Cats with a new Dog - I need Help!

United States
January 28, 2007 11:08am CST
We just got a new puppy (6 months old) and I have 2 cats (male-4 years old). Since we got the dog - the cats hide out upstairs. Thor (one of the cats) has been coming down the past 3 days and laying up 'high' where the dog can't get to her. They are still sleeping upstairs and I rarely see them. How long does it usually take for cats to warm up to the dog? I don't want to 'throw' them at the dog and make them be friends, I'm letting them warm up to her on their own time. Any information would help! How have you gone about it? Thanks in advance.
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@ebfh2006 (176)
• United States
28 Jan 07
You are doing the right thing by letting warm up on their own. I once had a vet tell me that it can take up to a month. Be patient. They may all become the best of friends.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Thanks so much. The puppy wants to play and is aggressive with them - they don't like that so much! Hopefully in time they will. Thanks for the support.
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@Calais (10900)
• Australia
28 Jan 07
Going through the same thing at the moment, but my pups is only 6 weeks, the cats are curious but keep their distance. I am just letting them work themselves out, its only been 3 days, and they can be in the same rrom, but at a distance, I'm thinking it should only take about a week.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
praising both critters is a good thing. however, also correcting the dog when it chases or tries to antagonize the cats is very important. you have to remember that you had the cats first. they are very emotional and may resent you or the dog if you allow it to pester them too much or you show more attention to the dog. be extra sweet to the kitties for a while, make sure they know you still love them. my cat was so mad at me when i brought the first dog in, but with a little time and some extra attention they learned to co-exist. good luck!
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@sharone74 (4839)
• United States
28 Jan 07
There is no other way than to let them work things out and seek their own level. They may think that the dog is not there to stay yet. They also may feel jealous and resent the fact that you felt the need for another pet. However a puppy in the domain of established adult male cats is not usually the best idea. The puppy is vivacious and probably likes to play and the cats are neither into nor used to all that puppieish exuberance. They will eventually figure out that the dog is not leaving and the dog will then learn respect for cat boundaries, paws, and of course claws. Then the warming shall then begin.
• United States
28 Jan 07
I think it's getting to that point. She has had a few encounters with the boys - who just hiss a little, and then the paw comes out for a smack. I think a few more encounters and things should settle. Thanks for your advice!
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• Singapore
28 Jan 07
It takes time. When i first got my dog, the cats were not so pleased but got used to the fact this furball was here to stay. Its only natural for the cats to stay high as they know the dog cant get to them. Till today, 1 of my cats spends the whole day in my room. She hates the dog so much that she would rather stay in the room and only come out to pee or poop and to eat. She is the lazy one of the bunch. The rest just stay away...and occasionally put the dog in her place when she tries to be funny with them
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Perfect....I'm feeling better with the advice! Good luck!
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@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
28 Jan 07
You are doing the right thing. Throwing them together would just make it worse. Let the cats come down on their own and get used to the dog. The dog will get used to them as well during this time. Eventually they will work it out. I've had numerous cats and dogs and most will. Even right now we have a cat that doesn't like the dog but that doesn't stop the cat from going where it pleases, he just ignores the dog till she gets in his face then he'll hiss. Just give them time. Give them praise when they do allow the other to be in the area. Tell them good kitty or good doggie, what have you. That might help.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
Thank you!! I haven't done the praises yet but if it helps then I will. Thanks Again!
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28 Jan 07
hi hun do not worrie i have 4 cats and when the dog arrived they also did the same thing, it take time about amounth ur pets will get along with them all so try not to worrie they will all be best friend, just make fuss with all ur pets
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• United States
28 Jan 07
How long have you had the dog? Is the dog trying to hurt the cats? If the cats are just hiding, then they're fine. Just give them time and leave them alone lol. When we brought our cat home (we had the dog first) the cat was a afraid of the dog for awhile. Now they clean eachother and cuddle. Theyre best friends.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
well we just did the same thing you have to give the cats some time before they get used to it try to bring all their researches around where the dog will be ike water and food and kitty litter to force them to go there
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@shooie (4989)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Dogs and Cats - They can and will play. Just takes time
It took about a month for ours to get use to the puppies and now they all play. She'll even come up to them and try to get them to chase her. It's to funny. They have a ton of fun now.
@pclife (246)
• Malaysia
29 Jan 07
They will be friends...but you must start them by bringing them always together...it may take a little time.ALways..
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
29 Jan 07
They may never come around to the dog. But you never know give them their space and see how things will work out. That is one of the reasons I never got a dog, I have three cats and they are like my childred to me because I dont have kid. So If I were to bring a dog in my house it would upset things around here way to much.Good Luck with your new puppy.
@sigma77 (5385)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I have two cats and added a puppy about 3 months ago. So far, the puppy rules the roost. The house is divided with a gate and the cats stay one one side and the dog mostly on the other. They are not friends, but do chase each other around sometimes. Sometimes they are almost next to each other and nothing happens. That is until the cats feel threatened. The dog has now grown up to be twice the size of the larger cat. She is very playful and the cats don't understand it. They are always defending themselves. They have to come into "dog" territory to go to the litter box and for food. I keep it in the laundry room. So, the cats have to kind of sneak in to get to the room. Sometimes, there is no problem, but at other times, both cats are at it with the dog. The smaller cat is the braver of the two. I don't know if they will ever get to be true friends. It might take several weeks for your cats to accept the invasion of their space. That is what I think it boils down to. The battle for territory. I think I would let the cats do their thing and see if they eventually come out of hiding. It is new emotional territory and kind of stressful for the cats. The dog might not even care about the cats. But the cats were there first and their sanctuary has been invaded. I don't think I would force them to share the same space. They might just work it out for themselves.
@tamaco_uk (481)
• Cyprus
29 Jan 07
I crew up having both dogs and cats in our house. The strange thing is that they used to play among them!!
• United States
29 Jan 07
it usually takes 1-2 month to cat to warm up to the dog.you can bring your cat to the dog while the dog sleep...
@suny1946 (275)
• China
29 Jan 07
can I help you?
• United States
29 Jan 07
I have noticed that when bringing a dog around a house cat, that the cat becomes jealous. Cats like to think they get all the attention but then theres a dog around. Make sure your cats get the attention they think they deserve. They sometimes hide out for a long time if they are depressed or feel they are being punished. But your doing the right thing letting them take their time making friends with the dog. Keep it up! and Welcome to mylot. :)
• United States
29 Jan 07
You have to get rid of one of things
• United States
29 Jan 07
It really depend whether they match or not to decide if you want to put them up together. Most of the time dogs and cats don't, though. You made a good choice but in a way, it really depend in how nice the dog is. This reminded me of a cat I used to have... she chased dog xD
• India
29 Jan 07
i am very much afraid of dogs and not for cats,i dont have any idea.