Boxers and Cats Coexisting?

Boxers and Cats Coexisting?

Usually when you think of a dog and a cat an immediate sense of rivalry comes to mind. However, is it necessarily true? Do all dogs have an instant urge to chase down a cat when they see one? Generally speaking, the answer would be yes even for the sweet and loving boxer. Most dogs do enjoy to chase cats around.

When comparing boxers and cats with each other, you will immediately see a huge difference in size. Boxers are a lot larger than cats which can be intimidating for them. Wouldn’t you be afraid of someone with sharp teeth who is larger than you running towards you? So you shouldn’t be surprised if you see a cat running away from your boxer when you take him out for a walk. Chances are the cat isn’t running just from boxer dog but from you as well.

So it’s understandable why cats would run off when they see a boxer dog nearby, but why do dogs chase after them? Well simply put, it’s because the cat is running away and dogs were bred to chase things down. Dogs will chase pretty much anything that is running away from them, and boxer dogs are no different. If a boxer sees a squirrel running away from him he will try to chase it down just as he would try to get the cat.

If you own a boxer yourself then you must have already realized that while playing with your boxer, if you start running your boxer will begin to chase you without you calling for him. So it’s not that boxers dislike cats it’s just that they were originally bred as hunting dogs, just as many dog breeds out there, and are instinctively inclined to chase down other animals that are running away.

Can Boxers and Cats Ever Get Along?

If you own a boxer already and plan on getting a cute kitten then things might be a bit tough at first. Unfortunately you can’t really predict how your boxer will react to the new household pet. Your boxer and the cat might hit it off good from the start or they might not like each other at all. The way the boxer dog was raised will have a lot to do with the boxers reaction.

If your boxer dog is still a puppy and the cat is still a kitten then chances of them becoming playmates are really high even without your help. The boxer will just accept the kitten as part of the pack and will get along with the kitten just fine. If your boxer is a puppy and your cat is a full grown adult cat then you might be a little carefully because the cat may get a bit defensive when the boxer puppy runs at him with full speed trying to play.

If your boxer is a full grown adult and you’re not sure how it will react to a new addition to the family then you must slowly introduce them to each other. Have a friend or a family member hold your boxer dog in place while you bring the cat into the room and watch their reactions.

Even if you know for a fact that your boxer dog will not attack the cat it’s still advised that you keep him on a leash because chances are your boxer will dash towards the cat scaring him. A cat that feels threatened will get his trusty claws out and defend itself so be careful.

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14 Responses to “Boxers and Cats Coexisting?”

  1. boxer lover says:

    I ABSOLUTELY love animals. When i was younger i loved cats and i had just got a new puppy. Shes a boxer i still have her to this day. I don’t know what i would do with out my puppy. She always got along great with my cats. She in a way mothered them. Boxers are great dogs. They do well with kids, cats, other dogs. Theres no way to go wrong with a boxer 🙂

    • Misty Berry says:

      I just got a adult boxer and have an adult cat. The cat was afraid of the boxer the minute it walked in the door, but didn’t run til my husband tried to hold the cat and the boxer decided to let the cat know my husband was his. Not biting but “mouthing” and growling. Now our poor cat who was here first is hiding in our bedroom and the boxer has free reign to the rest of the house. Don’t know what to do!!

  2. Cristina says:

    We got an 8 monthe old boxer and already have 3 cats. They are 12,7,and 3 they do not like the dog.But she is still getting adjusted. She loves our kids and is very lovable and affectionate. I love having her.

  3. jacque says:

    I was lucky enough to adopt a rescued 2 1/2 yr old boxer female. A few months later I rescued an 8 wk old male kitten, not at all sure they would get along. My boxer “took over”, she tried to nurse the kitten and generally raised him from then on. Including teaching him to drink out of the toilet !! The boxer has developed one “nudge” to tell me she needs to go out and a completely different “push” to tell me the cat wants in. The genders may have played a part in this friendship. But a lot is the owners attitude. Make sure everybody gets lots of love.

  4. Tata says:

    I have a 5 year old cat and moved in with my boyfriend who has a 3 year old boxer. Initially, my cat was very wary of him, but now, all the boxer wants is to play with him and he walks around the dog, rubbing his tail on him in the same way he’d do with our legs. I notice that the boxer makes a lot of noise and always leaves my cat very alert, but wouldn’t surprise me to get home one day and see the two sleeping on the dog’s pillow.

  5. louise says:

    i am wanting to get a boxer puppy.i already have two cats,4 and 9 yrs a bit worried about how will my cats be and have heard all stories about boxers.i don’t want to regret getting just trying to get all thr info i can.can anyone help please,

  6. Ken the Cat-Lover says:

    They are both so damn cute!!

  7. Howard Evans says:

    Three years ago this past Christmas, my wife and I lost Leo, our seven year old Black Lab to cancer. We were crushed: he was a truly lovable and loving guy.

    But we weren’t lonesome, owing largely to thirty years of being unable to say no to whatever stray or otherwise in need of a home cat or dog crossed our path. We still had Pluto, an eleven year old Rottweiler mix, Jake, a huge eight year old Black Lab, and Brody, a five year old Bassett Hound. We also had eight adult cats and six eighteen month old “kittens”, five because the last adult we took in turned out to have been two days pregnant, and the sixth being dropped off two years later and two years old in the dead end beside our house.

