Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > General Forum for cats and dogs

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old August 10th, 2003, 07:50 PM
jay30 jay30 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Calgary
Posts: 1
Integrating cat with 2 dogs

I have recently moved to Calgary (with a 2-year old cat, which has been by itself since 8 weeks) to be with my fiancée (who has a 3- and 5-year old English Setter - father and daughter, together for several years now.

We are having difficulty knowing how to integrate them (in her/their house). We have tried to keep them apart
and introduce them slowly, but the cat inevitably runs away.....the dogs following behind - and today with
some 'grabbing' etc. by one of the dogs of the cat - perhaps following hunting instincts....and protecting his property.

Can you offer us any advice on how to integrate these three?

Thank you

Jim
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old August 10th, 2003, 08:01 PM
Lucky Rescue Lucky Rescue is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 10,287
What I do is put the cat in a room with all his stuff - litterbox, food, etc. and leave him there for about a week. Go and visit him often, and bring something the dogs have been lying on and let him lie on it, then let the dogs sniff it.

After a week, put a baby gate on the door of the cat's room - lifted high enough off the floor so that the cat can get under it, but not the dogs. Then let the cat come out on his own. Cats are much more confident and willing to come out if they know they have a "safe place." If you think your dogs might go over the gate or knock it down, put a couple hooks in the door and the frame and wire it so it opens only wide enough to admit the cat.

Keep your dogs leashed until you know their reaction and if they doesn't know the "leave it" command, I would teach it to them.
NEVER try and force the cat to meet the dogs, and NEVER let the dogs chase the cat!

I have a cat-submissive and friendly dog, but the cats I've introduced to her had never been near a dog, and one of them was an adult feral tomcat. This method always works for me!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 10.00%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:58 PM.