(Closed) Introducing a dog to my cats?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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mccabetobee:  I’ve only had my dog for a couple of months, and it wasn’t planned (she ran in front of our car and we couldn’t find any owners). We have 6 cats, and none of them like dogs, and they can all be a little pissy–even the friendliest one who LOVES people! We didn’t do any formal introductions. We gated off the kitchen and dining room, and the cats would go in there on their own and get pissed at the dog, and then we started letting her in the living room, and now she’s allowed in there during the day (but not at night). The cats come and go as they please. They’d probably like her more but she’s quite a bit bigger (50lbs) and she’s still a bit of a puppy and jumps around them trying to play and it scares them.

The only advice that I have is to make sure that the cats have a safe area to go that the dog can’t get them–especially if they’re scared or don’t like the dog. If they become buddies after awhile, then you could probably just let the dog and cats go wherever they want, but it’s been a key thing in our house for the cats to have the back area to relax and get away from the dog, and it seems to keep everyone happy. One cat is aggressive toward the dog and she won’t come out into the living room or kitchen unless our dog is outside, so it’s also pretty important that she has an area she feels safe.

Good luck bee!

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