- 6 years ago
- Wedding: January 2012
Darling Husband and I have been talking for a while about getting a dog. It was put on hold for a while because we found a pregnant stray kitty, so we’ve been busy fostering her and her babies. However, now that the final kitten has been claimed and we have an inquiry about momma cat, we’ve started talking about a dog again. It won’t happen until we’re rid of all the foster cats, but that’s finally in the foreseeable future again.
We want to get a dog between about fifteen pounds to thirty-five pounds, and we have no problem whatsoever with getting a 100% purebred mutt. In fact, we would prefer it. We will almost certainly adopt our dog from a shelter. We know we want to find one that’s younger, certainly no older than two or three years. Younger would be better. In fact, we both REALLY want a puppy.
We’re a bit concerned about a puppy, though. Or any really energetic dog, really. You see, we have two older cats, ages eleven and twelve. They’re both in great shape for their age, and I have no doubt that they’re going to with us for several years to come. We’re a bit worried, though, about how they would react to a dog running around and getting into things.
Our older cat, Pippi, HATES the remaining kitten (she’s been claimed but won’t go to her forever home for another few weeks because that family is in the process of moving). Pippi will occasionally just run across the room and attack the kitten for no reason other than that she can. Both the kitten and the momma cat cower whenever they’re near Pippi. I don’t know why Pippi hates the kitten so much, but I’m sure it has something to do with all the kitten’s energy.
…I can only imagine how she would react to a puppy her size or larger.
We would make sure the cats have areas they can retreat to when necessary. We’re talking about putting in a child gate at the stairs so the cats have the upstairs to themselves when we’re not home, and we would find some other spaces for them, too. I still worry, though.
Do any of you have any thoughts on the situation? Have you ever successfully introduced a puppy or young dog into a home with older cats? Help me, please!
ETA: I know that territorialism has something to do with Pippi’s hatred, but I don’t think it’s just that because we have successfully fostered other cats before, and Pippi has never acted like this with the other adult cats. Both Darling Husband and I have had dogs before, but we’ve never had both dogs and cats living in such cramped quarters.