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    Hi Guys

    My partner and i would really love to add a cat to the family. Our two dogs are now 7 months old (english pointer and staffy cross) but both of them are completely prey driven! I have a rabbit which they are OKish with. I'll let the rabbit out to run around the house at night and the dogs will usually sit there and watch her (very intently though!) but i would never let them together unsupervised.

    My partner seems to think it's all going to be easy. That the cat will stay indoors during the day (umm what about my nice furniture!!) and the dogs out until they are desensitised to it all :S They have only met one cat before and Buckley seemed to really dislike it. Barking and all his hackles up..

    So, has anyone had any experiences with getting cats and dogs to get along. Unsure whether we should wait until they are older or do it whilst they are both still young?

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    I don't think they're suitable for a cat and I would think it would be cruel to have a cat that had to live in fear and on the edge at all times.

    You know from previous experience it was a problem, so why do it again? With two of them it will be worse because they are now a pack.

    Be happy with the rabbit and the 2 dogs. Getting a cat is a want and not a need. The cat deserves more.
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    When Ruby first met a cat she was very excited, boisterous, but just very curious as to what the hell it was.

    The cat wasnt too impressed by the meeting so ruby had to say goodbye!

    When we move I will so be getting a cat Sphynx!!

    Growing up our dogs or cats wernt given any choice in the matter, if the cats didnt like the dogs they would stay away from them and if the dog was caught hassling the cat they would get in trouble. Simple as that!!

    They soon learn where is my place and where is yours in the house and learn to respect each other. They dont have to be best buds but they have to learn to live in the same space withou killing each other!

    I would say getting a kitten. Start with little meetings, from a distance, making sure your dog is calm and rewarding good calm behavior etc When you do your meetings, maybe muzzle for safety and have a lead attached.

    I cant wait to get a little kitty cat!!
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    Another thing, We used to have two cats, Tiddles and Sabath. Our Keeshound used to sleep with Tiddles everynight, Tiddles would stand on Shebas(the dog) back and like paw it, you know like giving a massage! It was soooo cute Now, if Sabath would even walk along the fence Sheba would go nuts, barking carrying on etc

    I wouldnt take the one meeting you have had as the final meeting!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    When Ruby first met a cat she was very excited, boisterous, but just very curious as to what the hell it was.

    The cat wasnt too impressed by the meeting so ruby had to say goodbye!

    When we move I will so be getting a cat Sphynx!!

    Growing up our dogs or cats wernt given any choice in the matter, if the cats didnt like the dogs they would stay away from them and if the dog was caught hassling the cat they would get in trouble. Simple as that!!

    They soon learn where is my place and where is yours in the house and learn to respect each other. They dont have to be best buds but they have to learn to live in the same space withou killing each other!

    I would say getting a kitten. Start with little meetings, from a distance, making sure your dog is calm and rewarding good calm behavior etc When you do your meetings, maybe muzzle for safety and have a lead attached.

    I cant wait to get a little kitty cat!!
    Curiosity is one thing... this isn't curiosity though;
    Buckley seemed to really dislike it. Barking and all his hackles up..
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    I wanted to get a cat when we bought our first house, I have always had cats (and dogs) and would like another. But my dogs are the same as yours and for that reason I won't be getting one. The last thing I want is for the cat to live in fear and having to stress every time the door is opened that the cat will run out or the dogs will run in.

    I'll wait until the unfortunate day comes when my dogs go to the big playground in the sky (which hopefully won't be for a very long time) until I get one.

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    It's merely just a thought at the moment..i'm certainly not going out tomorrow to buy a cat!

    At first i was completely against the idea but i do think about how far the dogs have come with the rabbit. I personally think we have enough pets (and expenses!) as it is, just curious if anyone has overcome problems with cats and dogs getting along..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    I wanted to get a cat when we bought our first house, I have always had cats (and dogs) and would like another. But my dogs are the same as yours and for that reason I won't be getting one. The last thing I want is for the cat to live in fear and having to stress every time the door is opened that the cat will run out or the dogs will run in.

    I'll wait until the unfortunate day comes when my dogs go to the big playground in the sky (which hopefully won't be for a very long time) until I get one.
    That's what i told my partner we should do. Wait until we're old and retired and no longer have the energy for dogs

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    They have only met one cat before and Buckley seemed to really dislike it
    that would concern me. Ziggy loves our cats, but they were here first, she met them as a 12 week old puppy, and she is quite gentle in general. She and one of the cats play together, the cat will bite her jowls (not too hard) and she will try to lick him.
    Dogs and cats can get on well but this depends on the personality of the animals involved.
    As an aside, I don't agree with letting cats outside, both for their own safety and for the safety of the local wildlife.

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    I have had three main experiences with cats and dogs.

    My first ever cat (Kitty) and my mini foxie (Noodle).

    For this pair everything went well. Noodle was a pretty chilled out dog. And Kitty could always get away from Noodle if she needed to. Noodle was an outside dog and Kitty was an indoor/outdoor cat.

    Noodle passed away and we got Peggy. Peggy is also a mini foxie but she is the sort of dog who behaves like she is on a sugar high. Even with exercise and proper food she acts like a mad dog. She was always super excited to see Kitty. Kitty got stressed and started to lose hair because of Peggy. They simply weren’t a good match. We overcame this by putting a little walk way over head for Kitty to get in and out of the house without being hassled by Peggy.

    Now living in my own place I have three cats and a dog.

    Johnny, my one year old Chihuahua has a different relationship with all the cats.

    Johnny and my Bengal, Lena, play. They get along really really well. Lena rolls around on the floor and they play. When Lena has had enough she just jumps up on to the scratching post.

    Paul, my Siamese, doesn’t like Johnny. He tolerates him and again if he wants to get away he springs up into the scratching post.

    Zelda, my white DSH and foster cat, is getting used to Johnny. She is no longer frightened of him but isn’t overly fond of him.

    I find cats cope well if they have somewhere tall to retreat to (a big scratching post does the trick) however a persistent and loud barking dog might compromise this.

    Johnny isn’t a barker and if I tell him to leave the cats alone he generally does. Johnny is also outside during the day so I don’t have to break up any potential fights.

    Not all cats cope well with dogs. When I first brought Johnny home my cats were really very gentle and very tolerant of him. Now the relationship is a bit different (as mentioned above).
    Your furniture will be fine if you have a scratching post and train the cat not to scratch other things (this takes time but is achievable).

    7 month old dogs are still very much puppies. You might want to wait a little longer until they mature a bit more. If you have any friends with cats I suggest you start introducing the dogs.

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