Post # 1
I have a 5 year old shih tzu who is use to being an only child LOL Recently FI and I were thinking of getting cat (well really him Im not too fond of cats I think they are sneaky LOL) anyhow Im a little nervous about how the dog will react to having another pet around. He is very playful but can get aggressive if another dog doesnt play with him (aggressive meaning if we are at the dog park and he wants to play with a dog thats just sitting there he will bark at the dog I guess asking why he doesnt want to play I dont know but its nothing serious) Anyhow my concern is that my dog will start barking constantly (hes typically very quiet) so I was wondering what would be a good way to introduce the new cat to my dog? Im wondering will they play together and be friends? My shih tzu is about 11 lbs so hes not a big monster dog who will try and hunt the cat (I read that online somewhere)
Post # 3
Slowly as possible. Introduce them while you both are present. Make sure that your dog knows that you still love them. They are like kids. They can get jealous. If your dog keeps showing signs of agression, return or adopt out the cat. It wont get any better and your dog comes first.
Post # 4
I actually did this backwards and got a dog after I had cats. We put the cats in their room and shut the door and then let the dog sniff from the other side. After we did that a little while, we put the cats in their crates so they would feel safe and let the dog sniff them there. Then we did that backwards, and put the dog in the crate lol. So, the moral of the story is. Introduce them slowly, and allow ample time for sniffing. They probably won’t be super happy to see one another at first but eventually they will make friends. 🙂
Post # 5
I did it the same way .. my dog was 6 and we got a new kitten .. the key is SLOWLY , I put the kitten in one room with the door closed so they could get used to the smell of one another through the door (it is better off for a kitten not to be overwhelmed so having them in one room for a while is recommended . Then i put something with each of their scent on it and swapped it so they could smell one another , then i had the door cracked open just a little bit with a gate so they could see one another (maybe an inch or so) and then slowly separated with only a gate for limited amount of time..increased the time…ect…
It was a long process (about 3 weeks-ish) but worked out well , and you dont want to risk getting them off on the wrong foot ! good luck !!
**also positive reinforcement works too ! treats when they are looking at one another and behaving well
**also my dog is a minpin /small dog as well but it is still important to be careful
Post # 6
We just got a kitten and already have a 2 year old cat who is used to being alone! They didn’t seem to get along when we just let them roam free together so we looked online and decided to put Alice (baby) in her own room. Henry (older) gets used to her scent that way, and when we’re home, we let them out together in the master bedroom for 15-20 minutes 1-2 times a day. It’s work intensive, but they are getting along pretty well right now!