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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Eagle Eye' » Sat Feb 24, 2018 11:56 am

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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Sardonyx » Sat Feb 24, 2018 12:11 pm

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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Rainbow Dash » Sat Feb 24, 2018 1:48 pm

Marerose678 wrote:Hello, I have a cat and I would like to get a dog soon I would like to ask, does anybody have 'cat vs dog' kind of problems.Do they fight.Does the cat or dog get stressed out if one or another tries to play with eachother ?Would love the anwser :3

I had the opposite. Already owned a dog for five years and got a five year old cat, Tambora. They got on rough at first. Cat would beat the dog up but then they'd cuddle like everything was totally fine then back to Tambora hitting the dog again. After two major attacks by Tambora I got a calming collar for him that has worked miracles. He hasn't hit the dog in two weeks since the collar went on and it's making things so much more peaceful for both of them. I definitely won't get another cat while I have my dog (since one is enough for him) but they coexist better.

They'll interact if they both want the same spot on the couch next to me, mostly sniffing and brief grooming, but otherwise they just ignore each other.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Marerose678 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:40 pm

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Marerose678 wrote:Hello, I have a cat and I would like to get a dog soon I would like to ask, does anybody have 'cat vs dog' kind of problems.Do they fight.Does the cat or dog get stressed out if one or another tries to play with eachother ?Would love the anwser :3

I had the opposite. Already owned a dog for five years and got a five year old cat, Tambora. They got on rough at first. Cat would beat the dog up but then they'd cuddle like everything was totally fine then back to Tambora hitting the dog again. After two major attacks by Tambora I got a calming collar for him that has worked miracles. He hasn't hit the dog in two weeks since the collar went on and it's making things so much more peaceful for both of them. I definitely won't get another cat while I have my dog (since one is enough for him) but they coexist better.

They'll interact if they both want the same spot on the couch next to me, mostly sniffing and brief grooming, but otherwise they just ignore each other.

THank you for the info!
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby edgy cat of DOOM » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:51 pm

Marerose678 wrote:Hello, I have a cat and I would like to get a dog soon I would like to ask, does anybody have 'cat vs dog' kind of problems.Do they fight.Does the cat or dog get stressed out if one or another tries to play with eachother ?Would love the anwser :3

I say it depends on the temperament of them both. I have 2 very crazy dogs- one who wants to play with the cats sometimes, and one who kinda gets territorial but knows he's not supposed to. None of my cats really like them, but that's probably because of the fact my dogs are hyper. I suggest getting a calmer dog maybe? ^^' sorry if I'm not much of a help.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Marerose678 » Sat Feb 24, 2018 6:54 pm

edgy cat of DOOM wrote:
Marerose678 wrote:Hello, I have a cat and I would like to get a dog soon I would like to ask, does anybody have 'cat vs dog' kind of problems.Do they fight.Does the cat or dog get stressed out if one or another tries to play with eachother ?Would love the anwser :3

I say it depends on the temperament of them both. I have 2 very crazy dogs- one who wants to play with the cats sometimes, and one who kinda gets territorial but knows he's not supposed to. None of my cats really like them, but that's probably because of the fact my dogs are hyper. I suggest getting a calmer dog maybe? ^^' sorry if I'm not much of a help.

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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby -TruBlue » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:02 pm

Marerose678 wrote:Hello, I have a cat and I would like to get a dog soon I would like to ask, does anybody have 'cat vs dog' kind of problems.Do they fight.Does the cat or dog get stressed out if one or another tries to play with eachother ?Would love the anwser :3


Going through the exact same thing right now xD
I have a resident cat who I've had since 2010 and yesterday we picked up our foster dog. Our cat was freaked out since the dog was more than twice his size. His tail was puffed up and his back was arched. Most of the time the dog roams around the first floor of the house and the cat stays in a bedroom on the second floor.

We've tried positive reinforcement and giving them both a treat when they don't bark or hiss at each other. It's sort of works but we might hire a trainer to deal with the situation. The cat will come near the living room when the dog is on a leash and tethered to the sofa. They stare at each other, while we try to distract the dog with "look at me" (still working on it). Then the dog will bark and the cat will run away to either the basement or upstairs. Part of the problem might be that the dog is in a new environment with new people, new smells, and a cat who's hissing at him.

The dog has also been going through a lot lately (surrendered to an overcrowded shelter down south where he was scheduled to be euthanized, a foster home in Kentucky, and another foster home up north before coming to us), so part of the reason might be stress. Because of this, we think that the cat might tolerate the dog before the dog can tolerate the cat.

I recommend getting a smaller dog so your cat won't get totally freaked out. My grandma brought over her tiny little toy rat terrier over and our cat was actually larger than her. Make sure you set up a "safe space" for your cat a few days before you bring your dog home. This should be someplace where the dog cannot reach the cat (we use the basement). Before you cat absolutely trust the dog and the cat together overnight, keep the dog in a crate or in a locked bathroom.

