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    I am getting a male black labrador puppy in a few weeks and we already own an adult cat. She is about 6 years old and we adopted her from RSPCA at age 3 so we're not sure if she's had previous experiences with dogs prior to living with us.

    I would really appreciate some tips about how I can go about introducing our puppy and our cat so that all goes well and hopefully they will be best of friends.

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    Every dog and cat is different - so it really makes no difference if your cat has previous "experience" or not.

    She's not going to like it. So expect it to take a while for things to settle down. Make sure she has safe places to go and her food and her litter tray are not where the puppy can get at them. Dogs love to eat cat poo.

    Spend some time with your puppy on lead - near the cat but not so close the cat is hissing - feeding both treats (like roast chicken) for looking at each other then you. Do some googling on LAT (look at that) and BAT (behaviour adjustment training).

    Do make sure the puppy is safe from the cat and until you know they can be calm around each other - separate them if you have to go out.

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    Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely make sure the kitty litter is relocated to be out of the puppy!

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    Hi candi9, you must be excited about getting your new pup! Fun times ahead! Don't forget to post pics here for us to drool over

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    I agree it very much depends on the cat's personality. If he just runs when the puppy runs towards him, he's in trouble and you will have to very actively manage that relationship so the cat can feel safe in his personal space.

    If he stands his ground and tells the pup very clearly when he is going too far, you may need to intervene very little. It often takes only one swipe, or even a pretend swipe for puppies to get that the interesting looking fur thing is not a fun toy. But you still need to carefully observe and intervene if either of them look stressed of course.

    If kitty goes into full on attack mode, that's a different story again...

    I would recommend getting one or two baby gates. They are perfect for managing dogs and cats together. The cat can easily jump over them, the dog can't.

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    I think Lucy might hide at first and I'd imagine would have a swipe to stand her ground but don't see her going into full attack mode.

    I will definitely post photos we go to pick our puppy in 2 weeks (we have a choice of 4 boys) and we should get him late October / early November so Lucy has a few more weeks of peace and quiet before her world gets turned upside down!

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    I'd try to prevent swipes with claws out...

    cat claws are notorious for giving other critters nasty festering abscesses. so do be very careful with any injuries the pup might get from the cat. It might only make a small hole but that's enough for some mighty pus bombs.

    PS I should have said before - I do love your choice of subject line - it's very descriptive and precise - so if we ever need to point people in the right direction and for browsing lurkers - it's very helpful and easy to find the right post later when we want.

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    I've bought nail clippers so we can shorten her nails right down before we get the puppy, just in case she does have a swipe with claws out

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    Good luck, I've just recently done the opposite and introduce a kitten to two dogs with a somewhat high prey drive for little zooming critters. it has gone very well. I think all it takes is time and supervision. I suspect your cat will be very unimpressed by your new house mate, but I think once the pup knows his place and the cat is use to him it will be fine. Things won't happen overnight, it took a couple of months for my lot to sort their issues out Looking forward to some pictures of your newest addition when you get him!

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

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    There was something a while ago - as jadielee87 has said - that was on this forum - http://www.dogforum.com.au/other-pet...nto-house.html - maybe this will also help you.

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