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    Im thinking of getting a puppy.

    I have a 8 year old cat Diesel, when i got my cat i had another 5yr cat and a 7yr mini foxie, Diesel absolutely hated the other cat and NEVER got on with her and would always attack her =( the cat ran away. He didn't like the dog either at first but after a couple of weeks they got on fine played with each other and would often be in the same bed in the mornings.
    The mini foxie Missy has since passed away and i feel like Diesel is missing someone to play with. I don't want to get a kitten as i think Diesel would just attack it but i think he might be a lot better with a puppy because they are a different species?

    Has anyone had a similar situation?

    Any information would be grateful =)

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    Do you think it is a good enough reason to get another dog? Do YOU really want another dog? I think that is a better question to ask yourself first...

    Also, I do believe that cats all have very different personalities with very specific likes and dislikes. Could you maybe see if he might get on with another cat? If you would go via the RSPCA or a rescue organisation, they will allow you to have the cat on trial for 1 or 2 weeks.

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    Ive wanted to get a puppy for years, I'm not getting a puppy just for my cat to have a friend. I obviously didn't write it right, I want a puppy but I'm just worried about my cat, this is his home and i don't want him to change in any way and i don't want to upset him as i love him death!

    I can't get another cat because as i said he is very nasty and attacks other cats, i don't want him hurting a cat.

    I just wanted to know if anyone has introduced a new puppy to an older cat and how they got on?

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    We've done it a few times. It's up to you to set limits on what is acceptable behaviour from both of them and encourage them when they're doing what you want.

    As long as the cat has a safe place to go where the puppy can't reach it and you put the cat's food where the puppy can't reach it, it will be ok.

    But given your description of your cat's personality, I don't think he's going to be thrilled about it. A puppy is a big disruptive change in any household. So if you really want a puppy/dog, it's going to be up to you to deal with your cat being hissy about it for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post

    As long as the cat has a safe place to go where the puppy can't reach it and you put the cat's food where the puppy can't reach it, it will be ok.

    But given your description of your cat's personality, I don't think he's going to be thrilled about it. A puppy is a big disruptive change in any household. So if you really want a puppy/dog, it's going to be up to you to deal with your cat being hissy about it for a while.
    Diesel has always been fed on top of the washing machine to keep the other dog from getting his food. He also tends to sleep on top of the hot water system.

    I think he would be a lot better with a puppy than a kitten as he got on really well with the dog after a couple of weeks.

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    A full grown Mastiff, or even a 6 month old one is going to have no trouble reaching the top of the washing machine. My dog can... and she's not nearly as big as a Mastiff. At least a Mastiff is unlikey to jump onto the washing machine.

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    In that case, I think the cat will get used to the dog. They may not become friends - he might just not like the new dog's personality - but I've never seen a cat being deliberately aggressive to a dog, unless the dog deliberately annoys them, if you know what I mean. If he doesn't like being near the dog, he'll just find a spot where he can get away from them.

    Though my old cat used to bully my old dog by sitting at the top of the steps or in the doorway. If she tried to get past him, he would take a swipe at her, so she usually just sat there feeling sorry for herself until I shooed the cat away. My dog never liked cats much after that time...

    My current dog and cat also play together. It's great when they get on like that. But it's not a huge deal if they don't, I reckon.

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    Go with your gut feel but have a plan B if they would need to be permanently separated.

    I have had many introductions over the years had 1 2 or 3 dogs together too at various times with different cats and it is only now, with these dogs that I have to keep the cat they hate permanently separated from them. (They liked one cat, ignored the other but both have now passed on) Cat is in her room at night. They would rip her to shreds in a heartbeat. Dogs go out in the morning, (they sleep in our room) hubby lets cat out of her room. She comes down and sleeps with me a while. I have insomnia so I sleep in. She goes out later and the dogs come in. Dogs get fed outside at night,(dogs are permanently contained out the back, back yard and huge dog yard) cat comes in, has a feed and is put in her room after we have time together.

    Oh yea, the 3 cockatiels have fly time as well when all animals are outside some days.
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    I recently got a puppy. My cat is nearly 2yrs and he's had limited exposure to dogs, but he got used to all of them, was quite friendly with a bulldog I was looking after, so I too thought he might enjoy a puppy rather than another cat. I also wanted a dog. It took my cat 2 weeks to adjust and be ok with the puppy, at first he reacted quite negatively, hackles up, hissing and behaving very aggressively towards the puppy, I even started to second guess my decision, but he came around. He's still very much a kitten behaviour wise, so I just need to supervise their interactions, as sometimes the cat gets into hunting mode and gets a little too enthusiastic with play and the puppy gets a bit of a shock once he's on the ground in a head lock from the cat. Usually it's just gentle swatting and chasing around where both of them are having fun. I found since we're paying so much attention to the puppy, the cat's missing out on a lot of attention he used to get, but he's the sort of cat who will make it known he wants some pats by being in your face constantly, I've found he's a lot more willing to come and sleep on you or next to you than he used to as well.

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    Sorry have been a bit slow on this one. You may have already gone ahead with your decision, but, just in case.
    We have just recently introduced to our home a brand spanking new golden lab female pup, the only other occupant being a 11 year old inside burmese male cat Dusker. Now Dusker has been without his old mate Jess (put to sleep over 12 months' ago) and after much toing and froing we decided we had to have another dog. Dusker has plenty of places to hide and we have the front of the house fenced off for him to escape to. He has his own eating area. He can get up high. There was some hissing and spitting. There were times that I cringed a bit. They are now really enjoying each other, and when it gets a bit heated, Dusker is still able to escape. I would however, never leave them "home alone". That is just my experience. As the cooler months approach I can see they will be together. Dusker stilll sits on our laps of a night time, and Missy (pup) quite happy to occasionally push at him with her nose--Dusker reciprocates with a slap. Hope you are happy with the decision you come up or have made. Just be prepared for all contingencies--give them time and cat areas to escape to! Cheers

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