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Old 08-16-2005, 04:45 PM
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adding new dog to cat in family

Our 17 y.o. daughter bought herself a dog today for her b-day. He's a short stubby type of dog w/a nub of a tail. She got him at a shelter. The first thing our cat (Maine Coon) did was arch her back & hiss. Then she swatted at him and took off. he decided she was a play toy & took off chasing her. Now Tiger is held up in our bedroom (we had to move her from Beth's room where she was hold up at into ours so we could take something out of Beth's room & she was panting in there). She is very afraid of him & wants nothing to do w/him. He thinks she's a play toy. Any ideas? Oh, Beth said that he's about 18 moNths old but my older daughter (who lives out of state) said that her dog is about 9 months old & is just starting to lift his leg. Buster still squats so she said he can't be as old as the shelter said he was. Any ideas on that? Kathy
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Old 08-20-2005, 10:30 AM
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First of all squatting or lifting the leg has nothing to do with age we had a male who usually squatted.
We also had the same problem once the cat hated the dog even though she was rised with dogs.
We didn't force them on each other we let be .
About a month after geting the dog we went on vacation and expected to find the house a mess what we found was the cat and dog sleeping together on the couch.
Not all cats and dogs do this though, the cats we have now hiss at the dog we now have and she just walks past them.
So just give it some time.
And please have the Dog nutered
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Old 08-20-2005, 10:32 AM
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My dog is 7 (also a rescue) and still doesn't lift his leg. When we got him, they told us they thought he was about 1 year, but when we took him to the vet, they looked at his teeth and decided he was more likely 2 years old. So your vet might have a better idea.

Fortunately, my dog doesn't chase the cat, although the cat sometimes chases the dog. My cat has taken on the Alpha Male characteristics in our house. I think it only took him a few days to realize the dog wasn't going away and he'd better get used to it. So he took charge and bosses the dog around. Our dog is very docile, so he puts up with it, we're fortunate.

It was suggested to us that we socialize them over several days---introducing them to each other in confined spaces in the house (like a room) for limited periods of time and with you present the whole time in case one of them gets aggressive.

Good luck!
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Old 08-20-2005, 07:22 PM
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When we got our cat (Tigger) we had a 10 year old german shepherd (Bandit) who hated cats. But my neice was living with us and she wanted one and she would keep him upstairs and take full responsibility for him. That lasted 2 months tops. As the Tigger was only 7 weeks at the time Bandit was so gentle with him it was unbelieveable. It was only a couple days and Bandit would curl up on his pillow and Tigger would sleep right in the curl of his body. It was so adorable. Then after he passed on about 6 months later we got another german shepherd from the shelter 2 year old Buddy; Tigger was 4 years old then. For the first month / month and half Tigger would have nothing to do with Buddy. We would have to put Buddy in the bedroom for Tigger to come downstairs so he could go outside. And put Buddy again in the bedroom to come in. Slowly slowly slowly Tigger started to get used to Buddy now they will play together. The cat can get away from the dog whenever he wants - behind the couch, under the kitchen barstools or back upstairs. They are now brothers Tigger will come up to the dog and headbutt him -the way he does to us to say hello.
My sister has 3 older cats and brought home a german shepherd puppy, she had about the same experience only her oldest female cat still will have nothing to do with the dog but the other 2 tolerate the dog.
Hope your experience goes well - Good Luck
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Old 08-20-2005, 08:49 PM
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We have 2 dogs and 5 cats (and 2 birds and a rabbit) and believe it or not, they all get along! Sort of...
Luna is a german shepherd lab and she is still a pup. She sometimes chases cats but we let her know this is not acceptable. We keep a spray bottle of water handy when she forgets. Most of the cats tolerate the dogs. One of them has decided she will hiss everytime Luna comes near but Luna stays out of her way.
Give it time...anytime you introduce a new animal, it takes time and patience. Be sure you give your long term cat lots of love and attention and I am sure they will get used to each other.
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Old 08-21-2005, 03:11 AM
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I rescued a couple of cats from shelters six months apart and with cats and/or dogs they suggest keeping them in separate rooms for a few days and then supervised visits with you present,which a couple of the other posters have mentioned.

You didn't say how old you cat is but if she is older and you've had her a long time, it may take longer or they may never get along since cats and dogs are natural enemies unless they have been raised together. The reactions you described are pretty normal. Even if the dog is small he may look huge to your cat. If supervised visits don't work then you could let each of them smell a blanket or other object that the other has used so they get used to each other's smell because that is how animals identify things. You could also keep the dog in one room or outside for a short time so the cat could be in other parts of the house and then let them take turns being in the rest of the house so they would get equal time.
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