Introducing New Dog to Cat

posted 1 year ago in Pets
Post # 2
3083 posts
Sugar bee

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legallybee :  


1. Introduce the cat to small rooms first (laundry room, bathroom) and let him wander around in there. Make sure to have things he is familiar with in there too. Then you can move to your bedroom and then open it up to the living area. My cat adjusted pretty quickly like 2 days lol 

2. This is going to be a little harder for you because you will have to train the dog at the same time. My dog LOVED the cat, but came on too strong and terrified him. What really worked for me was putting up a pet gate. They can see/hear/smell eachother without the threat. And i would put their food bowls closer and closer to the gate until they would both eat on opposite sides. Then the gates came up and i used cans of tuna to keep their interest on food rather than eachother. 

It took a while and this was a daily thing, but i did the same thing moving them closer and closer. Until one day they both ate out of my hand at the same time. Don’t feel bad if they have a tiff or one runs off scared. Just separate and try again later.  Now they are great friends and I have no concerns about leaving them alone together. 

3. Someone may have a better idea than mine? Next time he runs out scare the crap out of him with a loud clap or some pennies in a can. 

Post # 3
1227 posts
Bumble bee

I dont have comments on the first two, PP had good advice  

As for 3. You wont be able to discourage it. Try your best to be quick when going in and out. If he gets out, dont panic and run after him because it’ll scare him and he will run. I talk in my “cat voice” and calmly go towards them.

If he bolts out the door and keeps running…. I dont know. Try to lure him back with treats, I suppose. 

Post # 4
6414 posts
Bee Keeper

We have a bolter too.  What we do is actually just go ahead and lock the cat in our bedroom whenever we go out so there isn’t a worry about a bolting cat.

As for the dog and cat, I would wait until you’re in the new house for a good bit before actually introducing the two together.  Or getting one.

Post # 5
7866 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

If you are getting a rescue, look at organizations that utilize foster homes. Shelters/breeders can “cat test” but that is such a short interaction, it can still be risky. If you look at fosters that already live with cats, you have a much better chance that the dog is actually fine/indifferent to cats vs well he didnt pay attention to him for that 20 minutes we tested. 

Post # 6
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I second what PP said about the gates. We got these when we got our puppy last summer and put them up in the doorway to the master bedroom and the laundry room. Our cat is able to escape into our bedroom or the laundry room when she has had enough of the dog. We also keep her litter behind the gate so he can’t get into it. These have been a lifesaver for us.

Post # 7
5201 posts
Bee Keeper

If he’s not super timid that works in your favor. When I introduced my rescue cat to our dog, he scratched her nose and a 90lb doberman ended up on a rug in the office, quivering with fear. Make sure the cat has a place to go that is safe and dog free and keep them away from each other when you’re gone. I’ve gotten 4 cats to get used to our dog, it’s not a very difficult thing, it just requires patience. 

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