(Closed) My Cats + His Dog = Big Problem

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

How do you go about introducing them? We started out with them in seperate rooms and then switched the rooms they were in so they could sniff around and get used to the scent. After that we put the dog in a kennel and let the cat explore the room with the dog in the kennel at her own leisure. Luckily the dog tries to play with the cat on occasion but most of the time could care less about her and the cat has learned to tolerate (aka ignore) the dog. Also, even after they were used to each other we never let the dog upstairs without supervision so the cat always had a place to go when she wanted to be left alone. In our new house the dog can’t go down the basement stairs so the cat now has the basement to herself (this is where her litter box is).

Additionally, we foster dogs alot and in these cases the cat still has her basement space and we also keep the bedroom door cracked for her. The cat can get in and out at her own risk but the dog can’t get in. This gives the cat safe spaces on both floors so she doesn’t feel threatened.

Have you ever let the dog off the leash to see what happens? You might be suprised my cat is pretty ballsy and at times will taunt the foster dogs. We have had both big and small dogs. We had one dog with a very high prey drive. No matter what the cat is able to get away and since she has a safe space she knows exactly where to go when she feels threatened or has had enough. Most of the time the dogs will get bored with her and find something else to do once they realize they can’t catch her. Also, she can get really nasty when she has to she bats and hisses alot but rarely draws her claws. Only once has she actually scratched a dog and drew blood (he deserved it), she definitely got her point across.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am assuming you will be moving into Fiance house, thus you are bringing the cats over there? You might try bringing the dog to your place. Being in a new space can be pretty traumatic for a cat to begin with. Letting the cats get to know the dog on their own territory may help them.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Our cats and dog hated each other when they first met, but I have a little dog, so beyond her actually grabbing their throats, she couldn’t hurt them too much. They eventually started to get along better, but the first few days were horror. The dog would chase the cats around whenever she saw them, they were terrified and hid a lot. It was just a bad situation. I think the only way to really let them get used to each other is to let them get used to each other.

Hope it all works out. Let us know!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MsMonkey: My husband & I have three cats & one dog. We got our dog the day after Easter this year. 

One GREAT thing, we have a baby gate at our hallway. It stays open all of the time now. But when we first brought her home we kept it closed. She as in the dog had the living room & kitchen to roam in & our cats had the hallway & bedroom. Also our cats could get through the gate to the living room if they wanted. But also could get back through the baby gate to the bedroom if our dog started to aggravate them. After a week in a half things went back to normal. All of them get along now & roam freely throughout the house.

Here is our baby gate. It swings open like a door so there is no having to step over it. We just let our animals introduce them selves so nothing was forced & it was all natural.

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Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@MsMonkey: It works wonders! I also use it when we have company coming over. Our dog likes to jump on people, bark, ect. So when we know someone is coming over we put her behind it. ๐Ÿ™‚ So even though we don’t need it for the cats sake it stays put up & we get good use out of it. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I think it just takes time!  My friend went through this recently & it was about a month or so before things calmed down.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I don’t have any good advice as far as introducing them, but I bet if you cats have claws the dog won’t be able to seriously hurt them.  My friend has a pit-akita mix, who is very friendly to humans but really aggressive to cats.  And he is a BIG, thick-headed dog.  The strays in the neighborhood still taunt the dog, and he has gotten his fair share of scratches on his nose, but he has never killed any.  OP – Your gets may be pissed for a while, but I doubt their lives would be in actual danger.  Just make sure there are “safe” places for them to hide when needed.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2006

@meginstl: This.

 

Also, if it’s any consolation, it took about three weeks for my dog and cat to get comfortable enough to even been in the same room together but admittedly we weren’t concerned about either’s safety. I guess do what you can to make sure the dog doesn’t want to harm them (a cat is not a squirrel) and then let them figure it out. I am a firm believer that if neither pet is in any clear and present danger (and like I said, make certain of this first, as safely as you can!), they’ll work it out and establish their own boundaries.

 

Good luck and good for you for not giving up!!!

Post # 16
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Helper bee

We have a dog (approx 65 – 70 pound German Shepherd mix) and two cats.  We had both cats before we got the dog, and have had the dog for approx 16 months now.  The dog still chases the cats, and the cats still hate the dog.  However, as much as he chases them and tries to play with them, he’s also terrified of them because he’s gotten a few nasty swipes across his nose.  So, I second what PP said about your cats being fine if they have claws.  Cats can also escape to places where the dog can’t go, such as under the bed/dresser and up onto high things.  My dog also chases rabbits and squirrels outside (he’s actually caught a few rabbits in our backyard and brought them to the door as “gifts” – yay.), but when he chases the cats its different – he recognizes that they’re pets and not prey – he honestly appears like he just wants to play with them.

We also have a baby gate with a cat door blocking off access to our office, which is the cat’s “safe room” – their litter box and food bowls are in this room.  It’s important that the cats be able to use the litter box in a place where they won’t feel threatened or bothered by the dog, to prevent accidents elsewhere in the house.  

Good luck!  While our cats and dog still don’t get along like I imagined they would (I had grand dreams of them snuggling together in front of the window – lol!), our house has become much more peaceful than it was the first few months..  The cats have grudglingly accepted the dog and no longer actively attack him/ spend all day hissing and growling, and instead only hiss and swat when and if he runs towards them and startles them.

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