Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

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Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by Neil La » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00



About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old tabby,
we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after the
death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA since the
daughter had developed an allergy.

Well, the cat has developed a real attachment to me, much more so than my wife.
When I talk to her she roles around. She's forever trying to get my attention
and wants to play. When I watch TV she likes to sleep on my lap, for hours on
end. Every morning after my shower we play fetch with a twist tie. She always
comes to greet me at the door when I get home. Always wants to be around us.

My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black lab. We've
been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year. And
it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).

Given there is so match attachment between the cat and I, I've been wondering if
bringing the dog in is just a recipe for disaster. My wife is not used to dogs
so I figure I'll be the primary care taker for the dog when it arrives.

The cat was declawed by the previous owners so that's not a problem. We plan on
crate training the dog, and it'll spend time alone in the crate, at least until
it's house trained. So, I shouldn't have to worry too much about the two of them
tearing up the place.

I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a chance of
being able to smooth things over between the two of them.

I'd appreciate any thoughts constructive thoughts you may have.
Tx,
Neil Law
Waterloo, On, Canada

 
 
 

Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by Shea Kelle » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00


Neil,

 Most dogs do fine if raised with cats/ We have 2 cats who absolutely adore the dogs
and two of the dogs think it's their goal in life to give the cats their daily
baths.

Shea

Quote:

> About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old tabby,
> we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after the
> death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA since the
> daughter had developed an allergy.

> Well, the cat has developed a real attachment to me, much more so than my wife.
> When I talk to her she roles around. She's forever trying to get my attention
> and wants to play. When I watch TV she likes to sleep on my lap, for hours on
> end. Every morning after my shower we play fetch with a twist tie. She always
> comes to greet me at the door when I get home. Always wants to be around us.

> My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black lab. We've
> been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
> decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year. And
> it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).

> Given there is so match attachment between the cat and I, I've been wondering if
> bringing the dog in is just a recipe for disaster. My wife is not used to dogs
> so I figure I'll be the primary care taker for the dog when it arrives.

> The cat was declawed by the previous owners so that's not a problem. We plan on
> crate training the dog, and it'll spend time alone in the crate, at least until
> it's house trained. So, I shouldn't have to worry too much about the two of them
> tearing up the place.

> I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a chance of
> being able to smooth things over between the two of them.

> I'd appreciate any thoughts constructive thoughts you may have.
> Tx,
> Neil Law
> Waterloo, On, Canada

 
 
 

Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by phyl » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00


I have 2 cats and 2 dogs. The cats ruled our home first (they were 9 and 12 when we
got dog #1). The cats handled the dog in different ways. They had a long adjustment
period while the puppy was crated. Once we stopped using the crate, a pecking order
was established, the little stripey girl cat remains at the top of the ladder. The
gray cat can be fun to chase, but he will also occasionally rub up against dog # 1
when he's in the mood. But, my dogs are medium sized (in the 40 lb range), I don't
know how differently cats respond to dog size. Also, don't expect any immediate
miracles. We are going on 3 years with in a dog/cat household & some breakthroughs
started just this year. Your cat sounds like it has enough doggie like traits to
allow it to associate well with the dog. Just remember to continue to give the cat
her regular attention & she should eventually adjust. You will have to teach the dog
from day 1 what is not cat-appropriate behavior. A dog is definitely a lifestyle
change, so I'd think more about that than whether your cat will adjust.
Quote:

> About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old tabby,
> we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after the
> death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA since the
> daughter had developed an allergy.

> Well, the cat has developed a real attachment to me, much more so than my wife.
> When I talk to her she roles around. She's forever trying to get my attention
> and wants to play. When I watch TV she likes to sleep on my lap, for hours on
> end. Every morning after my shower we play fetch with a twist tie. She always
> comes to greet me at the door when I get home. Always wants to be around us.

> My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black lab. We've
> been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
> decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year. And
> it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).

> Given there is so match attachment between the cat and I, I've been wondering if
> bringing the dog in is just a recipe for disaster. My wife is not used to dogs
> so I figure I'll be the primary care taker for the dog when it arrives.

> The cat was declawed by the previous owners so that's not a problem. We plan on
> crate training the dog, and it'll spend time alone in the crate, at least until
> it's house trained. So, I shouldn't have to worry too much about the two of them
> tearing up the place.

> I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a chance of
> being able to smooth things over between the two of them.

> I'd appreciate any thoughts constructive thoughts you may have.
> Tx,
> Neil Law
> Waterloo, On, Canada

 
 
 

Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by Nancy Holmes or Nelson Ruffi » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00


In addition to all the other things you should look for in your choice of
breeder add in has cats that interact with the pups <G> a pup that starts
out knowing cat manners right from the litter might suit you best
Nancy

Quote:
> About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old
tabby,
> we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after
the
> death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA since
the
> daughter had developed an allergy.