Before diving into this too quickly, I recommend that you do your homework and take the time to research bringing a new dog into a home with a resident cat. It helps c:
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Marerose678 » Sun Feb 25, 2018 6:12 pm

-TruBlue wrote:
Marerose678 wrote:Hello, I have a cat and I would like to get a dog soon I would like to ask, does anybody have 'cat vs dog' kind of problems.Do they fight.Does the cat or dog get stressed out if one or another tries to play with eachother ?Would love the anwser :3


Going through the exact same thing right now xD
I have a resident cat who I've had since 2010 and yesterday we picked up our foster dog. Our cat was freaked out since the dog was more than twice his size. His tail was puffed up and his back was arched. Most of the time the dog roams around the first floor of the house and the cat stays in a bedroom on the second floor.

We've tried positive reinforcement and giving them both a treat when they don't bark or hiss at each other. It's sort of works but we might hire a trainer to deal with the situation. The cat will come near the living room when the dog is on a leash and tethered to the sofa. They stare at each other, while we try to distract the dog with "look at me" (still working on it). Then the dog will bark and the cat will run away to either the basement or upstairs. Part of the problem might be that the dog is in a new environment with new people, new smells, and a cat who's hissing at him.

The dog has also been going through a lot lately (surrendered to an overcrowded shelter down south where he was scheduled to be euthanized, a foster home in Kentucky, and another foster home up north before coming to us), so part of the reason might be stress. Because of this, we think that the cat might tolerate the dog before the dog can tolerate the cat.

I recommend getting a smaller dog so your cat won't get totally freaked out. My grandma brought over her tiny little toy rat terrier over and our cat was actually larger than her. Make sure you set up a "safe space" for your cat a few days before you bring your dog home. This should be someplace where the dog cannot reach the cat (we use the basement). Before you cat absolutely trust the dog and the cat together overnight, keep the dog in a crate or in a locked bathroom.

Before diving into this too quickly, I recommend that you do your homework and take the time to research bringing a new dog into a home with a resident cat. It helps c:

The problem is that , my family and I live in an apartment. So technically there is NO safe space (Except my room, I guess).We'll get a puppy so technically the cat wont be to scared of it (I wish).
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Adorabirb » Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:13 am

I'm working on moving into an apartment away from home, my two dogs are to old to take with me and I've always wanted a cat but my dad couldn't be around them due to allergies, so I want to get a cat but I don't know where to start. I want to get a kitten so I can train it and get it desensitized to certain things but I still don't know where to start or anything else
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby ru. » Mon Feb 26, 2018 9:45 am

Adorabirb wrote:I'm working on moving into an apartment away from home, my two dogs are to old to take with me and I've always wanted a cat but my dad couldn't be around them due to allergies, so I want to get a cat but I don't know where to start. I want to get a kitten so I can train it and get it desensitized to certain things but I still don't know where to start or anything else


Congratulations on potentially owning your first cat!
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Start by doing as much research as you possibly can. Be sure that you have money set aside for vet bills (including regular vaccinations), food/care, and any potential emergencies.

Just like with a dog, now it would be a good idea to start thinking about what you want in a cat.
Do you want a cat that it more independent and laid-back who will like to snooze most of the day? One that is calm and likes to cuddle? A rambunctious cat that is playful and entertaining?
A needy cat that is constantly underfoot? Quiet? Vocal? The list goes on!
Cats are actually very diverse temperament-wise contrary to what many people think! Similar to dogs, different breeds have standard temperaments as well, so having a good idea of what you want going in will allow you to know what to look for!

Many people want to start with a kitten ( I prefer to raise my cat as well) but they can be almost just as much work as puppies but much less eager-to-please, so that is something to consider. Not all come litterbox trained by their mothers. You can't guarantee what you're going to get once they fully mature. They require a lot of time and one-on-one interaction. You have to keep a constant eye on them as well! It is like having a toddler (and don't even get me started on the rebellious teenager phase 😂 haha!). I'm not trying to be discouraging! I just always want people to be very aware of these things before choosing a kitten over an adult car.

If you have some idea of what you want your future cat to be like, personality-wise, let me know and I can try to lead you in the right direction. (:

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I thought it might be helpful to let you know of some physical items you will need regardless of whether you choose a kitten or a cat!

2 Litterboxes (the general rule of thumb is that the number of litterboxes that you need is the number of cats in the house plus one. So if you had two cats, you would need three boxes)
Scratching posts (If you want to save your furniture, these are critical! Cats need to scratch and so if you don't provide them with a place to do so, they will find a place to do so which is not going to be where you want it to be)
Quality food (diet is important for your kitty's health. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning that they actually require meat to survive (unlike dogs). I feed my guy a grain-free food.)
Toys (cats and kittens both need mental stimulation and exercise, which they get through play. Wand toys, balls, and mouse toys are all good options!)
I would recommend a water fountain (Cats in the wild get a lot of moisture from the food they eat so many house cats don't drink enough water which can can lead to urinary and bladder problems. If you don't feed your cat wet food (and even if you do) then a water fountain can really help to prevent health problems. The running water stimulates most cats to drink more. Also! It is important to note that most cats don't like their food to be right beside their water source! )
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