June 22nd, 2005, 02:03 PM
Hello, I've asked about our new kitten, now I'd like to talk about our 4 year old black lab female, Shade. Shade is very gentle, a bit clumsy maybe, and a fool over any person she meets, just a sweet, silly puppy yet. She had a bad experience with our daughter's grown cat when our daughter moved home for about 6 months. They were never friends, but developed and "uneasy relationship". We introduced Pita (our new kitten) gradually, keeping the kitten in a different part of our house, bringing her into Shades domain once in a while, letting her sniff him, always petting Shade when the cat was around, etc, and it seems to be working. Shade did one odd thing though....when we first allowed the kitten down on the floor in the dogs room, he started playing with one of the dogs rag toys...Immediately, Shade gathered up her big rag toy, took it to the farthest wall, dropped it, went to get her chew bone, took it to the rag and dropped it on top, then went to get her other bone toy and did the same, as if to safe-guard her possessions. I thought that was kind of neat, never saw her do anything like that before. Anyway, anyone have any advice about keeping the introduction going smoothly? Shade is from strong hunting stock, and I've heard that hunting dogs are the hardest to socialize with cats....so far so good though.