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Old 08-21-2015, 01:01 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I am picking up my first puppy this weekend. Feeling slightly overwhelmed with everything I need to get for the little guy but I have one major concern. We have a 13 year old cat. We brought my parents Yorkie over (9 years old) and the cat hissed and puffed up every time Windsor went near him. I am home half of the week, but I am worried about the two being alone the other half of the week.

Any pointers on how to introduce the two to each other? Do I let the cat run away and come out when he is ready? I am not sure how to handle the situation.

Thanks! Feeling nervous.
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:39 PM   #2
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I would put some soft paws on the cat in case of the cat takes a swipe at pup.
They are soft plastic caps for the nails. I have them on my daughters cat because we have leather furniture that I like to keep claw free

I just trim the cat nails, put a few drops of the glue that comes with the soft paws into the little plastic claw case and slide over the extended nail. It sets up so quickly and lasts 2 months for us.

Also wrap your cat in a towel while doing this and lay that towel for the pup to smell and get used to the scent also do the same on the pup, wrap the pup to get the scent and put that towel/blanket in kitty's favorite place so kitty gets used to the scent.

This scent swap really helped introduce our little ones to new little ones each time.

Lastly, can you introduce physically on neutral ground where kitty doesn't feel like boss? Anywhere that kitty doesn't normally go like a garage or bathroom? We use our entry way where it is fenced off to the girls, they met there so no one felt like it was their own turf.

I hope this helps and someone else comes along with some ideas...
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Old 08-21-2015, 02:54 PM   #3
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I have had a cat along with my dogs all these years....my son's cat...but, when the cat we had back then, swiped at one of my dogs and caught her in the eyeball, cat was declawed....and for the next 12 years, twice a day, I put drops in my baby's eye because of the injury done by that cat's claws. I have never allowed another cat in the house without declawing it first.....his current cat, Stacie, is declawed and has always done just fine....of course, we do not allow our animals, even the cat, to run the neighborhoods....this cat has not been outside since she started looking at the backyard fence with wanderlust in her eyes....and she adapted well to the procedure.....she does not miss her claws anymore than she misses her uterus, and we are all (including HER) are much more content! I know there are people that fixate on a cat's claws and think it is a terrible thing to declaw them, but I dont believe it....any more than I think spaying/neutering, or docking my dog's tails, is abusive.
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We have his front claws removed. Maybe the back should be removed as well.
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Old 08-21-2015, 05:07 PM   #5
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It's been my experience that most vets won't declaw the back feet so that the cat has some defense if he/she should ever get out of the house. I have two senior cats ages 13 and 14 years old, and brought home a new puppy this past June. I let the cats have their usual full range of the house and use baby gates for the parts of the house the puppy is not allowed in. Each cat adjusted differently. One of the cats LOVES the puppy and the other one doesn't. The cats can jump onto the couch, bed, etc where the puppy can't chase them. I would supervise all interactions, but the puppy will need to be supervised when it's out of the crate/expen anyway. I will say that the cat that dislikes the puppy has become more herself and tolerant of the puppy. She went through a period of time when she just kept to herself. We had to make sure that she got the attention that she was used to. I do have an older dog who is 11 years old as well. So the cats have been around dogs for 11 years. That may have made a difference in their adjustment. The one cat that has had trouble adjusting to the puppy has never really liked the older dog either. She tolerates him.

You will love your puppy! I do. She is so fun! I had to adjust to dividing my time with each fur baby as well, but now we are all adjusted, happy, and into our routine.


Have fun with your new baby!
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Old 08-21-2015, 05:15 PM   #6
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]It's been my experience that most vets won't declaw the back feet so that the cat has some defense if he/she should ever get out of the house. [/B] I have two senior cats ages 13 and 14 years old, and brought home a new puppy this past June. I let the cats have their usual full range of the house and use baby gates for the parts of the house the puppy is not allowed in. Each cat adjusted differently. One of the cats LOVES the puppy and the other one doesn't. The cats can jump onto the couch, bed, etc where the puppy can't chase them. I would supervise all interactions, but the puppy will need to be supervised when it's out of the crate/expen anyway. I will say that the cat that dislikes the puppy has become more herself and tolerant of the puppy. She went through a period of time when she just kept to herself. We had to make sure that she got the attention that she was used to. I do have an older dog who is 11 years old as well. So the cats have been around dogs for 11 years. That may have made a difference in their adjustment. The one cat that has had trouble adjusting to the puppy has never really liked the older dog either. She tolerates him.

