Dog or Cat – I feel like a meanie!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
4510 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

i think your intentions are so humble, you should consider trying, at least, having the cat and dog together.  My SIL has two cats and a dog and they get a long just fine.  Maybe in the beginning you can try to keep the cats in a certain place of your house and the dog in another (while you are away of course) and when you are home try for them to interact and play together.  I think it can work out.  PS: my DH loves jacks too 🙂 they are adorable 🙂

Post # 5
3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

hahah I just saw your comment on the Jack and the cat… I have a jack/parson russel terrier that I adopted from the pound… and I’ll just say thank goodness we don’t have a cat. I brought her to my friends house once. She has a cat… and we had to definitely separate them because my dog just wanted to stalk and pounce on the cat!

ETA: We also had to make sure when I brought her to my parents house.. that the bird (african grey) wasn’t out of her cage/flying around.. because it happened once and I saw a little fire behind her eyes… she flew at that bird like it was dinner! Thankfully she didn’t get a hold of her and we kept the bird in the cage at ALL times, or only let her out when I had my dog up in a room/in her cage.


Post # 6
3778 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@karatechick27:  “I’m just afraid of the dog harming the cat because jacks are small game hunters. “

my exact fears when my dog is around other non dog animals…

I would adopt the pup… and since he’s old then you can get a cat after that. Or get the cat and don’t adopt the pup. Either way I would vote on either or. not both.

Post # 10
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@karatechick27:  Do you know for sure the Jack’s not good with cats, especially since he’s older? Our JRT would happily take on a rottweiler if it looked at her wrong, but she’s always been completely fine with cats, and greatly prefers them to dogs.

Post # 12
5533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

As a bleeding heart and dog person, I say save the dog now, get a cat when he is gone. He is going to be a hard placement and needs love!

Post # 13
2593 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Unless it’s a kill shelter and he’s out of time, no, I wouldn’t get him.  He’s a small dog, who is in good health (despite his older age), so it’s likely he will get adopted quickly.  Smaller dogs also tend to live longer, so you are likely committing yourself to several years of DH not being able to get a cat, and you made a promise to him.  

Plus, it says he likely would not be good with a child in the home…not sure if you plan on having kids or not, but if you are planning on having them in the not-too-distant future, it really wouldn’t be a good idea to adopt him now.

I am normally all for adoption, but considering your promise to your husband, I think if you’re on it should be looking for down-on-their luck CATS to save.

Post # 14
38 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

He’s an adorable little fellow who’s had a rough life, but he’s not a good match for your family if it means your husband won’t be able to have the cat he’s waited and planned for. Like a previous poster said, he is likely to live for several more years and doesn’t seem to be in danger of being put down. He’s small, cute, and well-behaved, so I’m sure he’ll find a family that will want to adopt him without reservations.

I think it’s wonderful that you’re considering a pet that’s harder to adopt out, but there are thousands of animals in similar situations that would love to join your home and won’t require your husband to keep waiting for the cat he wants so badly. If you really want a dog, look for both a cat and a dog that are in need of loving homes and can enjoy the company of the other species.

Post # 15
1286 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@chasesgirl:  Exactly what I was thinking. He is a senior dog with a rough history. Can you and DH agree to save him now, but when he passes to make your home a cat haven?

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