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Old 12-03-2012, 09:36 PM
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Ok so I have 2 chihuahuas. A boy and a girl today my moms bf is moving in with us bringing his 2 cats! Also a boy and a girl. The boy is a regular american cat and the girl is a maincoon...ive met the girl cat from far and whenever I get close to her she wants to bite..if I bring the dogs around the cats they get angry and stick out their teeth. Anyone have any experience on this..any advice will help
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Keep the dogs and cats separated for a few days and let the cats settle into their new surroundings. It may be most helpful to confine the kitties to one room (with a door) and let them and the dogs acclimate to each others' scents initially.
Don't pester them, and definitely don't let the dogs bother them -- especially if they are bigger than your pups. Cats are very sensitive and may freak out until they learn that this is their new home and family. Older cats will take more time to adjust than kittens.
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Good advice from Marty. I just want to add that it's a good idea to get the
kitties some towers and shelves, so they could be high up, watching their
surroundings, but feel in control, out of the dogs' reach.
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Good advice from Marty. I just want to add that it's a good idea to get the
kitties some towers and shelves, so they could be high up, watching their
surroundings, but feel in control, out of the dogs' reach.
oh yes! I can't believe I forgot that (especially since I'm sitting here looking directly at the cat tree my bf made for our kittens! Lol)! Cats love to be able to look down on their world. As LS said, it makes them feel in control and safe. Also, having a couple high places to call their own, where the little lions can get a good view of their kingdom will help to keep them off the table and kitchen counters (not important to everyone... but a definite no no in our house!).
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We have 3 rooms. In my room I sleep with my boy chi & he loves lounging there, my moms room is where my female she sleeps in her small bed. & theres the other room that will be only for the cats. They are older cats & they already have both beds there and a little scratcher right infront of the window where they can climb..theyre still not here but I am nervous since tonight they are sleeping here. Thanks for ur advices
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Gates to deprecate them, the cats can jump over if they want to get away and everyone can get used to everyone smells and all


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I meant separate them sorry, spell check


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We introduced our chi into a house with two cats. We made sure our spare room was the cats, gated this off and put their things in there. We also gated off upstairs and arnie is only allowed upstairs at bedtime. One cat adjusted fine, he has always slept on top of our wardrobe (strange I know) or on our bed with us so no change really for him. We feed the cats upstairs as we free feed them and learnt the hard way that arnie is partial to cat kibbles! The other older cat hasn't taken to arnie at all but we expected that as she's a miserable old lady! She LOVES her room and comes out to shout at the dog or when her food bowl is empty!

I read somewhere that when you introduce them make sure the cat is higher than the dog so they know they are boss?! Not sure if that was wrong or right but it worked for us.

The cats will probably be stressed from their move as it is so probably best to wait a while before introductions.

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