Asda Money t/a Asda Financial Services Limited

July 13, 2012 10:45 ET

Can Dogs and Cats Get Along?

Asda Money seeks to discover if dogs and cats can be four-legged friends

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 13, 2012) - Thanks to cartoon stereotypes and the age-old myth that cats and dogs cannot get along, a number of people believe that cats and dogs are sworn enemies.

The common misconception could be based on the principle that dogs typically like to chase things and if a cat is in sight, this could be the new object of their desire.

Despite this however, there are many households in the UK where there is both a dog and a cat. Figures show that 55% of pet owners have a dog, while 52% of households own a cat.*

It is possible for cats and dogs to live together and enjoy one another's company.

The trick is introducing the pets to each other in the right way. There are a number of things that owners can do to introduce cats and dogs to each other without having hairballs flying!

You should under no circumstances leave a dog and a cat alone when you first introduce them to one another. Both animals will naturally feel safe in their home environment, which they consider their territory. A new addition to the family such as another pet can be seen as a threat.

This can cause considerable distress for your cat. A good option when first looking to introduce a cat to a dog is to keep your cat in a separate room for a few days prior to introduction. This will give your cat time to acclimatise to the smells and sounds of a dog, and vice versa. Once both pets seem settled in their environment should you introduce them.

If done correctly, there is little reason why cats and dogs can't live closely with one another in a loving pet owning household. If you do have cats and dogs it may be beneficial to take out Asda Pet Insurance.

Notes for editors:

* Asda Insurance Research (Nov 2011) 55.23% dog owners, 52.66% cat owners 9.66% other pet owners.

About Asda Pet Insurance

  • Cat cover from £4.00* per month and dog cover from £8.00* per month
  • 3 levels of pet insurance cover - Value, Standard and Superior
  • Pay monthly at no extra cost†
  • Pays up to £6,000 towards vet's bills for accident or illness with Superior cover pet insurance#
  • Up to 20% online discount when insuring 2 or more pets~

*10% of customers who purchased Asda Pet Insurance between 1st January and 31st April 2012 paid this price or less. Prices include IPT, and may include online and/or multi-pet discounts.

~20% discount for insuring 2 or more pets consists of 10% online discount and up to 10% multi pet discount.

†0% APR. Available to those aged 18 and over.

#Up to the sum insured. For continuous treatment payments must be up-to-date and your policy renewed. Superior cover only.

Asda Money is a trading name of Asda Financial Services Limited. Asda Financial Services and Asda Stores Limited are introducer appointed representatives of BDML Connect Limited who arrange and administer the policy. This insurance is underwritten by QBE Insurance (Europe) No 1761561. Both BDML Connect Ltd and QBE Insurance (Europe) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.

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