> > I was wondering if anyone has any experiences with iguanas
> > and cats in the same household.
> > Linda
> Dear Linda -
> Questions like this are pretty common here. Can Iggy and Fluffy play
> together? Why doesn't Iggy like it when I dress him in doll clothes? I've
> been teaching Iggy to read for eight months now but he still can't
> pronounce his Ms correctly: is there something wrong?
> What everyone LOVES to forget is that being a pet is not a natural state
> for our big green bad boys. For that matter, it's not all that true for
> cats. There are very few cases of legitimate symbiosis in nature, and cats
> & iguanas ain't on the list. They will never *get along.* They will merely
> coexist until one gets territorial or the other gets hungry. Depending on
> the sizes involved, this will result in your iguana getting his ass
> Remember the law of the jungle: It's all fun and games until somebody
> loses an eye!
> Break it up,
> daveDear Herpers-
While Dave does have a VERY valid point, I think it is important to take
more than just cat Vs Ig into the equation, what are the sizes of the two
animals?? How long have you had each, has one been around longer than
the other (I.E. more likely to be territorial..)
This is not meant as a slam on Dave in any way, his point are all very
valid, its just another point of view.
I have a 3 Yr old 4' female Ig, she is fine with our cats (we have 7)
Most are afraid of her, though 3 tend to just follow her facinated at
this strange creature. While they never "play", they do get along. a
few times the cats tried to play, but Iggy puffed up and even slapped a
few that didn't take the hint. Now most are now either scared of her or
The most important thing is NEVER leave them alone together!! Once your
ig is OVER 2.5' you can give it a try, any smaller and it is just food to
If you want to test their relations get another person, ang get the Ig
into a position that offers security and an escape route, then slowly
introduce the cat. If either one get visibly hostile (Puffing up and
***ing tail, or hissing) pet them and try to sooth them, if that
fails, quit for the day and try again another time. NEVER try to
force them right next to each other, just get them to see each other
first. Most of all take your time, don't rush them.
We actually let our Ig sit on the couch behind us, and one by one the
cats came over to sniff and investigate, after that all was fine.
Hope that helps!