Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: San Ramon Costa Rica
Acclimating dog to kitten & vice versa
Hello All! I currently have an elderly French Bulldog, who keeps mostly to himself on his pillow in the living room. Then I have my gorgeous wonderful fantastic female sable GSD at 17 months old along with my sweet quirky adorable Chinese Crested Dog at 18 months. The shepherd and crestie play well together, and I have been impressed with how the shepherd doesn't care if the crestie comes and takes a bite from her food bowl while she is eating! Also, they play tug together, and it is impressive how my shepherd tones the power way down to play with the little guy - otherwise, he would go flying! After Easter, I will be getting a rescued kitten, just weaned from mama. I wanted a very young one so it could acclimate to the dogs. I will of course provide the kitten with a litter box and food/water in a room gated off from the dogs. Also, there are several places the kitten could jump up to in order to escape the rambunctious dogs if need be. My question: what would be the most beneficial way to acclimate Them? Should I hold the kitten safe on my lap and let the dogs sniff her? And perhaps place her safe in a small crate in the middle of the room? Lastly, what is the best method for teaching the shepherd right off the bat that she will NOT chase the Cat? I do have a short drag leash that might be helpful. Thanks everyone! I will allow the kitten to sleep in bed with us and the crestie. My shepherd sleeps in her crate right next to me. She would sleep in bed with me, too, except there is not room!