Of course, just be patient and give them both time to get used to each
Remember, Max has 'ruled the roost' in your house for a while -- so be sure
to give him lots of extra loving now that he's having to adjust to a
My dogs and cats were behaving well together in 2-3 weeks (I could leave
them alone together earlier, but they were still pretending the other
animals didn't exist.)
It took a few months for playing together, sharing the chair etc.
Max will 'train' your puppy how to behave around him. Its always easier to
introduce a puppy/kitten to an older pet. But it sounds like Max's really
interested in having a new friend.
"Carolyn Dee" <[email protected]
> wrote in message news:[email protected]
> Thanks much, I will read on with that website suggestion.
> One other thing. Poor little Max (cat)was found by us when he was only a
> days old, almost dead after abandonment by his mother....he's never had
> siblings or another other playful pets.
> Is there still hope?
>>Check out this link on the best way to introduce your cat and puppy:
>>Stay in the same room with them until your sure their getting along. If
>>cat is bothered by the dog, normally the cat will just jump on something
>>hide where the puppy can't get to him.
>>It really sounds like Max just wants to play with the puppy. They can
>>become good friends if you read and apply the suggestions above.
>>Now this is my experience with cats and new dogs:
>>You need to keep an eye on them the first week or so - if Max is cornered
>>the puppy or feels threatened he may scratch the puppy's nose. Now this
>>isn't a big problem, the scratch is painful but usually just a minor
>>doesn't even bleed - Max is just teaching the puppy some manners.
>>But if the puppy doesn't stop and leave the cat alone, Max could scratch
>>This is one of a cats last lines of defense against an attacking dog, and
>>But if they've been together for several days with no problems, its
>>safe to leave them on their own.
>>My cats never attacked the dogs. One dog did get his nose scratched
>>but he learned to leave the cats alone if they didn't want to be bothered.
>>Eventually they would let my toy poodle join in their chase games. One
>>would even sleep on the same chair as the poodle.
>>By the way - its easier to introduce a puppy or kitten to established
>>animals than to bring in a full grown animal.
>>> Help, if anyone has ANY advice here....
>>> If anyone can help I'm really upset about this....we got a new puppy
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>>> nuzzling her under her neck and underbelly. Does he see her as prey?
>>> worried sick he will hurt her!!