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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-26-2005, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
 
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New puppy , angry cat!

Well once again my son has begged me enough to get our family a golden retriever pup. Our cat ,Boss, has been bit hissy towards him but has now settled down and just stares at him from behind my bike ( they both usually lay there heads right beside the tire so they can see eachother through the wire.) Boss seems quite comfortable but now he doesnt seem to be to active just lays and stares sometimes pokes at the puppy. I was wondering if this would have any effect on his eating habits or would he be to nervous about going to the litter box then end up pooping on the floor.

thanks, Manny
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 01:15 AM
 
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It shouldn't.

Most cats just hiss and avoid the new animal until they are used to it or learn to love it. Their eating and potty behavior normally stays the same as before the new animal arrived.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 08:22 PM
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From what you said, it sounds like they'll be just fine. A nice healthy stand off is the first step to friendship. No ones being agressive and they should get on great. If your cat has a good history of using his box you're probably O.K. And if he's using his box and eating now it's unlikely that he'll suddenly stop. The initial shock is passed!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-28-2005, 01:56 PM
 
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Also too is that its a dog, not a cat that is the new animal. Your cat may be scared of the dog hurting him. But your puppy doesn't have the scent of another cat so therefore going to the washroom he knows that the little box is his and no one else's.

Maybe if you don't see the cat eating as regular as he does, try feeding the puppy in another room and leaving the cats dishes where they have always been!! Or put his food on top of an end table where the puppy can't get it!
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-28-2005, 06:33 PM
 
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I went through the same thing when I first got my puppy (also a golden!). That was almost 6 years ago now.
At first, the cats just stared at the puppy. She was still smaller than them, so they weren't threatened.
This is a good time to teach the dog not to chase the cats. Once the dog gets bigger than the cats, the cats might fear the dog and if the dog is chasing the cat at that point it'll be much harder.
Now, 6 years and a second dog later. One of my cats seems okay with the dogs. I wouldn't say she likes them, but she doesn't hate them either
She will actually rub up against them from time to time and the dogs don't keep her from coming to me when she wants attention.
My other cat HATES the dogs and won't be in the same room with them unless she can be up on something. She doesn't seem afraid of them, she just keeps hoping they're leaving soon
I think you can help the situation by teaching the dog how to treat the cat, but the personality of the cat has alot to do with how it will tolerate a dog.

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