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Shenanigans
Mar 25th, 2006, 10:51 PM
I have a cat who is big and fat but really nice he is mainly an indoor cat but me and my partner have seen a puppy King charles spaniel that we really want to take.
Any advice for how we introduce the cat to the dog, my partners mum's dog has stayed with us and the cat didn't seem to mind so much in fact he was pretty easy going but obviously the cat stayed in her bedroom and not ours so any advice would be helpful.

drake3781
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:00 AM
I have a cat who is big and fat but really nice he is mainly an indoor cat but me and my partner have seen a puppy King charles spaniel that we really want to take.
Any advice for how we introduce the cat to the dog, my partners mum's dog has stayed with us and the cat didn't seem to mind so much in fact he was pretty easy going but obviously the cat stayed in her bedroom and not ours so any advice would be helpful.

Well, your vet and people who have done it before with cat and dog can tell you best, but I've done it with two animals of the same type (ferrets).

The one who has lived there before has top priority; this will be your cat. That's because your cat cannot be expected to adapt to the change in her territory as much, and this will all be new for the dog so adapting to what's easiest for the cat will be just as easy for the dog as anything else.

So your new dog should start out confined first to one room - this can be "his room" and the cat doesn't go in this one room only - this is the only change of territory for the cat.

The dog is allowed supervised in the other rooms for some periods of time with your cat there, and you watching, maybe for 30 minutes twice a day. Of course take the dog out on walks and to run outside too.

After the cat gets used to this (about a week?) then extend the dog's time in the cat's territory a bit - maybe two one-hour periods. But the dog should always go back to "his room" most of the time so the cat can enjoy things " they way they were" for most of the time. Let them get used to this.

Gradually increase it, always keeping in mind that the cat is number one and dog is number two and handle any incidents with that priority in mind.

Reuchlin
Mar 26th, 2006, 01:29 AM
I have a cat who is big and fat but really nice he is mainly an indoor cat but me and my partner have seen a puppy King charles spaniel that we really want to take.
Any advice for how we introduce the cat to the dog, my partners mum's dog has stayed with us and the cat didn't seem to mind so much in fact he was pretty easy going but obviously the cat stayed in her bedroom and not ours so any advice would be helpful.

good luck!

Shenanigans
Mar 26th, 2006, 07:59 AM
Well, your vet and people who have done it before with cat and dog can tell you best, but I've done it with two animals of the same type (ferrets).

The one who has lived there before has top priority; this will be your cat. That's because your cat cannot be expected to adapt to the change in her territory as much, and this will all be new for the dog so adapting to what's easiest for the cat will be just as easy for the dog as anything else.

So your new dog should start out confined first to one room - this can be "his room" and the cat doesn't go in this one room only - this is the only change of territory for the cat.

The dog is allowed supervised in the other rooms for some periods of time with your cat there, and you watching, maybe for 30 minutes twice a day. Of course take the dog out on walks and to run outside too.

After the cat gets used to this (about a week?) then extend the dog's time in the cat's territory a bit - maybe two one-hour periods. But the dog should always go back to "his room" most of the time so the cat can enjoy things " they way they were" for most of the time. Let them get used to this.

Gradually increase it, always keeping in mind that the cat is number one and dog is number two and handle any incidents with that priority in mind.

Thanks for the advice. :)

drake3781
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:36 AM
Thanks for the advice. :)

OK one more thing, make sure the cat gets a lot of attention throughout the entire adjustment period... including when you are alone wth the cat (dog is in "his room") and also when the dog is out with everyone... this way the cat can know that she can feel comfortable and loved even when the "other one" is there.

Also you might want to see if the cat will walk outside on a harness/leash. Most won't but if she will then you can walk cat and dog together. My friend does it with hers.

pla
Mar 26th, 2006, 08:52 AM
Keep in mind that the cat is a teritorial aimal and the dog is social. Make the "meeting" somewhere not very close to the place the cat rests, eats or makes it's .. things ;). Those places are very important for a cat and it can get frustrated if it believes someone's threatening it's teritory.

Otherwise everything should be ok.

Oh and one real advise- take some light-food for your cat, being fat is killing the animal.

PamShriverRockz
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:00 AM
I have a cat who is big and fat but really nice he is mainly an indoor cat but me and my partner have seen a puppy King charles spaniel that we really want to take.
Any advice for how we introduce the cat to the dog, my partners mum's dog has stayed with us and the cat didn't seem to mind so much in fact he was pretty easy going but obviously the cat stayed in her bedroom and not ours so any advice would be helpful.

Good luck! And don't forget to post some pics of your lovely puppy :)

Shenanigans
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:03 AM
OK one more thing, make sure the cat gets a lot of attention throughout the entire adjustment period... including when you are alone wth the cat (dog is in "his room") and also when the dog is out with everyone... this way the cat can know that she can feel comfortable and loved even when the "other one" is there.

Also you might want to see if the cat will walk outside on a harness/leash. Most won't but if she will then you can walk cat and dog together. My friend does it with hers.

Thanks I will make sure he gets plenty of love but I don't think he will walk with a lead, he was an indoor cat but I have moved to house where he can go out if he wants and leave a window open for him but he prefers to stay at the window rather than go outside.

Shenanigans
Mar 26th, 2006, 09:20 AM
Keep in mind that the cat is a teritorial aimal and the dog is social. Make the "meeting" somewhere not very close to the place the cat rests, eats or makes it's .. things ;). Those places are very important for a cat and it can get frustrated if it believes someone's threatening it's teritory.

Otherwise everything should be ok.

Oh and one real advise- take some light-food for your cat, being fat is killing the animal.

I will do, thanks, Oh the cat is fat but his weight seems to be controlled now, I have put back on normal food now after getting over priced dry food from the vet that made him unhappy, drink too much water and resulted in a urine infection.
I just control a bit more how much food I give him but he is alot happier with that than eating the dry food.

pla
Mar 26th, 2006, 11:05 AM
I will do, thanks, Oh the cat is fat but his weight seems to be controlled now, I have put back on normal food now after getting over priced dry food from the vet that made him unhappy, drink too much water and resulted in a urine infection.
I just control a bit more how much food I give him but he is alot happier with that than eating the dry food.

Yeah, if an animal is not used to ea tdry food (des granules) it's better to not force it. Especially if it's a male cat- they tend to make infections because they stock "sand". You can try to buy canned food, it's much better. So you make a little mix with the normal food and it will be perfect. The light-food has less callories while the quantity is the same, this gives the "I am not hungy anymore" feeling to the cat, which is good.

I am talking about this because the meeting between the puppy and the cat will be OK unless you don't force them ;). So the most important thing is the cat's health for the moment.

Aww I envy you a little bit the sweet moments you're gonna live soon :D (envy in the good sense of the word of course :wavey: )