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Pet advice!

Sugar Pea

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Hey guys! It's been a really long while since I posted in this blog in particular, but I need some advice.

 

Several days ago, my mom saved a pug from getting euthanized at 10 AM the next evening. They were going to euthanize her for no apparent reason, because no one came and took her in. Mom felt sorry for Roxy (that's her name), and now she lives over here temporarily since we are moving into an apartment soon.

 

Now here's the problem. As of two days ago, let's just say my cat, Sophie, isn't taking this so well. We had a dog in the house before, but I am afraid this has blossomed her deep distaste for dogs since all the dog did was try to "play" with her. Anyways, the first time Sophie saw Roxy, she immediately hissed at her and started growling. I know this is typical cat behavior, but i'm worried for my cat.

 

Sophie hasn't came out of my room since, because Roxy keeps chasing her and barking. I literally realized that today when I noticed her food bowl hasn't been touched, so I literally had to bring in her food bowl in my room. As I speak, she is still eating and I gave her the food 10 minutes ago. She hasn't purred or looked me in the eye since, and i'm afraid my cat may be upset or depressed about there being another dog in the house since she is used to all the attention since our previous dog, Maggie, left. She won't even let me cradle her like a baby as usual!

 

Is she mad at me, and will she adjust to the fact of there being another animal in the house. We have a bird too, but she doesn't mind her because she's in a cage.

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It's been a while since I had cats, but they are close to my heart. =)=)=)

 

As far as I know cats need care and attention they wont take new pets too well if they come, but I think it should realize that you are not abandoning her because of the dog.

 

My sister has 2 dogs and 3 cats and she keeps their food bowls in different areas, I dont know how she dealt with the cat dog interaction at the beginning but these days they dont chase much each other anymore. Though it has been a while since I last visited her.

 

I not sure if this will work but I suggest that you get the cat and dog little by little closer so it wont come all of a sudden *hug*

 

Good luck =)=)=)=)=)

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I don't think your cat is mad at you, just stressed. Cats get easily stressed when they're in a situation they can't really do anything about. They are very territorial and become upset when someone new is 'intruding', but slowly they will become accustomed to the change.

If you train the dog to not touch the cat (telling it off when it goes after the cat, teaching it to sit/stay/lay etc), the cat will feel safer in the house and start leaving your room again. Don't force her to be in the same room, just leave your door open so she can go out when she has enough courage, but try to keep the dog out of your room so the cat can feel safe.

You can make it work if you spend lots of time with both of them :)

I hope you can make it work! *hugs*

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I've had two cats for a month now and they're still not getting along, bringing another pet into an already pet-owning household will cause trouble. They may get along in a few months or they may not. She will either learn to adjust or eventually just avoid Roxy and not care. But for now try to keep them separated and slowly introduce them to another.

 

Getting the scent of the dog and putting it in the same room as the cat is a good way I've heard, and then eventually let them see another but with something like a fence blocking them from one another. It's a complicated process and will take months or even a year so be prepared for that. If all else fails, just assign a room to one and a room to the other. 

 

Same-sex pets usually don't get along very well. 

 

Also I had no idea that killing-for-space shelters were still around, I got my cats from a no-kill-unless-ill shelter : s

 

Oh and make sure you take that dog to the vet as well, you never know if it could be sick, since inner illnesses can't be seen. 

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Thanks guys! I would quote you, but internet explorer isn't cooperating (need to switch to Chrome.) I'll try my best to spend as much time with her as possible. She is in heat too, which could also be a reason, but I think it may be because of the new dog.

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Make sure Sophie has somewhere safe to be, away from Roxy, and try and dissuade Roxy from bothering her.

 

Cats can object to the introduction of other animals, you just have to make sure Sophie feels safe and that Roxy is not a replacement.

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Cats are fickle when it comes to sharing an owner. Some more than others. Most cats however do eventuallly get over it, and even tolerate the dog playing with them, as long as the dog isnt too rough.... Give it time, and allow both to interact in a moderated environment. 

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