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03-06-2014 08:13 AM
dpc134
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Originally Posted by llombardo View Post
I do apologize for assuming that she is an indoor cat. This is where I leave this thread because I don't think cats should be outdoors at all. I think that the laws for them should be as strict as a dog at large, fines and all. Good Luck with your new pup!!
Why do you think cats should not be outdoors?
03-06-2014 07:38 AM
llombardo
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Originally Posted by scottkeen View Post
Kilia the cat is an indoor/outdoor cat as long as I've had her, 5 years. She has had unrestricted access to the outdoors through 2 pet doors in the house. She has stayed on my property and I continue to feed her every day outside. She's always in good spirits and looking healthy when I see her outside in the early mornings and evenings. She was never a strictly indoor cat.
I do apologize for assuming that she is an indoor cat. This is where I leave this thread because I don't think cats should be outdoors at all. I think that the laws for them should be as strict as a dog at large, fines and all. Good Luck with your new pup!!
03-06-2014 04:19 AM
scottkeen
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Originally Posted by BowWowMeow View Post
Kudos to you for keeping your cat safe. It sounds like the arrangement is working out just fine for your dog.

You really cannot be too careful--there are several people on this board whose dogs have killed their cats.
Even if the dog and cat end up as best friends, I can't totally trust the dog unsupervised because he's exhibited that high prey drive.

The arrangement is not ideal, but it seems to be working OK for now. The cat has some safe time to come home, and the dog gets 16 hours of active social time with me every day then sleeps comfortably in his crate in the garage.
03-06-2014 04:10 AM
scottkeen
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How is the cat safe now that it's living outside? There are lots of dangers outside and the cat has been an indoor cat up until two weeks ago. The cat isn't any safer outside. It's not a good arrangement for the cat.
Kilia the cat is an indoor/outdoor cat as long as I've had her, 5 years. She has had unrestricted access to the outdoors through 2 pet doors in the house. She has stayed on my property and I continue to feed her every day outside. She's always in good spirits and looking healthy when I see her outside in the early mornings and evenings. She was never a strictly indoor cat.
03-06-2014 02:56 AM
llombardo
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Originally Posted by BowWowMeow View Post
Kudos to you for keeping your cat safe. It sounds like the arrangement is working out just fine for your dog.
How is the cat safe now that it's living outside? There are lots of dangers outside and the cat has been an indoor cat up until two weeks ago. The cat isn't any safer outside. It's not a good arrangement for the cat.
03-06-2014 02:50 AM
llombardo I think the cat coming and going is problem number one. The dog will never get used to the cat that way. What if a stray cat or another critter pays a visit? I hate big bulky crates but sometimes we have to deal with them for a while. It can take a while for them to get used to each other and it may never happen. I have several cats and one of them just doesn't like my male GSD which causes him to react. It won't ever change between those two and they have learned to avoid each other most of the time. Are you planning on keeping the dog crated forever whether he needs to be or not?
03-06-2014 02:49 AM
BowWowMeow Kudos to you for keeping your cat safe. It sounds like the arrangement is working out just fine for your dog.

My cats come first in my house because a dog could easily kill them. Rafi does fine with my two young cats but I have had fosters and one dog of my own who were not cat friendly. In those cases I kept the foster or my own dog crated or closed in a room about half of the time and spent that time with my cat.

You really cannot be too careful--there are several people on this board whose dogs have killed their cats.
03-05-2014 09:34 PM
SiegersMom I also think getting the cat to not be scared and run helps as much as anything. Once my cats lost their fear and/or interest in the dog they were less fun. They do not run from him so that helps. some cats will always have more fear of dogs than others. Give it lots of time. They should be better once they get to know one another.
03-05-2014 09:27 PM
Chip18 On the cat thing go here,

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...herd-cats.html

no point in repeating.

The garage thing it's your dog no opinion here. But for me I like my dogs by me, if I'm in the house they are by my side, when I go to sleep they are by my side. I got my dogs to be with me.

If I wanted an animal to sleep "outside" I'd get a horse. Is that an opinion or a statement?
03-05-2014 08:52 PM
ksotto333
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Originally Posted by Lilie View Post
Ok, I take it back. I'll just sleep on your porch!!!
Move over Lilie, I'm coming with you...
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