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Old 04-03-2005, 06:51 PM
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When u do get a cat make sure you have a place for the cats to run to that the dog can't get to. That way the cat can have a nice safe place.
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Old 04-03-2005, 07:55 PM
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Well if you wern't in New Mexico I would say you should adopt one of my foster kittens coming in.
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Old 04-03-2005, 08:14 PM
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Omigosh, Gustav... what a PRECIOUS PICTURE!

As for cats, let me tell you my story. When I got my Yogi (original yella lab) who had been a stray, I think he used to eat cats to stay alive. He comes to my home and I had my big ole white cat, Catfish, who thought he's a dog, anyway. Yogi would just want to attack and KILL him every time they were in the same room. But Catfish would just stand up to him, get right in his face, and YELL at him like you wouldn't believe. Yogi was so confused. He would actually try to fling him with his nose as if to say RUN RUN, I WANT TO EAT YOU! And Catfish would just get right in his face and YELL. He would also punch him in the face with his paws -- and he was declawed! He'd use Yogi's head as a battering ram all the while YELLING. Yogi finally gave up and decided cats were "ok" and didn't mess with him anymore. After everyone was acclimated to each other, they started a new thing. Anytime Yogi was in trouble for something and I was reprimanding him, Catfish would come flying into the room and get right in his face and YELL and YELL at him and do the battering ram thing to his head! I called him "The General" (a.k.a. Bobby Knight). When Yogi would do something bad, I'd say "Don't make me call in The General"... Lol!
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Old 04-03-2005, 08:44 PM
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I had a pair of cats in NC that lived with the stepmoms confirmed cat killing dog. Everything was fine from the word go. When it was cold the kittens slept on the dog or crawled into his couch on the porch. The dog Le Mutt taught the cats to open the porch door and they would follow him around the farm, he would even protect them from the other dogs on the farm. Eventually they would even chase the horses with all the dogs, 2 greyhounds, some sort of Australian mut, and Le Mut a black lab/bouvie mix.

Currently the cat was here before the dogs, she showed up as a stray kitten and wouldnt leave. Erp the Cat was about 8 months old when the roommates got their pup. She was a little over a year+ old when I brought Blue home as a pup. She puts up with the dog play to a point and then its of to one perch or another. The older the dogs get the less they try to ruff house the cat.
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Old 04-04-2005, 05:34 AM
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My friend has an English Setter called Palma, and a cat called Whiskey, and if she wants the cat in for any reason, she says to Palma go and get Whiskey, so Palma goes outside finds Whiskey picks him up gently by the scruff and brings him into the house! Whiskey just lies still in Palmas mouth while she carries him! It's sooo funny/cute to watch!!
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Old 04-04-2005, 07:46 AM
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Great pic & story.

I don't think bringing a dog to the humane society to meet a cat will bring ideal results as it's not a relaxed atmosphere like being at home. Also, from my experience so far, cats take their time to approach dogs and know better. It took mine anywhere from 1 week to 2 weeks to approach a dog. It's a gradual process, but you have to be patient. I used to put up a gate across a bedroom where the cat could go for security (climbed/jumped over) from the dog until the day came when it was no longer needed. My CJ 11 1/2 years old was never around another dog or cat until 2 years ago when she met Tiny. The first week we both thought it wouldn't work between CJ chasing Tiny and Tiny hisses at CJ. Well we just kept telling CJ "no, make nice to Tiny" and after that week passed it got better. Now, CJ & Tiny are best of friends; Tiny rubs up against her all the time. Patience is what's needed.
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I have 3 dogs and 3 cats. Jasmine doesn't really mind the cats at all. Maggie is the same size as the cats so they don't really mind her. But Katy... oh goodness. She's very playful towards other animals, it doesn't matter what it is. The cats are used to Katy, but it took them about a month to realize she isn't going to hurt them, and that she's just a "stupid dog" (according to the cats). Katy still chases them around a little bit, but nothing major. So in my experience it matters mostly on how curious the dog is. Jasmine couldn't care less about the cats really. They'll lay next to her and play with Maggie and SOMETIMES play with Katy. I don't think size really matters because Katy is almost 60 lbs, and she doesn't bother the cats a whole lot. So I would say go ahead and get a cat if that's what you want. Make sure the litter box is out from where the dog can get to it because dogs will eat what's in there. Hopefully it works out for you.
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