How do you get a puppy and cat to at least tolerate each other?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Best advise I can give is just leave him be. It does take time especially for a 5 year old cat that’s never been around dogs. I have a 6 year old dog who’s been around cats most of her life. She loved to play and chase them lol. We got a kitten around the same time when our dog was a puppy. But we to find the cat a new home to due to allergies. I hope that your cat and puppy learn to get a long. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

It take so much tiiiiiime. My mom got a puppy three years ago and her cats still hate it. They don’t hiss at it everytime they see it anymore, so that’s a plus

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

You need to give them time… But you also need to give your kitty a “safe space” to get away from the puppy.  Baby gates are great for this because cats can jump them easily, it’s also good for puppy when you are housetraining.  Obviously scold the dog if he’s acting aggressive toward the cat, but don’t scold the cat, the kitty needs to know that he can defend himself if he needs to.

I have a large dog and two cats, the cats were only around small yorkie’s before this guy, we got him as a puppy but he was still bigger than the cats by then.  We just let them meet and let the cats do their own thing. One of the cats HATED him and barely came inside and it took 3 years for him to get over it. The other cat just accepted it and they are almost friends now.  That said, if the cats run the dog will chase them, he doesn’t hurt them when he catches them but it’s a game. I know the cats will smack the dog (they have claws) if he gets too rough (he’s 70lbs now) so I don’t worry about it.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

danakins16:  Time.  Time, time, time and more time.  And patience.  Then time again.  

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo

Lots and lots and lots of time. And boundaries for the puppy. Our dogs know “no kitty!” and when they were small we would squirt them with a spray bottle if they were bugging the cat. THey’re mostly just curious, but they scare cats and puppies are big and rough and tumble and can hurt the cat if they try to play with it like a dog.

FWIW we’re 4 1/2 months in with our puppy (she’s 8 months old) and I caught her play-pouncing at (not on) the cat and trying to get kitty to chase her last night. The 4 year old does the same. Sigh. The cat finally just started swatting the dogs in the face and chest if they’re bugging her. Unfortunately she’s front declawed (not our choice) so it doesn’t hurt them. They think it’s a game and try to “touch kitty” with their paws like she’s doing to them.

wandering_gypsy:  +1 especially re the safe space for the cat.

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

It will just take time. Also, it’s critical that the cat has a few spots up high where he can get away from the dog While still getting to remain in its space, the main part of the house. Cat tower, those are really really great for cats. Also places like tabletops and backs of chairs that are roomy enough for a nice perch.

do you have any reason to think the dog is violent? I really doubt it will viciously attack the cat unless there’s some reason. Especially being a puppy, it will probably just want to play but that will still freak the cat out.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

 

danakins16:  Animals always find a way to co exist…… I have had animals my whole life.  Some got along great and others simply learned to coexist.  I am a huge believer in the notion that the animals will come to some sort of understanding on their own terms….

 

lolot:  defintiely agree with creating high points for the cat… great point……

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Honestly I’d let them duke it out, while you’re standing there supervised. If the puppy is still fairly young he’s going to get a face full of claws and realize he can’t just go and attack. Obviously step in if the dog gets violent, but usually if they learn “whoa I get clawed when I attack” they learn the lesson and leave the cat alone

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

danakins16:  I think since you’re bringing the dog in as a puppy, you won’t have those issues – puppies are very fliexible with sharing their living space, cats are not.  Your puppy will probably want to play with the “weird looking dog”, and the cat will want nothing to do with it – I’m going through this right now.  He’ll probably get a few swipes with clawed kitty paw, but he’ll learn boundaries.

Completely agree with suggestions about baby gates (the kind with the doors in the middle are so easy to use!) and cat trees. It’s important for the cat to be able to get away and have some space where the dog can’t go, especially during the initial phases of the cat coming to terms with a new animal in their territory.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I second the baby gates to make a safe room for the cat. Are you crate training the puppy? Instead of your DH sleeping on the couch to keep watch on the dog, crate train it and put it in the kennel during bed time. This will keep the dog and cat safe, but also allow the cat to come sniff around and check out the dog without fear or worry of being jumped.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

danakins16:  I think all the ladies have given you great advice.. I just wanted to chime in and ask for a pic of your puppy!!! I love german shepherds especially puppies!!!

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