(Closed) Bees that own both cats and dogs i need advice!!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

When we brought our puppy home, we let the cat sniff the puppy on his own terms. We didn’t hold the cat or anything. We just let him come over to the puppy when he was ready. The cat was actually terrified of the dog for quite a while. We crated during the day while we were at work (I came home at lunch break) for a while and had no problems with the cat while the puppy was crated. 

Now, 3 years later, they LOVE to play and chase each other. 

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

My husband & I have 3 cats & 1 dog. We had all three cats before adopting our dog so we went through the same thing.

We bought a dog gate & put it up at our hallway. Puppy stayed on the kitchen & living room side of the house & kitties on the hallway, bathroon & bedroom side of the house. Our cats could get through the gate, so they had the option to be on either side. So if puppy upset them/got on their nerves they would jump the gate. They could also sniff each other through the gate, which was a great way for them all to get to know one another, safely! πŸ™‚

Now the gate is not needed at all. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I second or third the crate training. We have three cats and two dogs and crate trained both our puppies. This not only makes them feel more secure and helps with potty training them, but also allows the cats to have the run of the house and have lots of time to get comfortable with the dogs being in their space. My super scardy cat who hides under the bed and doesn’t let others pet her is now very good friends with my GSD and will rub up against her. We got both our dogs as puppies (11 weeks and 11 months), they’re now 17 months and 21ish months, and both still sleep in their crates and are crated when we leave the house. The younger could be left out to her own devices, but the older one is a shredder and likes to eat things.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We have 3 dogs & 3 cats. Our dogs are under 20lbs each. Cats always need a way to escape from a dog, so gates & crates are a great idea. Ultimately, the dog will probably learn the cats’ limits quickly because once the dog gets a face full of claws s/he will develop new respect for the cats. They can get to be very good friends if you discipline the dog well. A large, untrained dog is not a pleasure to own anyway, so be sure to socialize and train the puppy from day one. Don’t allow the dog to harrass the cats at all. You’ll eventually learn what they’re play looks like and it shouldn’t be aggressive even if it looks crazy. You’re looking into a high energy breed mix so before and after work be sure the puppy gets plenty of exercise.  A tired dog is a good dog. Puppies are a lot like babies so be patient and kind. If you’ve never had a puppy before you may be surprised by how much work it is.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Keep them apart until for the first week or so but they should get comfortable if you force them together.  We had to do this but have a very moody black lab who does not like anything or anyone new in the house so we were very worried, there was some growling and hissing at first so we kept them apart but less then a month later they were sleeping on the same bed butt to butt lol.  I think she liked the cat faster then the puppy. But they are all friends now. Just be careful at first! Good luck!!!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Actually I disagree. The cats are at a really good age to accept the dog, especially if he’s a pup. Make sure they have a high place to run to (access to your closet or a shelf is fine if you don’t have a kitty condo). My only advice is to go to petfinder.com for a free pup that needs a good home. Save your money. And a dog! πŸ™‚

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Pokemon:  No worries. My other advice still stands. πŸ˜‰ 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

The good thing is that both of your cats are still really young. I introduced my cat to a puppy when the cat was about 1.5 years old. He didn’t love the puppy, but he didn’t hate him either. I think he was just fine having him around because he knew that the dog was smaller than him and so the cat could win a fight if need be. We had the dog for about a year before my sister moved and took the dog with her. My cat never grew to love the dog, but was fine being around it. We just let the cat sniff and explore on his own terms.

I plan to get a dog in the next six months, and I think I plan to own a million cats over my lifetime. (Hence jothecatlady). I’ve decided to get a dog before I get more cats, just because I’ve never met a dog that has an issue with a cat, but my cat (now 5) seems to have a hard time learning to love dogs.

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