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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-16-2005, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
 
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Introducing Puppy to 6 year old Cat?

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I haven't posted in a while, it has been a busy few months. I am wondering if anyone here knows the best way to introduce a puppy to our 6 year old cat, China. We are picking up the puppy on Sunday and China has never been around a dog before. We got a small dog who will only grow to about 14 pounds. Any tips from anyone?
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Well, when Bear was a puppy I just let her loose with the cats. She obviously was well supervised, simply because she was puppy!
As a puppy, she was smaller than the cats (she's now 60lbs!), so the cats weren't afraid of her. They didn't like her, but they weren't afraid of her and I wasn't afraid of her hurting the cats either.
For the most part she was just curious, and the cats just didn't like the new intruder! The only thing I stressed was she was NOT allowed to chase the cats.
Don't allow behavior from a puppy that you don't want the DOG to do.

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This article may be of help to you. Good luck
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That's a good article. Puppy might get a smack on the nose, despite your caution. That's a hard lesson, but there's not usually a lack of respect for kitty paws after that!




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Hi Chris!! Nice to see you back!

So you got the puppy your son wanted! That's great. I don't have any advice about the intro. I can tell you from experience you should hide all your shoes and socks -- the puppies we had growing up always chewed them.

Can't wait to hear all the details.

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So you got the puppy your son wanted! That's great. I don't have any advice about the intro. I can tell you from experience you should hide all your shoes and socks -- the puppies we had growing up always chewed them.

When Bear was a puppy, after she ate my couch, my carpet, and even a hole in the wall (she had to be confined to a small room after surgery during her "teething" phase"-but I was NOT supposed to keep her in a crate) I decided the reason puppies are so dang cute is purely a self defense mechanism!
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You know it! Puppies and kittens know the score. They act cute on purpose! Nothing is sacred, and nothing is safe, not even your toes!




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Ooo I'm good at answering to these kinds of things because of another forum I go to...

*Find cat
*Put puppy on leash
* start by slowly moving foreward to your cat
*Come to a stop
*Puppy will strain, but pet him/her and hold him/her back firmly
*The cat will probably walk away
*do this everyday for about 5 days
*Cat and dog will probably get along if they ever come in contact with eachother!

(this might work, it might not)
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