It’s a question that many people ask particularly those who are thinking about getting a snake as a pet. And it’s a valid question – after all cats and snakes are two very different animals. But the answer is yes cats and snakes can get along – provided that you take the necessary precautions.
Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering getting a snake as a pet and you already have a cat:
1. Choose The Right Snake.
Not all snakes are created equal. Some snakes are more docile than others and are less likely to strike out at a cat. If you’re concerned about your cat’s safety it’s best to choose a snake that is known to be gentle.
2. Keep The Snake Away From Your Cat’s Food.
One of the main reasons that snakes and cats don’t get along is because snakes are attracted to cat food. If you have a snake as a pet it’s important to keep its enclosure away from your cat’s food bowl.
3. Get A Snake That Is The Appropriate Size.
Another consideration when choosing a snake is its size. It’s important to get a snake that is the appropriate size for its enclosure. A snake that is too big for its enclosure is more likely to strike out at anything that comes near it – including your cat.
4. Give Your Cat Time To Adjust.
If you already have a cat and you’re thinking about getting a snake it’s important to give your cat time to adjust. It’s best to introduce the two animals slowly over a period of days or weeks. Let your cat sniff and explore the snake’s enclosure while the snake is in it. And if possible let your cat see the snake eat.
5. Supervise Interactions Between Your Cat And Snake.
It’s important to supervise any interactions between your cat and snake. Even the most docile snake can strike out if it feels threatened. And of course you don’t want your cat to get hurt.
By following these tips you can help ensure that your cat and snake will get along.