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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Cat and Puppy intro

I have given my 1 year old cat that I adore to my mom due to a divorce and she isnt properly taking care of him. I have plans to bring him back home, but I have a 10 week old German Shepherd puppy here!
The two have met at my mother's. The cat (Jimmy) has approached Ben, and has never hissed but has batted at Ben when he barked and bowed, trying to play. Jimmy's back was not arched and claws were not out.
I take this as a good sign.
But Im scared my cat will claw the puppy if he gets too rough. How do I make and keep the proper setting for Jimmy to not react in this way?
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Jimmy will be sleeping in my bed, while Ben in a crate. When I go to school, should I keep them in seperate rooms, or in the same with Ben being in a crate? Should I never allow them together, or should I always have Ben on a leash outside the crate? Approximently how long will it take for them to be safe alone?
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Here they are in a differant room, under furniture. As you can see, Ben got super excited.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 08:23 AM
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I would give the cat lots of space to get away if needed, we have a bedroom upstairs with a babygate across where the cat food and water is and also the basement is blocked off from the dogs so the cats can go down there as well. Cats normally only attack when they're feeling threatened so giving them safe areas helps, normally it's the dog that's the issue not the cat though of course there always are exceptions

It may be days or it may be months before you can fully trust them together, it really depends on the animals. If Ben is too interested and likes to chase the cat then keep him on a leash and work on a "leave it" command so he knows that chasing the cat is wrong.

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keep the pup crated when you can't watch him. an arched
back on the cat isn't a good sign but with time and guidance
they'll be fine together.
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