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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Naeco » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:17 pm

How do you recommend introducing a cat to a dog that has been around cats but is sketchy? She's not aggressive. I think she is curious. The first cat she was around, she was super young pup and chased him into a back room. She wasn't biting or anything, just shoving her face into his. That was the entire first reaction. A few months ago was her second reaction at the age of 1 year 3 months. She "mouthed" the cats rail but didn't bite or anything. She was on edge the when around them and whines the whole time. She acted like she wanted to play. But when the cats were in the back rooms, she was perfectly normal. She does the mouthing thing to my other dog as well, especially during play or when she wants to herd the dog. I'm just not sure where to go with this. I've always wanted a cat or two as well as dogs. I know of many people who have both and works just fine I also know of people where it didnt work but they trained the dog to accept it and it was perfectly fine. If it helps any, she is a lab husky gsd mix.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Queenie! » Mon Feb 26, 2018 2:51 pm

Naeco wrote:How do you recommend introducing a cat to a dog that has been around cats but is sketchy? She's not aggressive. I think she is curious. The first cat she was around, she was super young pup and chased him into a back room. She wasn't biting or anything, just shoving her face into his. That was the entire first reaction. A few months ago was her second reaction at the age of 1 year 3 months. She "mouthed" the cats rail but didn't bite or anything. She was on edge the when around them and whines the whole time. She acted like she wanted to play. But when the cats were in the back rooms, she was perfectly normal. She does the mouthing thing to my other dog as well, especially during play or when she wants to herd the dog. I'm just not sure where to go with this. I've always wanted a cat or two as well as dogs. I know of many people who have both and works just fine I also know of people where it didnt work but they trained the dog to accept it and it was perfectly fine. If it helps any, she is a lab husky gsd mix.


It sounds to me like your dog just wanted to play with the cats, but because she didn't know the cats/they were acting uncomfortable she might not have been sure how to act around them. She sounds a bit like how my dog treats my cats, actually. She'll mouth them a little and herd them around the house when she's bored, but she's never hurt them, and she's always breaking up their fights. Just make sure to supervise when/if you do bring a new cat into the house, especially if it's one you adopt from a shelter, as they might have different reactions to a dog depending on where they came from. Praise your dog for being gentle with the cat, and reprimand if she gets too excited or rough. Definitely keep them separate from each other at night or when you're away while you're getting them used to each other.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Adorabirb » Tue Feb 27, 2018 2:14 am

@ru. Thanks so much for the advice! I really want to get a cat that's calm and cuddly but not to lazy if that makes sense? And I've already started setting money aside, I've always wanted a cat but my dad is allergic so I've had to wait until I moved out. As far as the cat being vocal or quiet it doesn't matter to me ^_^

I understand the toddler like mentality of a kitten as well, I helped raise my german Shepard's when I was little so it was like chasing down two toddlers at any given time.

And thanks for the suggestions of what I'll need :o I'll add it all to my list I have for when I move ^_^ I never knew about the extra little box thing as well!
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby blazesong » Fri Mar 02, 2018 1:03 am

Adorabirb wrote:@ru. Thanks so much for the advice! I really want to get a cat that's calm and cuddly but not to lazy if that makes sense? And I've already started setting money aside, I've always wanted a cat but my dad is allergic so I've had to wait until I moved out. As far as the cat being vocal or quiet it doesn't matter to me ^_^

I understand the toddler like mentality of a kitten as well, I helped raise my german Shepard's when I was little so it was like chasing down two toddlers at any given time.

And thanks for the suggestions of what I'll need :o I'll add it all to my list I have for when I move ^_^ I never knew about the extra little box thing as well!

id recomend going to a shelter, the staff should be able to help you find the right cat (even talk to vollenteers if you see any, i know at the one i work at vollenteers tend to know the cats better then payed staff)

i just adopted a cat that sounds like one you want, in the shelter he loved his cuddles and id spend allmost 40 mins with him each shift i did (vollenteers at the shelter im at have shifts for safety reasons)
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Thalassic » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:10 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

This might not be entirely what you want to hear (since everyone wants kittens), but for a first cat, I'd suggest going to some shelter and looking at some adult cats.

As with any child, you cant really tell what a kitten is going to grow up into, so its a bit of a gamble. You might want a peaceful lazy cat and accidentally end up with a ball of active destruction. While when adopting an adult cat (doesn't even have to be old, you can look at somes that are 1 or 2 years old for example), you can pretty much already see their temperament and personality. That way you can more easily find a cat you could be compatible with, making your future life easier for the both of you.

