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    Unhappy Help Needed For A Mexican Standoff

    Hi there,

    I have a truly gorgeous 2.5 year old cat who is a real snuggler: she wants to sit on your lap all the time, kiss you and is more like a lap-dog. Six days ago I bought home my new, super-gorgeous German Shepherd puppy and it's been a Mexican standoff ever since. My 11 week old puppy was brought up with cats and played with the kennel's cats quite happily but now I have the puppy at one of the house, and my poor, miserable little cat is holed up in my bedroom and refuses to socialise. I've tried to 'introduce' them to no avail: the cars spits & hisses and the puppy barks non-stop.

    Does anyone have any suggestions to help these two adversaries love each other? Due to circumstances, I want both my Shepherd and my beloved cat to sleep together in the bedroom with me but that option is becoming more of a problem that I anticipated.

    Any help would be very sincerely appreciated!

    Thanks, fellow dog (& cat) lovers!

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    Six days is not very long.
    The puppy has been snatched away from all it has ever known and is in this scary new place with this cat spitting and hissing at him.
    It doesn't matter if the pup has got along with other cats. It is NO guarantee at all that he will with this one.
    I had 3 cats. My dogs loved one, ignored another and would rip apart and kill the third in a heartbeat. Animals too can not like others..do YOU like every female or male you meet? My dogs have to be permanently separated from the cat.

    Give it more time. I am sure the others will be in to give advice.

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    It took us nearly 2 months before my two dogs and the kitten were comfortable around each other. These things take time. At the start I thought I would have to keep them all separated etc. but now they are all cuddled up on the lounge together. In most cases it is not something that will happen overnight. Just supervise all interactions between the two until you are happy they will be fine, that will stop the cat scratching the dog and the dog biting the cat.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    When Bandit was 3 months old a cat scratched his eye and it ulcerated. A few hundred vet fees with that one so please be careful.
    My cats met new dogs first through a glass door, then through a screen one and then with the dog on a lead near the cat. I have never had any problems either in the past, even with 3 dogs at that time (RIP to them)
    It is only now with these 4 and the one cat that I will never let them near each other.

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    Very few cats go yippee you've bought home a dog/puppy. Most always have their nose out of joint for a while.

    And I can guarantee that the cat knows just how big that pup is going to be so is making sure now that puppy gets the message of exactly where it's standing is.

    Give it time and the cat will eventually come around to accepting the dog. In the meantime yes you do have to be careful that no damage is done to the dogs eyes if they come face to face

    The cat at the kennels where you got your puppy is familiar with dogs and as the puppy was born on the premises is accepted pretty quickly. You cat has suddenly got an intruder in his home and needs time.

    I remember when I was a kid still at home, we had a cat that co-existed with the dogs and ruled the roost. Then I bought home a kitten I'd rescued and it took a little while to find it a new home, our dogs came around to the new kitten much quicker than our adult cat who was happy to see the back of it & in fact I'm sure he would of been happier if I'd bought home a puppy instead.

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