|09-12-2013 03:42 PM|
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I often hear that Kirkland kibble is the best bang per buck but I've never tried it.
Personally, I feed orijen but it does hurt my wallet a little
|09-12-2013 03:36 PM|
|09-12-2013 03:31 PM|
Just let the cat meet the dog on her terms, my cat naturally was curious and when she became scared she just went right over the baby gates...it will take time but I'm sure everything will be fine. (As long as your cat hasn't has a bad experience with a dog before)
|09-12-2013 02:50 PM|
|kristinloveschief||Awesome! Thanks guys! We have her litter box in a spare bedroom so it would be a good idea to put her food in there too and block off door with a gate with a cat entrance. We also have shelving up in our living room that's specifically for the cat so she can get up high and away from anything. Apparently though, our puppies dad is 6 feet tall when he jumps up and is 120 pounds according to our breeder and they said this puppy we're getting is the biggest puppy they've ever had and that he's going to be massive (which is what we want.. a big dog!) so I'm worried he'll eventually be able to jump gates and reach the cats shelves. We are going to spend a lot of time training him so hopefully we won't have those behavior problems. I'm just concerned of how to introduce them without traumatizing the cat...|
|09-12-2013 01:43 PM|
Maggie covered it,
I used a set of baby gates to block off almost half the house at first, then the gates were only blocking off a room..and then no gate.
|09-12-2013 11:53 AM|
Make sure you have lots of escape routes and safe places for the cat so they don't feel cornered. It's helps if the breeder had cats and the puppy was already exposed so seeing a cat won't be so exciting
Using baby gates around the house (which I do anyways with puppies) that the cat can either jump over or crawl under (with a young puppy the 'under' may be excessible) so they can have a break is important.
Just stepping in with calm 'leave it' and either stepping between the 2 (so the cat can escape) or picking the puppy up usually works. Sniffing and being around each other is ok. But inappropriate play that's too extreme is a bad habit that can get out of hand.
I've found letting the cat(s) figure it out and approach the puppy on their own terms is a good start. Since my puppy is ALWAYS in the same room I'm in, if the cat enters I will be there to monitor and step in if needed. Since my cats have their claws, they can deal with the situation to some extent and an 8 week old puppy can understand a swat on the nose...
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Managing food bowls is something to think of. If you free feed your cat, your puppy/dog will probably decide that's their food too and your cat will start to lose weight I feed the cats at the same times as the dogs either up high (on the washer/dryer?) on in a room on the other side of a gate and any food they leave means they weren't hungry. My cats DO eat slower though, so I make up their food, put it down for them, then make up the dogs food and feed them.
|09-12-2013 09:13 AM|
Advice needed on introducing a new puppy to a cat!
Hey all! I'm new here My husband and I are getting our first puppy which is a GSD in 8 days! We have a 1 1/2 yr old cat who's never been around a puppy or dog before. I'm a bit worried because the cat has a bit of an "attitude" to anyone other than my husband an I, but she may be totally different with a puppy. I'm just wanting some advice on how to introduce the two? Thanks!!