Are Pugs Good With Cats In Your House?

Are Pugs good with cats in your house? Pugs are great little loyal, faithful companions that are eager to please. If introduced properly they will get along well with people, children, and other animals including cats. In this article, I will tell you how and why pugs and cats get along.

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Are Pugs Good with Cats?

Pugs and Cats

As with people, animals have unique personalities.   Usually, pugs and cats will be able to live well in the same household.  Of course, the cat also has a big part to play in whether they can become friends.  Having had dogs and cats living together, it seems as if the dog is willing to get along with the cat. However, the cat seems to be the one who rules the relationship.

For instance, having several inside house cats and a rough lassie-like collie in my house means the cats usually rule.  The collie is very gentle and will play with the cats and share his food and water, allowing the cats to eat before he will. Pugs will often do the same.

Recently my husband found a half-bangle male kitten at a dump.  He saved the kitten and its littermate.  The dog would like to be friends with both, but the male cat, for no reason at all will walk up to the dog and smack it in the snout.

The cat is definitely in charge of this relationship.  A cat-like one would probably not get along with a pug no matter how gentle it is.  So, it would depend on the personalities of the pug and the cat.  Most pugs and cats can learn to be good friends.

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Pugs and Cats Living Together

Do Pugs get along with cats? Yes, they usually do. For instance, Pugs are small and docile and will not normally chase a cat. They normally show no aggression toward a cat, therefore cats do not necessarily feel threatened by a pug.

Pugs were bred to be lap dogs and companion animals to their owners. They have a very gentle nature, are devoted to their owners, and are sociable animals.   Pugs will get along well living in the same household as a cat.  The Pug will be friendly to the cat.

Cats who learn not to be afraid of the pug can become good companions to the pug.  It is not uncommon in households where you have Pugs and cats living together, to find them curled up sleeping beside each other.

In many ways the cat and the pug are alike. Most cats are independent and want to do what they want to do.  A pug can be very independent also.

Pugs and Kittens

Should you decide to get a kitten rather than a full-grown cat you will no doubt encounter a different set of challenges.  Kittens tend to arch their back with their hair standing up and be aggressive when they are frightened.  They may be frightened when encountering a Pug.  Your Pug may want to get too close too soon.  The kitten will naturally spit at the Pug and swat at it.

Even if you have a puppy, it would still be easier to have an adult cat.  An adult cat will as we have said set the rules for the pup.  The adult cat will quickly let your pup know what the boundaries are with it.

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Do Pugs Get Along With Cats? Yes!

There are some things to remember when acquiring either a pug or a cat as a new member of a household.

  • Introductions:   This should be done slowly.  Do not just put them together immediately. Give them time and space to get to know each other. Perhaps a kennel with either the pug or the cat in it so they can safely smell each other.  Allow Pugs and Cats enough time to get used to the fact that the other one is now in the household.
  • Blankets and pillows:  Put a blanket or pillow with the scent of each of them on it where the other one is sleeping.
  • C. Equal attention: Be sure you do not show favoritism toward one or the This can be especially important for the Pug or cat that already was living in the home.  Showing undue attention to the newcomer may cause the pet already in the home to be jealous of the newcomer. Therefore, pay close attention to Pugs and cats living together.
  • Food: Be sure to feed your cat and Pug separately and away from each other.  Most animals will protect their food.  They need their own space and place to eat away from each other.  It is possible they will fight if this does not happen.
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Pug and Cat

Are Pugs Good With Cats

We are back to the same question.  Are pugs good with cats?  Pugs being sociable, loving loyal, devoted pets will normally be good with cats.  They were not bred to hunt.  Therefore, they do not have an inherited prey drive. They will get along with cats, rabbits, and other small animals. They will welcome having a cat as a companion.

One thing to remember is that pugs do have bulging eyes. They can have major issues with their eyes.  Therefore, during the adjustment period, this is an important thing to remember.  For instance, do not allow the cat to get too close to the pug and scratch its eyes.  Of course, if the cat is declawed this is not a major issue.  Until you know the pugs and cats will be friends make sure they have boundaries and personal space.


Pugs tend to be good with cats.  They will normally welcome them as a friend in their home. Remember that the cat rules. So, keep the Pug safe from having their eyes scratched during the introduction period.  Make sure that your cat has a safe place to get away if it wants to.  A cat tree would be a great place for this getaway.  A pug can’t climb like a cat and the cat can keep an eye on their new friend from the tree.

Are pugs good with cats?  Yes, they are, and they can actually become incredibly good friends.  Do not rush the relationship but give them time to get used to each other.  Make sure your pug respects the cat as part of the household.  I have experienced many dogs of all different breeds being good friends with cats.

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Hi there! I’m Stuart, a devoted dog lover and family dog expert with over a decade of experience working with our furry companions. My passion for dogs drives me to share my knowledge and expertise, helping families build strong, loving bonds with their four-legged friends. When I’m not writing for SirDoggie, you’ll find me hiking, playing with my beautiful dog, or studying music.