Pohm, our 5ish yr old rottie girl, has always been intensely interested in pups, ducklings, teddy bears, new baby grandson, you name it, if you can perceive it as baby, she's into it.
Im wondering about a cat, as the mouse issue is stupid here, and colder weather has slowed amount of mice down, but not stopped them. Disgusting and im disgusted and sick of waking up thinking, what the heck is that smell? and finding our mouse traps under bed are full and need emptying. So ive been thinking about a cat now for a while.
so a cat and my 2 dogs. That will present some issues, but ive brought a rabbit home to show the dogs, and it does appear that if i say its an ok thing and to 'leave it' they dont behave like its prey (under my supervision at least). Perhaps people can suggest ideas of how to intro a kitten, safest. And other than i have to have my cat in at night, do you need a licence in Victoria?
I am neighboured by a JRT and what was once a pug. Will the kitten enter their gardens, as they look like they'd kill a kitten if they wanted to. JRT's are excellent ratters, does this make them kitten eaters? Basically, im worried all these dogs might kill a kitten. I can control mine, but not a neighbours dogs instincts.
Giving a broody bitch a pup substitute. Risks.
Im concerned about having a small animal and Pohm. She tends to mother small beings. She's rather distracted babysitting for my grandson currently, who's just gotten onto the floor (her space) as he's crawling. She's incessantly following him everywhere. And cutely, wont let him go near the edge of the deck, and hurds him back into the centre again. He's got a snotty nose, and she's not having that, so cleaning him on the crawl too. Yesterday, i was changing the nappy on floor, and she was there, watching baby closely when baby poo'd. The bitch stole the turd and ate it! Again, common in bitches and pups, but human turds? ugggggh.
Pohm is my first ever female dog, and all i know about bitches is what ive experienced with her, so not much at all! But i do have a lot of old wives tales, superstition, and garbage info in my head to resolve.
Ive heard: bitches that attach to small stuffed toys, should have the toys removed as some possible risk of phantom pregnancy, resource gaurding? is this true? Im so ignorant!
If i gave her access to a kitten, will this count as a new baby for her. And is this a potential problem.
She has been known to steal puppy from her owner we met, grabbed pup up and took it back home to bed, snuggled down with it, and given it a good wash and looking very happy in bed with her new stolen baby. Gave it up fine when asked.
I dont like the rat sac idea for mice, as i have dogs and worry about them getting poisoned, thought a cat would work better. Only i know less about cats than i do bitches. And if im honest, im scared of cats also. But if i had a teeny one, perhaps i could get my brave on?
I was raised on farms, where there were cats, but they were never in the house, and always ratting and catching their own food i guess. We certainly never fed them! But they were pretty fat cats none the less.
most of my life, has been in the uk, and cats would keep your mice/rat issue down. But this is Aus, and there's some rule about not letting a cat out at night, to prevent this. But the cats i grew up with, hunted during the day too. Are cats allowed to hunt in their own property?
I do not want to keep a cat if indoors is where they are supposed to be. That would upset me. Getting an animal and preventing what it enjoys.
As i said, totally cat novice. any suggestions.
When cats do that thing, where they did their claws into your bloody leg, draw blood, and owners say, its coz she likes you. How do you stop that ever happening. As that is my biggest feared cat behaviour. This is quirky bat shit stuff i know. But hey, we are all scared of something.