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Surprise newcomer, how long should I give my dogs to get used to a cat?

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Stephiib14, Nov 11, 2020.


  1. Stephiib14

    Stephiib14 PetForums Junior

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    Last night there was a situation in which a cat needed somewhere to go or would likely have been drowned... so I volunteered my upstairs because my doggos don't go up there.
    Kitty has however made herself comfortable in the house and comes downstairs despite the dogs and wants love and fuss from my daughter who now wants to keep the cat... I can afford to keep her... I have the time etc... but I need the dogs to accept her, I've explained to my LG that thats what we need to do and if they aren't all happy we will have to find a rescue place or something for kitty cat.
    Of course its new to the dogs, how long is a reasonable amount of time for me to keep the cat and see how it goes?
     
  2. Nicola234

    Nicola234 PetForums Senior

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    Hi
    It took my dog about two weeks to get used to my kitten, you can try swapping scents, rub a towel on one of them then the other. Introductions with the dog on a lead or the kitten in a crate to let them get a sniff at each other. Good luck :)
     
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    Stephiib14 PetForums Junior

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    Thankyou, the dogs aren't so bothered by the cat as the cat is the dogs. It was just totally unexpected and all of a sudden here we are with a cat, so I've not done much research on it and don't want to push it too long for either the dogs or the cat should they fail to get along, thats not fair to them and I don't want to stress any of them out too much x
     
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    Arny PetForums VIP

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    It took a month to fully introduce my previous dog with kittens.
    On day one one of those, now cats, were fine with my current dog (she never batted an eye at the cats) but the more skittish cat again was probably a month till she was much more comfortable coming downstairs when the dog was awake.
     
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