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    Default how can i make the cat come home...

    Since our new American Staffy pup come home, our 2 year old cat Martini has left. Not even coming home for dinner I dont know what to do since last time this happened with a grown dog we were babsitting stayed the cat almost starved to death in the drains and refused o come back.

    My mum has said maybe we should lock her in the garage were the cat can sit up high and see the puppy is apart of the family.
    Any ideas? I dont think she will warm up to our new family member

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    Poor puss, they certainly do get their noses out of joint. I have two cats one is 9 years old and the other is 4 years old. One lives inside and the other a bit of both.

    I have two 11 week old puppies (blue cattle) and both cats have had to learn to live with them. We had a dog up until December last year when he passed away so puppies are new to both of them.

    What we did was all sit inside and let them sniff, hiss, bark, growl etc All of this was supervised. After about half an hour I picked a cat up and tucked it all up so no legs could come flying out and let the puppies sniff the back of the cat while I told puss that these guys were new and now lived here (yeah I know I am crazy). The hissing etc has died down and the cats steer clear of the puppies.

    I also introduce them nose to nose (holding the cat firmly so no claws can come out). A fair bit of hissing and growling comes from the cat but they get used to it.

    They have to learn to live together and they eventually will you just have to take the fear of the unknown out of it. Make them meet each other.

    PS long welding gloves are awesome for holding onto the cat :-)

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    also sorry... do you know where your cat is hiding? They will usually come around after a couple of days of no food. Is there anywhere you can put some food that you know she will find? Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rosies Mum View Post
    also sorry... do you know where your cat is hiding? They will usually come around after a couple of days of no food. Is there anywhere you can put some food that you know she will find? Good luck
    she hides down in the drains, not sure where she gets in and out but i can hear her down there some times

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    Can you have puppy stay somewhere else for a couple of days, hopefully the cat will come back and then you can confine her in the house, a crate if necessary (a nice safe igloo or box up high where she could feel safe from the puppy).

    Ie first you need to get the cat home, and it's clear she doesn't want to be in the same house as the puppy so I guess she won't come until the puppy is gone for a fair while. How long did it take for her to come back after dog you baby sat went home?

    I think you're going to need to keep your cat locked in the house for at least three weeks - that's about how long it takes them to adjust to new circumstances. And if you're planning on changing anything else in the house - another dog or cat or bird or human visitors or whatever, maybe catch the cat first and put her somewhere she can't get out.

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    I agree with Hya about getting the pup away till the cat comes home then gradual introductions.
    I have had many different cats and dogs together over the years.
    At first they met different sides of a screen door and then with the pup or dog on a lead so they could sniff each other.
    Sometimes though they just do not like each other and won't get on. This has only happened once here with the cat I have here now.
    The dogs would pack and kill her in a heartbeat given a slight chance to do so, so now they are completely separated.

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    Goodluck 18 months later and my eldest cat still refuses to come indoors after i bought Molly home. For dinner he waits out the front door for me to come and carry him inside and i don't think it will ever change... it works though, he doesn't wander just sits out the front in the sun during the day, i carry him indoors for dinner and then lock all the cats inside the garage at night. Weird, cause the other two get on with the dogs just fine... could just be one of those things.

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    Not really weird, there is no rule that says if they get on with one cat they will get on with another. This is why I feel cat testing dogs before they go to people's homes isn't any sort of guarantee at all.
    As I have written before, these 4 dogs loved one cat, ignored the other and would rip apart with the greatest of glee this last cat I have. All three were here at the same time.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 07-05-2012 at 06:34 PM.

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