Sounds like I'll be facing a potentially delicate situation before long, and am wondering how best to get my kitties through the ordeal. I don't want to go into too much detail, but here are the basics ...
My SO and I will have house guests staying with us for 2-3 nights while they're in town for an important occasion. The trick is that with these guests come their 3 dogs (4-lb, 6-lb, and 35-lb). These dogs don't have high chase drives and are, in general, very easily controlled by their owners (despite being spoiled rotten
), but they don't have extensive experience co-existing with cats so it's difficult to predict how they'll react to ours.
One of my cats, the male, lived with a terrier in my previous home. I wouldn't say he's 100% comfortable with dogs, but he's familiar with them and has lived more or less peacefully with them in the past. The second cat is female -- I've never seen her interact with dogs before, but she's not a skittish or fearful type. In general, though, I'm just a little concerned about just throwing strange dogs into my cats' territory for 3 days. Seems like inviting chaos. And potentially urine marking.
Before people start posting suggestions that I find an alternate arrangement for the guests... there is no alternative.
They won't kennel the dogs, they won't leave them with a dog-sitter, and there are no available dog-friendly hotels in our town that have vacant rooms on these dates. And it's a significant enough occasion that we absolutely want them present. So if we want the guests, we get the dogs ... package deal, end of story.
My goal is just to keep the animals separated. Our house is not huge, but can be partitioned, potentially with baby gates, such that there's discrete cat territory and dog territory. But I would love any other suggestions or advice on how to make this as peaceful a visit as possible, for all animals involved. Thanks in advance!