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Introducing a kitten to our dog.... help!

March 20th, 2005, 12:26 AM
Ok, well in a couple of months I am planning on getting a kitten, but I am unsure as to how my dog will react. He is only small (about 3kg), we think he is a terrier X or something. He was a stray. When my cat Spook was alive Bobby (the dog) used to sometimes growl at him and occasionally chased him. We always discouraged him and sprayed him with water but it wasn't really a problem because Spook was 6kg and much bigger than him.

How can we introduce him to the kitten and get them to live together without him going nuts? I'm sure many people have been through a similar thing, so please let me know how it worked out and I'd love any tips and hints you have...


March 20th, 2005, 06:29 AM
i'm having the same trouble with my dog right now, she has a very high prey drive! i just found this on the web and it looks somewhat helpful:

some of it you may want to ignore (like the use of muzzles and electric collars) but the info about prey drive and possessions may be useful.

biggest thing that every site says is introduce them very slowly! other than that i'm not going to give any advice since i'm having the same trouble myself, look forward to other people's advice though!

Lucky Rescue
March 20th, 2005, 08:45 AM
It sounds like your dog is aggressive and/or predatory towards cats, which is common in terrier breeds.

Kittens in particular are in danger from dogs like this, since their "mad dashes" and irratic behaviors stimulate the predatory instincts in dogs. One shake or bite from a dog can kill a kitten.

You may be able to teach your dog to leave the kitten alone in your presence, but never leave them alone together.

March 20th, 2005, 10:04 AM
I agree with LucyRescue. My since passed away mini Dachshunds - despite being of the Terrier breed, just happened to love "their" cats - in particular one cat who was very "dog like". But this is not always the case with Terrier breeds who were originally bred to corner and/or - and I hate to say it "kill" prey. I would be very careful since you have experienced difficulty in the past. Actually, in your situation - actually I am in your situation, I would not get the kitten. If you do, as Lucky has said, never leave them alone together, and keep very close watch when they are. Terriers can move mighty fast, and the cat can't always get away. Our cat is 14 years old and feels no one's pain but his own - he is 22 lbs. We now have an 11 1/2 month old American Eskimo who also is very sensitive to only his own pain - he weighs 19 lbs. He likes the cat, but plays too rough. I couldn't trust him with a kitten - actually many people with Eskimos have found that kitty was not happy after Eskie arrived. So a different situation re "prey", but I wouldn't trust my Eskimo with a kitten - and an adult cat wouldn't be happy with him. You might ask your vet for his/her opinion next time you are in - but the danger signs are already there, so a tough choice for you.