(Closed) Fostering dog… kittens hate her… suggestions?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had some of the same issues with my cat, when I first brought my dog home. I would give the cats some more time. My cat hated my dog, and had some of the same behaviours as your cats, but after a few weeks it settled out. I made sure the cat got attention when they were separate, and completely ignored him when he was freaking out over the dog. 

As for the driving, I would use car harnesses, and seatbelt the dogs in the car so they can’t get near each other (either one front, one back, or on opposite ends of the back seat).

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The cats will get over it. Give them time with the dog. Cats are usually more territorial and they are making it known to the dog – once the pecking order is established, all should be ok.  They will either become friends or they will happily ignore each other.  If the cat continues to hate the dog, trust me, the dog (unless a cat killer) will avoid the cat.  My cat ignores the dog for the most part, but the dog still avoids her like the plague.

When in the car, it sounds like you may have to crate them. Piddles might have had a bad experience in the car.  Do you take the dogs everywhere?  Even to the grocery store?  Why can’t they be left at home?  You can get some baby gates and fence off any no-no areas if you are worried about something. 

Pets are pets and will get used to one another (for the most part – some situations don’t work out). If your dogs generally get along, you should be able to leave them at home together just fine.  The cats will get over it. If they haven’t attacked her, they probably won’t…they’ll get used to her in time.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

I agree with PP, cats will get used to the dog. My cats HATED and were TERRIFIED of my FH’s dog when they first met him. Now it’s not uncommon for them to snuggle on the couch together.

They’re all just adjusting to a new situation, give them some time.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

It sounds like you’ve got things under control, but it’s going to be rough for a while.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

The kittens will be fine eventually. It took ours a while to get used to the dog, but after about a week they were fine and after about 2-3 weeks they were playing like best friends. They still fight even 8 months later, but I just chalk that up to being the classic cat/dog relationship. I usually let them play hard because our kitten is the same way as Conner in that he swats at the dog all the time. Over time that swatting turned into taunting and now its pretty hilarious to see them go at it. The cat will bite our dog in the face and go after his tail and the dog will nip back at the cat. They have never seriously hurt each other though so I let them have their fun. If the dog gets too rough I just yell “Gentle!” and he settles down a bit. I think it’s always best to let animals work out their own dynamic as long as they are not hurting each other or too dominate other one another.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Aw, what a sweet face! Maybe try the Feliway or extra catnip to calm the kitties? I hope they all settle down soon!

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I would treat it sort of as if you were introducing another kitty to them. Cats are just super sensitive to change, and just get stressed so easily. Feliway is a great idea if you don’t already have it. Make sure there’s a room or some safe place in the house for the cats to get away to, somewhere you can put food/water/litterbox where they don’t have to be around Piddles at all..she can’t get in but they can come and go, if possible. Keep a blanket with her for a few days and then move it into that cat area so they get used to her scent and “her” being everywhere. Just don’t force anything, and give it time. It can easily take even a few weeks for them to be even less edgy having her around. Sounds like you are doing pretty well already! Good luck 🙂

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@canthugallcats: Oh my gosh at that face. I could never have that dog because I would literally never be able to tell him no.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I would crate the dogs in the car, or at the very least crate piddles.  She is probably getting snappy because she’s afraid and uncomfortable in the car.  Crating in the car, (or using the safety harnesses) with make her feel more secure, will keep the dogs seperate, and is safer for all three of you since they ARE seperate, they are secured in case of an accident, and you are focused on driving instead of what the dogs are doing.

Like everyone else said, the kittens will get over it.  Praise them for any positive interest in the dog.  I would interefere too much with them slapping at her UNLESS you think she will react aggressively in retaliation.

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