|Barked: Tue Jan 22, '13 3:06pm PST |
|Well I would suggest, and I always do to any new cat owner especially if they have other animals, when you bring home the cat/kitten to set them up in a bathroom with litter box/food/toys/etc for a few days. This way the cat can start getting used to it's new environment & people. Put Jack on a leash and introduce them in the bathroom (I would give the cat a day or two by itself first), this way you can see how the dog reacts to the cat & how the cat reacts to him. Remember that even if the dog might be comfortable with felines, the cat may not be with dogs. I would give the cat several opportunities to explore the house with the dog not around and Ophelia had a good idea of using a baby gate. Our terrier Josh is not the best with cats but we have been able to make it work with supervision and training (the "leave it" command comes in handy), we also make sure the cats have their own space where no dogs are allowed (in our case it is the basement).
I don't think gender matters when it comes to other species. There are pros and cons with getting an adult cat or kitten when you already have a dog. With adult cats they would be able to defend themselves more than a small kitten if they did get in a fight with a dog. However with an adult cat they might be more nervous & scared of an adult dog than a kitten would, and kittens usually do better in new situations than older cat. If you did get an adult I would make sure it has a background with dogs, maybe even look for one that was in a foster home with a dog.
I do think crating him when you aren't home, or putting up the cat, is the best thing. Supervision is your friend especially a new pet.
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