You will love your puppy! I do. She is so fun! I had to adjust to dividing my time with each fur baby as well, but now we are all adjusted, happy, and into our routine.


Have fun with your new baby!

But they cant attack your baby, swinging and swiping and putting eyes out, with back feet....if you DO have the cat declawed, do NOT let it go back outside since you have essentially rendered kitty defenseless.....you certainly can not do anything that puts kitty in a dangerous situation with no way to defend its self....but yet, it will be safe around your new little baby and your puppy wont loose its eyes, just trying to play!
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My Tigger was about 13 when Buddybear came to us. He was an orange tabby. Tigger seemed to know Buddybear was a baby and never got aggressive. They played together and occasionally groomed Buddybear. When we had to put Tigger down I'm sure Buddybear missed him as he mopped around for a few days.

My advice is to let the cat come and investigate the puppy on his own terms...supervised of course.
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Supervise, no unsupervised time until relationship is established and safe. put pup in laundry room or bathroom and/ crate when you are not there.
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We got our yorkie a year ago and have a cat the cat never tried to hurt her she did swipe at the puppy but more to protect himself from her lol . When you aren't home tho put the puppy in a crate to be on the safe side ,plus you don't want him to have free run of the house till he is house broken . We still crate our little girl when we aren't around just to make sure she is safe.
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My first question would be, is the cat friendly toward dogs? I have a cat that loves dogs! The puppies we got were smacked on the head by the cat upon meeting on her terms. The cat was loose and puppies were on leashes. The puppies were allowed to slowly approach the cat and she promptly smacked the bolder puppy on the top of the head (she is front declawed so I was not concerned about injury). The puppies respect her and come up to her slowly and she rubs against them and loves on them. This cat has loved every dog we have owned in the 9 years we have had her. When we brought home Teek I had no idea if he liked cats. He approached her very slowly and calmly and they have been buddies since day one.

I would not leave the cat alone with the puppy for the first couple months at least, until you know they are safe together. I would let the cat come to the puppy and make sure it can run away to a safe place if it is scared. Most cats will adjust to a puppy. Puppies in general will adjust to a cat because they are puppies. So, let the cat adjust on it's own terms.

My husband's big dog however does not like the cat even though the cat rubs against him and we have to watch him closely so he does not hurt her.
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My old cat (rip) never missed an opportunity to swipe at our previous dog. She could do some damage with her hind claws! They grew up together but mixed it up every chance they got. This was a much larger dog than a yorkie. So yes, supervision is critical.
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This is a real concern and quite frankly it depends upon the personality of the cat. I am somewhat divided on this issue. I do not agree with declawing cats - I do how-ever provide multiple scratching posts and the kitty is trained from kittyhood to use the posts.


How-ever there is a a danger with the claws - eyes would be my main concern. So what we have done and quite frankly always do is crate the young ones - leave our senior male out and the cat - who have had a very long term relationship if we leave the home and leave all pups n cat at home. At night all young dogs are crated and only Karma and our senior have free night roam.


We had multiple scratching posts with ledges so the cat could get out of the way of eager pups and young adults. Our cat was a Maine Coone - famous for their wonderfull personality - almost dog like - you can train a Maine Coone to walk on lead. He was the dominant personality in our pack and reared all of our pups - He used flat paws on puppies to correct inappropriate behaviour. If a young adolescent would get out of line only then would he swipe and he aimed pretty carefully.
Our Maine ruled my lap - when he wanted up - he expected any other dog to get out of his way. He went as he pleased into all the dog crates including our big male - and no dog challenged his place in *their crate*.


On a practical side - if you are litter training the cat - keep the litter box out of reach of the dogs. Dogs seem to love cat poop. Keep the cat food up and out of reach of the dogs.


I think that dogs n cats can co-reside peacefully - how-ever effort and caution on the owners part is indicated.
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