> Well, the cat has developed a real attachment to me, much more so than my
wife.
> When I talk to her she roles around. She's forever trying to get my
attention
> and wants to play. When I watch TV she likes to sleep on my lap, for hours
on
> end. Every morning after my shower we play fetch with a twist tie. She
always
> comes to greet me at the door when I get home. Always wants to be around
us.

> My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black lab.
We've
> been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
> decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year.
And
> it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).

> Given there is so match attachment between the cat and I, I've been
wondering if
> bringing the dog in is just a recipe for disaster. My wife is not used to
dogs
> so I figure I'll be the primary care taker for the dog when it arrives.

> The cat was declawed by the previous owners so that's not a problem. We
plan on
> crate training the dog, and it'll spend time alone in the crate, at least
until
> it's house trained. So, I shouldn't have to worry too much about the two
of them
> tearing up the place.

> I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a
chance of
> being able to smooth things over between the two of them.

> I'd appreciate any thoughts constructive thoughts you may have.
> Tx,
> Neil Law
> Waterloo, On, Canada

 
 
 

Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by T.. » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00


On Tue, 15 Aug 2000 08:37:22 -0400 Neil Law <> whittled these words:

Quote:
> About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old tabby,
> we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after the
> death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA since the
> daughter had developed an allergy.

<snip>

Quote:
> My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black lab. We've
> been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
> decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year. And
> it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).
<snip>
> I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a chance of
> being able to smooth things over between the two of them.

With proper introduction and good breed selection (labrador retriever is
fine) the cat and dog should be able to live together just fine.  
e.g. http://www.dog-play.com/kittens.html Oso's Kittens
http://www.dog-play.com/gif/t&kit5.jpg  Tsuki and Dusty
http://www.dog-play.com/gif/tan&yod5.jpg Tanith and Yoda

For introduction tips see
http://www.dog-play.com/cats.html

Diane Blackman  
http://www.dog-play.com/  http://www.dog-play.com/TOTE.html
Failure is when you quit trying.

 
 
 

Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by DD » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>On Tue, 15 Aug 2000 08:37:22 -0400 Neil Law <> whittled these words:
>> About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old tabby,
>> we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after the
>> death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA since the
>> daughter had developed an allergy.

><snip>
>> My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black lab. We've
>> been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
>> decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year. And
>> it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).
><snip>
>> I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a chance of
>> being able to smooth things over between the two of them.

>With proper introduction and good breed selection (labrador retriever is
>fine) the cat and dog should be able to live together just fine.  
>e.g. http://www.dog-play.com/kittens.html Oso's Kittens
>http://www.dog-play.com/gif/t&kit5.jpg  Tsuki and Dusty
>http://www.dog-play.com/gif/tan&yod5.jpg Tanith and Yoda

>For introduction tips see
>http://www.dog-play.com/cats.html

>Diane Blackman  
>http://www.dog-play.com/  http://www.dog-play.com/TOTE.html
>Failure is when you quit trying.

I personally enjoyed the page http://www.dog-play.com/cats/how to bury
your dead cat html.
 
 
 

Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by mbrow » Wed, 16 Aug 2000 04:00:00


we've gone thru this numerous times, and have yet to find that cats and dogs
can't live together...  even outside cats and dogs...  our outside cat
sleeps on top of the dog in the dog house during the winter... cute huh?
our lab pups however, think that our inside cat is a fluffy chew toy... we
have to watch them carefully... hopefully, when they grow up some more,
there will be less rough housing...

seeya...

Quote:

>On Tue, 15 Aug 2000 08:37:22 -0400 Neil Law <> whittled these words:
>> About a year and a half ago, shortly after the death of our 19 year old
tabby,
>> we adopted a 2 year old cat. We really didn't want another so soon after
the
>> death of Alex but the family was going to put the animal in the SPCA
since the
>> daughter had developed an allergy.

><snip>
>> My problem is that I would really love to get a dog, actually a black
lab. We've
>> been checking out the local breeders in the hopes of purchasing one. The
>> decision actually got put on hold when we bought our new house last year.
And
>> it's still on hold as we wait for a lawn to go in (that's another tale).
><snip>
>> I guess the question is does it make sense to get a dog? Do I have a
chance of
>> being able to smooth things over between the two of them.

>With proper introduction and good breed selection (labrador retriever is
>fine) the cat and dog should be able to live together just fine.
>e.g. http://www.dog-play.com/kittens.html Oso's Kittens
>http://www.dog-play.com/gif/t&kit5.jpg  Tsuki and Dusty
>http://www.dog-play.com/gif/tan&yod5.jpg Tanith and Yoda

>For introduction tips see
>http://www.dog-play.com/cats.html

>Diane Blackman
>http://www.dog-play.com/  http://www.dog-play.com/TOTE.html
>Failure is when you quit trying.

 
 
 

Cat and Dog - Am I asking for trouble?

Post by K9counsel » Thu, 17 Aug 2000 13:52:48


  We have a large house, three cats and three dogs.  All adopted from local
shelters.  We have had only a few problems, nothing needing more than a
bandaid.  If done slowly with lots of understanding, one should have few
problems .

Good Luck!!