    Three months of only three dogs was all we could take. In March of 2009, we adopted a four month old, white, deaf Boxer we named Albus because my wife is a Harry Potter fan and Albus is Latin for white. He wasn’t all that much bigger than the cats when he came here and quickly became the seventh kitten.

    Since then, Pluto and two of the older cats have passed on, and we got newer kittens. There was a stray white cat in the neighborhood that we tried to catch for two years. We finally live-trapped her and her two litters of kittens, all red tigers, about six weeks after the second litter was born. Iris returned to the wild after eight months – spayed and vaccinated – to join the one older kitten we never caught. They both come to the “cathouse” in our front yard every day to eat. The other eight still live here; one let’s us touch her and a couple others are thinking about it. A few months into their residency, when they were still uneasy about even being seen, I came into the kitchen about 2 am. When I turned on the light, I saw five furry butts scurrying from it under the china closet or down the hall or up the stairs, and I realized that these weren’t kittens, they were seven pound fuzzy orange cockroaches.

    Everything they say about Boxers is true: they’re drooly, licky, silly dogs who still think they fit in laps at 65 pounds. They’re also incurably social. Male orange tigers are somewhat odd and females, which are rare, are whack jobs at best. Two of the six “kittens” and all eight of the cockroaches are red tigers, half of them female. Albus is best friends with Ellie – the six year old red tiger. Buzzy, the one fully assimilated cockroach, prefers Albus to her seven resident brothers and sisters. Most of the rest have to say hello to Albus whenever they see him. They all flee when Albus runs, but I think that’s a justifiable fear of being trampled.

    Waldo, the Maine Coon Cat who instantly adopted the five kittens the day after they were born in 2006, also adopted Albus, intermittently rubbing on him, bathing him and disciplining him with a smack in the butt. Albus responds to butt smacks with appropriate penitence even though he hasn’t the slightest idea what he did to get it.

    So, yes, Boxers can get along just fine with cats. In fact, given the camaraderie and the shared penchant for laps, I sometimes think we have a 65 pound, deaf, white cat.

  8. Kylsie Mick says:

    I have a Boxer girl who’s about seven years right now and she NEVER chases anything except for my other Boxer(2 years) and me and the family when we’re running outside. We can walk her all around town without a leash and she stays right next to you. I also think she might be more terrified of cats than they are of her. If she sees a cat, she’ll just back up a little and sit there, watching it. It’s the cutest thing ever!

  9. CM says:

    SUGGESTIONS PLEASE!!! – I need help acclimating my Boxer-mix with my cats.

    How can I keep our Boxer-mix from chasing the cats when he sees them? He doesn’t act like he’ll hurt them, just wants to play.

    We have 4 cats; an 11yo male (strictly indoors), a 2yo female, & 2 older kittens (9 mo old). We live on a huge property in the mountains where they have the run of the place. Last week, we adopted a male Boxer-mix from the shelter. They estimate him to be about 3yrs old. His history is unknown, since he was a stray, but its obvious he was owned & trained by somebody at some point.
    He loves to ride in the car & eagerly jumps in & settles into the front seat “ready to go.” He’s great with & loves playing with the kids, (8yo twins & a 10 yo), stays near the house, comes when we call, plays well with visiting family’s dogs, alerts us when someone drives up, & is pretty much the perfect dog… Except, the cats are now stuck in the trees!!!!
    I don’t expect them to be best friends, but I don’t want the cats living in the trees or running off to be eaten by coyotes either! I can’t even call the cats to come to me because he knows what it means, perks up & goes into “alert mode.” I also do NOT want 4 cats indoor cats using a litter box! (Pee yew!)

    I’m considering putting the cats in a carrier on the front porch with the dog, & then just reassuring & praising them, but I’m afraid that once the cats are out & start to run, the dog will still chase them.

    Cheryl M.

  10. Kim says:

    I am considering adopting an eight- month-old boxer pup from my neighbor. He has five of them and tells me that the others pick on this little girl. She seems very sweet, but I also have four smaller dogs and two cats. I want to acclimate them slowly to one another with daily visits to our house. We also have a six-year-old little girl whom I suspect the dog will love. She was very gentle with her today upon the first meeting.
    My big concern is the cats. Whereas they seem to run the house with our other dogs, I get concerned because the boxer is a medium-size girl. I don’t want any of our pets to feel frightened or pushed aside. We recently lost our Goldren Retrever is 10 years to cancer, and with this new dog being the runt and the low many on the totem pole with her parents and siblings, I feel bad for her. Any suggestions on a quick acclimation with both our smaller dogs as well as the two cats?

  11. Ryan Bardelang says:

    Have a 4 yr of male cat, just got a 3 yr old boxer/pit mix. I know boxers enjoy chasing things, the cat is warming up to the dog..but likes to chase the cat. I’m assuming normal behavior. Is saftey for my cat an issue?

  12. Dawn says:

    I have 3 rescue cats, 10, 8 and 6. I love all three of them but I want a Boxer. Any suggestions as to how to acclimate them.

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