Need help introducing new kitten to my dog

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  1. pendragoncorgis

    pendragoncorgis New Member

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    My niece's cat had kittens and I have plans to bring one home this weekend (two days shy of being 9 weeks). Shippo is 10 months old (Pembroke Welsh Corgi) and unfortunately I couldn't get him around any dog friendly cats because I don't know of anyone who has one but he has been around a lot of cats. He barks at the cats he was around before and I can't seem to get him to stop so that's one thing I need help with. When he barks I shut his mouth and tell him quiet (and praise for being quiet) but he can't seem to grasp the concept, however he hasn't been around the cats for an extended length of time nor very often so that could be why. Should I just continue that? And I know the herding/chasing instinct will have to be curbed, having owned the breed before, I just never had one that barked so much at them.

    But now I have a new problem... maybe. I brought him over to my niece's house on Sunday to see how they did with each other (my mom brought her Yorkie there before and my kitten was the only one that warmed up to him after a few minutes) so I could see what I was up against when I brought the kitten home. The mother was supposed to be upstairs but she must have gotten past my niece when she went to go get the kitten because she practically flew at Shippo and attacked him. Which I understand of course but I fear it may have damaged his previous relationship with cats because it scared the crap out of him. He screamed and tried to get away from the cat while my niece and I tried to get her away from him, she got scratched pretty bad and I got a scratch on my foot in the process. But when she brought the kitten out he was scared to go near him and wouldn't stop barking. He calmed down after a little bit but he still refused to go near the kitten so we (boyfriend and I) took him home.

    I think tomorrow (Wednesday) I'm going to bring him over to my mom's house and see how he reacts to one of her cats, the one he has seen the most. But in the meantime, just how should I introduce the two? I never had to do delicate intros before because cats were already in the house when I got my last Corgi and my Doberman several years ago but my cat had passed away in December and I didn't get another because I was living at my mom's house at the time and she already had two cats, there wasn't enough room for me to get one. This is probably going to give me a headache.
     
  2. Romy

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    Usually when we'd introduce our dogs to a new cat or introduced a foster to our resident cat, we'd keep them totally separate for two weeks or so.

    During that time they wouldn't see each other, but they'd get fed on opposite sides of the same door and I'd get their smells on each other. When I finally introduced them the cat was generally loose with the dog on a leash.
     
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    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    We keep a new kitten or cat in a separate room with a gate across. We have a gate with a small door in the bottom where the cat can go in & out. We let the cat decide at it's own pace about exploring the house and other family members.
     
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    Do you have a Petsmart with cat adoption area? I couldn't get my girl around cats at all when she was a puppy, needless to say she eventually ran right into one, literally collided with it while getting her ball, and has been a terrified hackle raiser around them since, just the smell of a cat got her hackles up. So, I've been taking her to the kitty adoption area of our local Petsmart, where she can see and smell them, but not physically get at them. Hotdogs and a clicker, look at the kitty from a distance *CLICK* ~hotdog~, get closer and closer, she can be right up to the cages right now without much problem, except she gets jealous when I'm giving a friendly one attention and not her and tries to get in my lap and shoves her nose in my face, lol.

    Anyway, for you I'd suggest this if you have a place that allows "on-leash" dogs in store with a kitty adoption area. Get nearest where he isn't barking but notices, stuff a cookie in his mouth, if in that location (no barking) exists just get as far back as you can and wait for a split second where he isn't barking, stuff cookie in mouth, SLOWLY move closer and keep it up. With this program, you are using "neutral" cats, in a secure area, making it easier to replace his negative behavior with something you want.

    Hope that helps.
     
  5. Emily

    Emily Rollin' with my bitches

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    This. Grabbing his snout for barking and all that isn't going to help. Treat like he's reactive (because he is!). Don't punish him for reacting, you're just pairing cats with more unpleasant things and shutting down his warning system.
     
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    My lab and Lab/Beagle hated cats. The neighborhood was full of cats that ran loose and they were constantly coming into the yard and eating out of the dog's dish. When we kind of got stuck with a kitten, we solved the kitten issue this way. We put the cat carrier in the middle of the family room floor, and let the dogs in and for the first day, they were mesmerized. Over the next few days, they just burned out and got bored with the kitten and on day 5, we took the kitten out, and the Lab made one last lunge at him, and the kitten arched his back and hissed and the dog seemed to be amused by that. And from that point on, the cat was ignored for the most part by the Lab/Beagle, and the Lab would touch noses with him when they passed each other. The cat would sleep with the dogs once in a while too, but in general, they ignored him. Out in the yard though, cats were still subject to attacks.
     

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