Alternatively, consider getting a pair of cats. It would be more work in some aspects, but also they could entertain eachother and form a healthy relationship with eachother. This works great with both cats that are related, so they have already been familiar with eachother for a long time, but also you can get 2 separate cats and introduce them to eachother. I read somewhere that having a cat companion helps cats stay healthier and happier, and while it does make sense, I dont remember where I got that information from so don't quote me on that. :')

Other than that, obviously do as much research as you can, visit shelters and get to know the cats there, read about different breeds if thats the path you want to take (and be aware that some breeds come with potential health complications), and maybe even find some good vets in your area that you could turn to when you'll have health/etc related questions.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby RebelliousWinter » Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:02 pm

    Hope I can get some help for my aunt and her cat. (they live with us)

    Missy now is quite old so doing certain things are a bit more challenging for her. She stopped being able to go downstairs to the basement where her litter-tray was, and also stopped being able to get into it.
    So she started to pee next to our front door. We set up puppy pee-mats by the door for her and she started to use them with no problems. She'd pee on the mat without a fail excusing the odd accident where she only caught a bit of the mat.

    She was very good at going to the bathroom in the front hall where she was supposed to. But then that changed. Sometime in November for whatever reason (I could've been that her mat hadn't been changed in time) she peed on the top landing of our stairs.
    My aunt did her best to clean it off the carpet and then left it at that thinking it was a one time thing. It wasn't... from there she has continued to pee on the landing. She's still using her matts, but occasionally we'll find wet-spots in the same area on the upstairs landing.

    Does anyone know how to stop her from doing this? It's very distressing for us - especially my aunt.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Queenie! » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:19 pm

RebelliousWinter wrote:
    Hope I can get some help for my aunt and her cat. (they live with us)

    Missy now is quite old so doing certain things are a bit more challenging for her. She stopped being able to go downstairs to the basement where her litter-tray was, and also stopped being able to get into it.
    So she started to pee next to our front door. We set up puppy pee-mats by the door for her and she started to use them with no problems. She'd pee on the mat without a fail excusing the odd accident where she only caught a bit of the mat.

    She was very good at going to the bathroom in the front hall where she was supposed to. But then that changed. Sometime in November for whatever reason (I could've been that her mat hadn't been changed in time) she peed on the top landing of our stairs.
    My aunt did her best to clean it off the carpet and then left it at that thinking it was a one time thing. It wasn't... from there she has continued to pee on the landing. She's still using her matts, but occasionally we'll find wet-spots in the same area on the upstairs landing.

    Does anyone know how to stop her from doing this? It's very distressing for us - especially my aunt.


I came across this article, maybe it will help you narrow the cause for why she's started this behavior, and how you can stop it.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Lunarsnow » Sun Mar 04, 2018 4:28 pm

RebelliousWinter wrote:
    Hope I can get some help for my aunt and her cat. (they live with us)

    Missy now is quite old so doing certain things are a bit more challenging for her. She stopped being able to go downstairs to the basement where her litter-tray was, and also stopped being able to get into it.
    So she started to pee next to our front door. We set up puppy pee-mats by the door for her and she started to use them with no problems. She'd pee on the mat without a fail excusing the odd accident where she only caught a bit of the mat.

    She was very good at going to the bathroom in the front hall where she was supposed to. But then that changed. Sometime in November for whatever reason (I could've been that her mat hadn't been changed in time) she peed on the top landing of our stairs.
    My aunt did her best to clean it off the carpet and then left it at that thinking it was a one time thing. It wasn't... from there she has continued to pee on the landing. She's still using her matts, but occasionally we'll find wet-spots in the same area on the upstairs landing.

    Does anyone know how to stop her from doing this? It's very distressing for us - especially my aunt.

Did you use an enzyme cleaner when you cleaned the landing pee spot? If not, she probably still smells her pee in that spot which made her pee there the second time and it'd keep reinforcing that spot each time after too if it's never been cleaned "properly". And is putting a mat on the spot she pees on the landing out of the question? If she's not peeing randomly then the easiest solution is to just put another mat down there. If you can't, get a good enzymatic cleaner to clean the spot thoroughly and block her access to the area for at least a few days. She should go back to just her mats if she can't access that spot or smell it, but if she picks another location to pee instead then you may want to get her checked out to make sure there's no medical reason.

Without knowing the layout of your house and from what you've described of her behavior (same spot and not random while still using the original spot) it seems like maybe she just really had to pee the first time and went there instead of going back to the hall (maybe she was achy and didn't want to walk down since if I read that right it she'd have to climb down stairs?) or she was on her way but just couldn't hold it long enough (especially if the spots are pretty far away from each other). Then maybe it wasn't cleaned well enough so she decided that spot was good for peeing whenever she's around there and needs to go.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby RebelliousWinter » Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:21 am

    Thanks!! My aunt is cleaning it by putting baking soda down on the carpet to let it soak up the urine. Then she vacuums it away and sprays the area with this spray she has. (I'm not sure if it's an enzyme cleaner or not)
    I'll talk to her about different methods she could use to effectively get the smell out of the spot.
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Re: Cat Chat 2

Postby Minty Bunni » Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:13 pm

I finally got a cat this summer after years of asking!

Her name is Berlioz and she is my naughty fur-child. My family only meant to foster her litter (3 month old TNR captures) for a week to socialize them but, Ber decided that the house belonged to her, her siblings needed to leave, and that I was her favorite person.
Berlioz was a temp name but, she came to it when called when I was told I could keep her so it sorta stayed. She knows her name, sit, stay, beg, down, up, come here, no, and night-night.

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