Post # 1
Darling Husband and I are considering getting a puppy. The only problem is, we have a VERY dominant cat who is weirdly obsessed with us. He’s so crazy that when we went away for our Honeymoon, he somehow developed pancreatitis and was throwing up constantly. Prior to that, he was the picture of good health, even at 20 lbs. He’s very sensitive to the point where we can’t even take him to the groomer anymore because he stresses himself out and starts foaming at the mouth. Thankfully our vet is only a minute away so we’re able to get him there but we can’t travel much further with him. Because of his personality, I’m worried about how bringing a dog into the mix will affect him. I could never get a dog, give it a try and if it didn’t work out, find the pup a new home. When we get a puppy, he’ll/she’ll be a part of our family forever.
Does anyone have experience with introducing new pets to overly sensitive furbabies?
Post # 3
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
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
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
- 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!!