In general, most people i know do this. However, things do happen accidental or not, and I dont know if it would be worth the consequences.
When we are gone. My dog is crated (For other reasons), the widdle beagle gets the downstairs to herself, with or without cats and there is a gait blocking the upstairs so the beagle cant go upstairs, and the cats have upstairs, downstairs and outside options.
My friend lets her 2 GSD's and her 2 cats loose together. However when she came home one day, her cat was bleeding on the ground. She thinks they attacked it. However, she brought it to the vets and it had a seizure. So the vet said that it probably had the seizure and because the cat was acting funny, that is when the dogs attacked it. Which would make sense, being the dogs never attacked a cat before. Wouldn't expect that situation to happen, but it did. And i honestly don't "blame" the dogs for going after a cat acting really weird (having a seizure). The cat did live though! And she still keeps them loose together, with one dog crated.
So it defiantly is a debate! A lot of people i know keep them loose together, and they are fine. So it is totally up to!
Mom of: "Zelda
: December 15, 2012
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: May 01, 2013