Dog Site - Dog Stuff
Dog Forum | Dog Pictures

Go Back   Chazhound Dog Forum > Dog Discussions and Dog Talk Forums > Dog Training Forum


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 07-02-2010, 12:55 PM
StillandSilent StillandSilent is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2,150
Default When can a dog and cat be left alone?

I know it depends on both the dog and the cat, but I need some general advice.
I have had Cheshire for almost two weeks. She is 13 weeks old and weighs 3lbs. Obviously, she is too small to be left alone with Argon, so I put her in the bathroom when I leave.
Argon has almost totally ignored her since she came home, though he did make an effort to play with her today. He pranced around and tried to swat her with a paw (Sadly, he does think that this is an appropriate invitation to play). She hissed and went under the bed, he got bored and wandered off.
Argon has hunted outside, and killed both birds and baby rabbits, so he does have a prey drive. When I adopted him, Angry Puss was still living, and there was never an issue there, but Angry Puss was large and evil, and pretty much put Argon in his place from day one.
How do you know when they can be left together? Chesh is kind of sad alone in the bathroom, but it is the only room with a door, and Argon can jump a baby gate.
__________________

Booty Dancing In Heaven 10/13/03-9/15/12
As much as I try to be one of those easygoing 'spread your wings and fly' types, I just can't stop trying to burst people into flames with my mind.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-02-2010, 03:58 PM
milos_mommy's Avatar
milos_mommy milos_mommy is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 14,555
Default

Honestly if he's got a prey drive like that I would wait until she's quite a bit older. He might be fine most of the time, but if she bolts or makes a squeaky kitty noise that sounds like a chew toy to Argon, that might not go well.

I'd wait until you see how reacts with her running around manically or making funny noises, then go from there...and also until she's probably twice as big as she is now.
__________________
"My favorite color is green, green like newly cut grass. When it comes to green with envy, though, you can stick it up your @ss!" ~ Grammy



http://www.adorablebeasts.blogspot.com
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-02-2010, 07:25 PM
mjb mjb is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,194
Default

Would the kitty feel less lonely if you left her in a crate where Argon and she could see each other, but she would be safe?

I don't know when it's safe to leave them alone, but for us it has taken a long time. It eventually happened over time, but it wasn't quick.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-03-2010, 02:27 AM
Fran101's Avatar
Fran101 Fran101 is offline
Resident fainting goat
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Boston
Posts: 12,253
Default

I've waited until the cats are like.. 9 months. they've been around the dogs, know how they are, know the house and usually have outsmarted them a few times

A dog who is always trying to kill the cat? Never.

but a dog who once in a while is like "hey! I wanna play!" or "omg ur so furry, lemme chase you for a sec!" ehh.. 9 months-1 year lol its kind of annoying for the cats. but they learn to deal. we make "safe zones" all over the house. they have a perch on the window, etc.. where the dogs cant go and they can have PEACE. i think thats important for a cats health

Usually, if there are some high spots in the house, cats have an easy time getting away from pesky dogs.
and usually, dogs wait about 5 seconds of "HEyyyy come down!!" and then lose interest lol
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-03-2010, 07:53 AM
Maxy24's Avatar
Maxy24 Maxy24 is offline
Top Dog
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 7,713
Default

With the first cat we got him at 4 months and he was alone with Max by like 6 months, maybe less. We got Willie at 8 weeks and he was lone with Max by 9 weeks, and it would have been earlier except we were worried Neko might not like him. However Max didn't have a huge prey drive. He would chase rabbits and cats outside and was very interested in Neko when we brought him home but showed no interest in chasing or playing with him, just liked sniffing. Max was absolutely fantastic with the cats.

Since Argon tries to play with the kitten I'd wait until he's quite a bit bigger. Even if Argon isn't trying he could injure the kitten by slapping or crushing him. It's really going to be up to you, there is no set time or size. Just monitor how they interact, maybe when the kitten is big enough for her slaps to make Argon think before he gets into her personal space lol.
__________________
~Erin~



Thank you ~Dixie's Mom~ for my awesome siggy!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:54 AM.


1997-2013 Chazhound Dog Site