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Old 04-02-2005, 10:14 PM
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Question I want a cat (waits to be hit LOL)

I love my dog, I am not planning on getting rid of her but i want a cat. I had a cat, and he died while staying with gramma (we moved to a no pets area and never got to get him back b4 his demise). My girl is a GS/Rot and is very playful. It worries me, because she has her "babies" (stuffed animals) and she picks em up and shakes em. She has never been around cat, but has a small neigbor dog that she runs the fence with. My husband insists this is a bad idea, i say i don't care I want a cat. What do you all think? Size wise...she is about 2.5 - 3 ft tall, 70 pounds. I want to get a kitten when i do get the cat. We have a fish tank and she pays it no mind. Would it be the same with the cat LOL?

I had cats and small dogs when i was younger.....they got along fine. I dunno tho with her breeding.
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Old 04-02-2005, 10:17 PM
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I'm no expert but I would think as long as she's still young she might would accept a kitten.
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Old 04-02-2005, 10:19 PM
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It doesn't have to do with her breeding. The only problem you may run into, is that if your dog has never been around a cat, then it may scare her and cause her to snap. But, I have a cat and got a Chihuahua for inside and the cat got used to her in a snap. I think that it was because she sensed it was a baby and knew not to bite her or eat her. LOL Plus, in my experiences, dogs have always been more accepting to new things than cats. I know peoples' experiences will differ. But that has been mine. Anway, hope you come to a great decision!
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Old 04-02-2005, 10:32 PM
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it takes awhile to adjust two animals to be together..usually it works out..occasionally i know where the cat never walked on the ground again..from couch to table to top of piano to counter..lol anyway i have always had dogs and cats and they have always worked out their pecking order so to speak and lived long lives together..you just have to take precautions when you first introduce each and keep an eye on things to make sure both are safe..make sure kitten's nails are clipped becuase i did have a little kitten that caught my little dog right in the eye..was just a terrible accident...Scamper turned the corner and suprised the kitten..just a fluke thing, so i would make sure they are clipped in the beginning..let the cat be in one room and the dog in the other and then slowly allow both animals to get use to each other..keeping dog on leash until you know that there will be no harm done..cats are pretty good about teaching dogs proper be around cat behavior.
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Old 04-02-2005, 10:48 PM
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Pro47..no kidding cats are not accepting. My sister has a cat named doggie, had her since she was a kitten and she is going on 8 y/o. She just got another cat about 2 years ago and doggie will have nothing to do with moe. When Doggie comes across the living room moe tries to attack her, and when moe is being stupid (standing on her head and stuff) doggie will knock her over. Its hilarious to see but after 2 years they still do not get along. My sis has to fill up the fish bowl (with no fish in it) for moe to drink cause she refuses to drink the same bowl as doggie. I think I am just going to bring home a cat one day and he shall accept it LOL. My kid wants that or a rabbit, I think i would rather have a cat.....
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Old 04-03-2005, 12:29 PM
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Gus was 2 when we got Katelina, and he was wary at first, she was only 10 weeks old and not scared of anything!! It took about two weeks for me to completely trust Gus around her on his own. My advise would be shut the kitten in a room at night where your girl can't get at it, and only have the kitten loose when you are there to supervise. it won't take long before they are like this!

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Old 04-03-2005, 02:02 PM
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You could always go to the humane society and tell them you are interested in a cat but are not sure how your dog will react to one. You can ask them if they can do a "cat test" on your dog before you adopt a cat so you can be sure they will both be fine.

My local humane society will do these "cat tests" where they bring in a cat who is really good with dogs and puts them both in a room to see how the dog will handle it. It is not for sure (of course you can never really predict an animals behavior) but it will give you a good idea on whether or not it will be a good idea.

They should also be able to direct you to an adult cat or type of cat who usually do well with other animals.

Good luck and I hope it works out for you!
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This is the first time since I was about 8 years old that I haven't had a cat in the same house with a dog - and from the time I was 12 it was always a large dog. They always figured out pretty quickly that they are family and must look out for each other.
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Old 04-03-2005, 05:08 PM
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Hi ya i have a cat and i have a dog and they get on fine!! apart from when me cat comes in at niht times fighting with other cats and milo teher growling and the cats to shut up!! lol
so really milo looks after misty really lol!!
Evern the cat gets on with the bunnies too!!
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Old 04-03-2005, 06:46 PM
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Gustav all I can say is awwwwwwwww.m What a sweet picture. I have a puppy/kitten calendar that pic should be in there how sweet.

Bailysmom.....I would so do that if I didn't live in the middle of nowhere LOL. I had no idea that the human society did that and I think its really cool, but the closest pund/humane society is a good 2 hour trip fior me.

As for the rest of ya'll. Thanks! You all have such wonderful advice! I am so glad I founf this forum!!! I think I am going to wait until we move (in Nov) to get one but I am getting one!!! I am determined. Maybe that will be my daughters big Xmas gift...I dunno...but I am determined.
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