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I have an older, 6, cat who has been living here without any other animals. I am thinking of getting a puppy, but I am worried about how she will react. Will she run away? Will she ignore it? Is there any way to ease the situation? Sorry about all the questions, I want to ensure that my cat isn't put in any situation that will cause her great harm.
 

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If your cat has never been around any other animals, it's hard to tell what reaction you'll get until the time comes. But when it does, supervise the interaction and closely observe the cat’s body language. The first meeting should be held in a quiet room where your cat feels comfortable. I'd suggest putting the puppy inside a crate so your cat will not feel threatened or in danger. Introducing another animal to one already living in your household can take days, weeks, even months so have patience and don't rush things. :D Good luck!
 

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Yes, I agree with Lex. Make sure you pay EXTRA attention to your cat because she is going to feel threatened by a new animal. She needs to know that she is still number one in your house and your life!! (Which she always will be...because cats are way better than dogs, HAHA!!).

Good luck! And remember, patience is the way to go...

tanyuh
P.S. We want pictures!!!
 

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I suggest when introducing any pet into the home that you should try to get the cat into another room and let the pup get used to the place for several hours. Then you could let the kitty out and watch them closely. Let them hiss and spat at eachother but just make sure theres no biting or real fighting going on. Never force them to run into eachother. You will need to supervise them for the next few days until you feel comfortable that they are becoming friends or have gotten to the point where they accept eachother. Good luck to you and your new addition!
 

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I think it also depends on the puppy's character. Some breeds are known to be better than others around cats, such as the gundog types - Labradors, spaniels, etc, while more excitable energetic dogs like some terriers, are not.
 

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Thanks for the help, the advice will definately help me. When I get a chance I will put some pics up.

Thanks again,
Sherri
 
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