The domestic cat is a long-standing companion furry friend in American households. However, it wasn’t until the 1990s that the Bearded Dragon (or Beardie) was introduced as a companion throughout homes.
Today, the popularity of the Beardie pet continues its rapid rise. This small lizard has become more than just an exotic pet. It’s not surprising, therefore, that the bearded Dragon and the domestic cat will cross paths and be introduced. This brings us to the question, “Can cats and bearded drakes be friends?”
We will discuss the differences and commonalities of your pets and how to bring them together.
Commonalities between the Bearded Cat and the Cat
They are both friendly
The bearded dragon is one of the friendliest reptiles. They are known to be friendly and not show aggression. This makes them an excellent beginner reptile. They are calm and easy-going.
The cat is extremely friendly towards their owners. There may be an ulterior motive for the cat’s food lust.
Both companions can be friendly if they are socialized and raised properly.
Both can be affectionate
They can form close bonds with their owners. Some bearded Dragons will even respond positively to being picked up, and will happily engage with cuddling situations. Your neck and chest are the most preferred spots. This helps animals keep warm as they are cold-blooded.
The domestic cat is known to be friendly and will often take up residence wherever and whenever they please. You can find them at your side, in bed with you, or on your lap.
These pets can be affectionate when they have been trusted and formed a bond with their owners.
Both can tolerate other animals
The bearded dragon is described as a calm animal. They are known to get along with other animals in the house.
The cat is more aggressive than placid. They may be hostile towards new friends. They learn to be more open to new friends. For example, a puppy who is excited and new to the household can be taught to show tolerance. Although the cat may not like the puppy who is drooling, they eventually learn to accept and tolerate them.
Differences between the Bearded Cat and the Cat
Because they are different species, their social cues might differ.
Domestic cats are not verbal, but they use social cues in order to find new animals. For example, they may sniff the head and/or rear areas of a new animal.
The bearded Dragon isn’t verbal either. To socialize, bearded dragons often use body language. For example, they may wave their arms rapidly as a friendly “hi!” – the feline may take this rapid movement as a sign to play so it’s important to be careful.
Prey vs. Predator
The domestic cat may at first see the bearded Dragon as a new and unique prey. Their small size is why this happens. Some cats have a greater prey drive or play than others.
The cat has strong predator instincts. These instincts can’t be eradicated completely, but they can be controlled.
The bearded Dragon is not known for being intimidated by larger animals, such as dogs or cats.
Different Habitat Requirements
The cat doesn’t require specialized requirements in the household.
Bearded dragons require all the things reptiles need, including heat, UV light, and humidity. A tank with all these essentials is necessary for a small reptile.
Your bearded dragon may find refuge in your habitat preferences. Their habitat provides them with the essentials of life and also allows them to be alone away from other pets.
So, can they be friends?
Yes, we believe the bearded Dragon is able to make friends with the domestic cat. However, they should meet and greet each other in advance and not be left to their fate.
These steps will help you to make introductions.
Step 1: Locate a reputable breeder
When purchasing a bearded dragon, make sure you find a responsible and reputable breeder. A good breeder will make sure that your bearded Dragon is properly cared for. Abused animals can be fearful or aggressive.
Step 2 – Ensure that you have control over both animals simultaneously
This job is best done as a two-person operation. One person will be responsible for the Beardie, the other the cat. Be wary of your animal’s behaviors and social cues around one another. Watch out for aggression in interactions. You can quickly react to any instinctual or aggressive behavior by keeping an eye on your animals.
Step 3: Be patient
Introduce and meet slowly so that they can get to know each other. It takes time. Both your bearded dragon and cat require time to figure out if the other is a “friend” or “foe”. Make sure they feel comfortable together and learn to be friends. Allow your pets to sniff out and investigate each other. All pets require adjustment periods.
Step 4: Supervise them together
Even if you feel comfortable with your bearded Dragon and your cat, we recommend that you keep them both supervised at all times. It is possible for the unexpected to occur at any time, so it is better not to be sorry.
The two of them may be best friends if they are socialized and introduced properly at an early age. It is not uncommon for a cat and a bearded dragon to play, cuddle, and even play together. Remember, every animal’s personality and temperament differs!