house before them and some are just too tempted to chase them.
My advice is that you get a well socialized puppy from a breeder that has cats at home or a dog that has proven to be "cat proof" already.

Good luck!

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Adopting a Whippet Mix into a Home with a Cat

by Sarah
(NY)

We have met a whippet/pug mix that we are considering adopting. She is a six year old rescue dog. She is very gentle and sweet.

We have a cat, and from what I have read about whippets, owners have to be extremely cautious when they have cats.

Our cat mostly lived upstairs when we had our last dog, she tends to stay away from other animals.

Because the dog we want to adopt is a rescue, we don't know if she has ever lived with cats.

She is currently in a foster home that does not have cats, but her foster mom says that she pulls on the leash if they are out walking and if she sees a cat or squirrel.

I would like some advice as far as how risky it is to have a whippet mix and a cat and also some pointers for introducing them and having them live in the same house if we do choose to adopt her. Thanks!

ANSWER:

The debate about whippets and cats is hot but most whippet owners seem to be have been successful in mixing them especially if the cat was in the house first.

The fact your dog is pulling on the leash when he sees a cat is not significant because whippets often learn to respect the house cat but consider the oustside ones just "game".

You can find a discussion with many comments about this topic on this page and more info about whippets and other pets on this page.




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Whippets and cats

by Tanya
(Orlando)

I'm considering adopting a whippet sometime in the future but I am concerned about their high prey drive around smaller animals.

I'm wondering if I would have to be concerned also about about a 25+ lb. Savannah cat (leash trained to walk outside).

ANSWER

Wow! What a kitten!

I don't know much about Savanna cats but the sheer size makes it a quite impressive feline.

I am sure your whippet will be impressed too.

Make sure the whippet has been exposed to cats before and the Savanna cat is comfortable with dogs.

Follow all the usual precautions, check out this page to read about mingling whippets with cats.

Don't rush their friendship, give each of them a way out if the situation gets too stressful, supervise your pets and take it easy!

Good luck!

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