|08-20-2013 01:57 AM|
|OriginalWacky||My cats are all very dog savvy (having huskies and other high prey drive dogs around helped), but I never leave them alone where the cats do not have an obvious way to get completely away from the dogs (and each other if needed). In many cases I will also lock the dogs down when I'm gone, depending on the dog and so on. Twice we've had a husky get hold of a cat in a bad way, one my husband 'alpha rolled' just after and he figured out that cats were ours and to be loved and doted on them ever after, the other was pretty much attacked by all the cats at once coming to the one cat's aid and never messed with a cat again as long as we had him. Currently I do have to keep an eye on the dogs because they love playing with the cats, and being so much bigger, could accidentally hurt them, but I don't worry about trusting them together, as long as there is a place for the cats to get completely away.|
|08-17-2013 11:51 PM|
There ar so many threads on crate training eithre do a google search or search on here.
You'll know pretty quick once gs and cat meet if its a good fit. Watch and observe for now, then report back
|08-17-2013 10:45 PM|
|wyominggrandma||I brought Holly in as a puppy and Bigfoot, the 28 toed cat just pretty much ignored her and never had any real issues, Holly bugged him and Bigfoot swatted her..Now, Holly is almost 3 and they still just hang around inside the house, Bigfoot will climb on top of his cat tree if Holly wants to bug him too much, will sleep on the bed together or Holly will be on the couch and Bigfoot lays on the back of it.|
|08-17-2013 04:13 PM|
|Rogue's Mama||My cat just stays away from my dogs. She is older and just wants nothing to do with them. My 2 year old Chow/Shepherd mix will run after her only if she runs and then leave her alone and if my cat doesnt run then she just doesn't even pay her any mind. My GSD puppy is obsessed with her though. We have introduced them and they can lay on the bed together but only with supervision because my cat will knock them in their noses. I do not have to separate them because my cat just stays away from them. My mixed dog I know will never hurt her as they will lay on the couch and my cat is fine with her but my puppy I know I will have to be more careful about because she has a much higher prey drive than my other dog. Just watch them and try to introduce them and if things do not seem like they are going good then just keep them away from each other. Good luck!|
|08-17-2013 04:07 PM|
Kaimeju, Yes that is Hank! Thank you, I am so inlove already
Thank you everyone. I think I don't even want to try it. I couldn't imagine walking into my house seing something happened to my cat. I might have to try the baby gate for a while though (only when I am home) that way Mylo (my cat) has a safe place to go and Hank also won't be able to get to his food!! and see how that works and take it day by day. If anyone has any other tips for this new puppy owner on anything that is welcome! I've always wanted a gsd, but i have never raised a puppy before. My parents raised our last gsd mix. so im kind of clueless right now on what food is best, crate training is my biggest problem BUT We did teach him how to sit in less than 10 minutes
But if anyone has any information on crate training, I am listening. The crying at night makes me so sad.. but I don't give in.
|08-17-2013 03:46 PM|
|Saphire||I also did not have good interactiin between my last GSD and our cat. Cat moved....dog flew, it never ended and our cat did fight back. The movement was just to much for Floyd so we gated areas for the cat to escape to.|
|08-17-2013 03:33 PM|
I have to keep my Siamese kitty in a separate room. She is tiny and has no fear of the dogs, and they chase her like nobody's business. If she would just rip into one of the shepherds, they might tame it down a bit, but she just won't do it. She unfortunately encourages the bad behavior of the dogs. No hissing, no biting, no scratching. That's what I get for getting a cat that doesn't act like a cat!
So, if I'm not right there to supervise, the kitty goes in the bedroom. If she's out, the dogs go outside, or in a crate. I wish it was different, but I wouldn't trust those big ol' dogs with her for a second without me right there.
|08-17-2013 03:33 PM|
It kind of depends on the individual dog and cat, I think... I adopted my dog as an adult and we had some issues at first with the cat teasing her unfairly, which made her aggressive. So I think it is very important that each animal has their own safe space to retreat to so that they don't have to put up with each other all day long. Management will be your friend- if you can prevent accidents before they happen, everyone will be better off. It is also good for the cat to have an "escape route" in any room where they will be spending lots of time together- it can be a window ledge or a cat tree, preferably one positioned in such a way that the cat can then jump over a pet gate into her "safe" room. We use the laundry room as the cat's room.
I wouldn't let Hank and the cat be unsupervised together until he is older, but that's just my opinion not having seen how they interact. The reason is that if they hang out unsupervised, Hank is more likely to get into bad habits that will be hard to break as an adult (is that him in your avatar? MY goodness what a cutie!) As a puppy, he will be growing and exploring every day, and I would think that a cat would be a VERY tempting thing to "explore," if you get my drift. Since he will be raised with the cat, I doubt you will have any trouble with him as an adult unless he turns out to have weird genetic temperament problems. Even high prey drive dogs like huskies and border collies can learn to live safely with cats if they are raised from puppyhood with them. I've seen it many times! [Edit: This does not mean there is any guarantee he will be "cat safe." Animals are never 100% predictable, and if you do leave them alone you are of course taking a risk that something bad could happen.]
FWIW, my dog is now allowed to interact with our cat unsupervised, but only indoors and only during "down time," when she has had a lot of exercise and the cat is most likely going to be sleeping all day anyway. She has never tried to "attack" the cat. However, they are both drama queens and have had little harmless spats that looked much scarier than they actually were.
This article on multi-species households also has some good tips. Dogs and Cats Living Together - Whole Dog Journal Article
|08-17-2013 03:31 PM|
|08-17-2013 03:31 PM|
I got both of my cats as kittens after my dog was full grown. When they were kittens, they were left in a separate room when I couldn't supervise because they were so small, even a friendly play could hurt them. Then, when my first cat grew a bit, she had a room with a baby gate that only she could access. When the second cat came along, we lived in a house that strangely had a cat door from the kitchen to a sun room, so the cats could go in there if they felt bothered. I don't have anything like that now.
For basically their whole lives, my cats have been left home with my dog all day. All of them seem to just keep to themselves and sleep. Once my dog is used to a cat, he really doesn't acknowledge their existence.
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