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Old 03-31-2014, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Introducing Puppies and Cats to each other...

Our boy comes home in one week!!

We have two cats, who are both used to dogs being around (they actually seem braver with dogs than they do other cats!). They tend to like to watch the dogs and walk past them or just ignore them....not sure how they will be with a young puppy jumping around wanting to play.

How is the best way to introduce them? I think our younger cat Pai-pai will be better, so was going to slowly introduce her first and then Chloe (our older girl) later on in the day

Is it best to have the pup crated when we introduce them, or would that make him feel too enclosed and vulnerable with the cats? Advice would be greatly appreciated on this

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Old 03-31-2014, 04:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Puppy or dog? In any case:
Leerburg | Introducing Dogs or Puppies into Homes with Cats
Introducing Shepherd to cats

In essence never allow the dog to chase the cat! Not one paw forward period!

Three dogs and up to 14 cats at once (cat rescue) for over 12 years and not a single cat/dog incident ever.
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Oops sorry forgot to put that he'll be 9 weeks old when he comes home

Thank you! I'll have a good read up on that x
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Oops sorry forgot to put that he'll be 9 weeks old when he comes home

Thank you! I'll have a good read up on that x
Aww much different! I'd still limit the chasing but if they are cat/dogs, that's much much different!
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Old 03-31-2014, 04:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Hehe

I've read it's good to use the crate so that the pup and cats can get used to each others presence without physical contact and then slowly get them closer and then closer outside the crate....also praising the pup when he turns away from the cat or ignores them.....do you think that sounds right?
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That's certainly not going to hurt. I never did it with my puppies but it makes sense. Or maybe tire the puppy out first you also don't what a cat slapping the crap out of the puppy!

As long as the cats sense the new arrival is not insane, all should go well.

The link has some good advice in it.

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New Dog, Very Challenging

I pretty much don't do dog parks don't do "I though my dog was friendly folks" my dogs don't have problems. You can ask other questions there or start a thread.
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For some reason that link won't work

Great idea of tiring pup out beforehand! I "think" my cats will be fine. I will just take things super slowly for them all
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For some reason that link won't work

Great idea of tiring pup out beforehand! I "think" my cats will be fine. I will just take things super slowly for them all
Hmm it worked for me?? But try here:
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No problem had the cat first, introduced the pup @ 10 weeks old, they're besties now
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Old 03-31-2014, 06:34 PM   #10 (permalink)
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SoCal Rebbel - Oh gosh, that's adorable! I hope to have that bond between my gang one day!

Can I ask how you introduced them? Would be good to hear of how you did it
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