(Closed) Introducing new pets to overly sensitive furbabies. Disaster waiting to happen?

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have a dog who made herself sick when we were gone for a few days. I understand the whole pet anxiety issue.

As for the cat, did you get him from the shelter or rescue? Maybe he doesn’t want you to leave because he thinks you will never come back. Maybe it has happened it him before.

We introduced cats to our two big dogs a few years ago and we tried to keep it simple. Make sure the cat always has a place to run and hide or stay higher than the dog. The dog(s) should be exercised and played with before all first meetings to make sure the dog(s) won’t be trying to play with the cat.

Sometimes opposites attract and you will find a dog who will adore cats. Ours certainly love our cats. *Good Luck*

Post # 4
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Consider adopting a foster dog – I am pretty sure you could give it a day or two trial to see how the cat handles it.

Post # 5
424 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I agree with adopting a foster dog.  The agency we went through let us have a ‘trial period’ before we officially adopted our new dog.  We were given a week to bring her in and see how our other dog and cat adjusted before we had to decide.  There are plenty of fosters that have puppies as well, so you don’t necessarily have to adopt an adult dog.  I don’t know if every agency does this, but it would be worth asking about in your situation.  


Post # 6
6473 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@UpstateCait: I’ve been looking into this now – to get some ideas about bonding new pets to existing pets. Everything I’ve read has been encouraging the bonding to happen gradually – it might just mean it takes even longer to incorporate them into your home, since kitters is super sensitive.

Good luck with your decision!!

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