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How do I best introduce an 8 week old puppy to a 5 month old very lively kitten?

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Initial post: 14 Nov 2013 08:07:48 GMT
Dr. Jcf Peel says:
How do I best introduce an 8 week old puppy into our home to a very naughty 5 month old kitten. We do not want to put him into a cage over night. The kitchen is the only living space with a tiled floor where an accident won't matter. The kitten stays in there over night and it can go in and out of the cat flap freely. I hope that in a short while the two of them will have sorted out a pecking order and be sleeping cuddled up together. We are picking up the puppy this week-end and can stay with it in the kitchen/dining room for a couple of nights. Will they sort it out themselves?

Posted on 17 Nov 2013 04:21:28 GMT
W+e have always owned cats and dogs.When ever we have introduced a new puppy our cats have quickly asserted their authority by stabbing out at the puppies. No harm came to the puppies my advise is leave them to sort it out.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Nov 2013 12:03:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2013 12:44:25 GMT
Over many many years, I have introduced young kittens to mature dogs...young puppies to mature cats, and it is quite normal to expect 'friction'... The kitten/cat will ALWAYS send the dog away with it's tail between it's legs ( until the next time ) because it's a 'game', especially to a puppy ! Neither will come to any harm..that's what you need to remember, also, it's amusing to just watch the cleverness and interaction between the two! Don't get a week or two they will be keeping each other warm ! Promise. Your cat will probably hide for a while or 'fly' out of the cat-flap..but will soon be back hissing & spitting at the puppy..often perched up somewhere where it cannot be reached..thus tantalizing the to watch, and NOT cruel to either.. David x

Posted on 18 Nov 2013 03:12:04 GMT
c m flood says:
The bond between them with both being baby's will be excellent, as I introduced my dog and cat, as I bought both around the same week, so both were also new to the house, which means they were in every corner and crevice, around lol. the dog being around 5 moon old. And the kitten being a girl of almost equal size for few months and 5-6 weeks old, too. They will definitely have the dog get his nose scratched a lot and a lot of hissing and sometimes growling from the cat. As the puppy is simply being friendly as it doesn't know to h8 the cat but the kitten. Just needs a safe bolt hole, for when the puppy gets too frisky. My Cat passed away recently and I still have my dog at 13 yrs old , the cat lived very long and used to rub against the dog and lie with him sometimes in winter. Just let them be, but definitely make and introduce the kitten to a hidey hole were he can hide and the puppy cant get close, and their relationship after a few moon or until theyre 1ish, they will act like they belong together or at least the cat will know how to avoid the dog if it take's. Funnies with it lol. But well worth mix of pets and you are gonna love them and the relationship they have together too, kindest regards, Christopher.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2013 12:55:27 GMT
just let them be together we have two cats one aged 16 years the othere 8 years we got bichon frise she is nearly a year old the younger cat loves our dog to chase her the older cat faces up and does not move our puppy knows chase matty but not mitzy because she will hit back sometimes your puppy may get a scratch on the nose but she will learn try not to intervene unless it gets out of hand they will learn and it can be fun

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Nov 2013 16:45:19 GMT
man eater says:
the cats will show the puppy who is boss and then they will be best friends

Posted on 7 Dec 2013 13:40:22 GMT
Squib says:
Best thing for a 'pushy puppy' is a grumpy farm cat! As I mentioned elsewhere - dogs soon learn that cats have five very sharp and painful corners!
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