A pitty is a pitbull.she is 5 years old and the cat is 5 weeks.she has grown up to people saying "where's the kitty"or "get the kitty" and she would go nuts.thats y i need help cause it is coming in in two weeks.
Rocky my boston grew up with that. He goes totaly bonkers if you saw weres the cat or get the cat. when we got him we already had a cat and we kept a close eye on them for about a week. He got the cat and he got a scratch on the nose and now they play like crazy, they sleep together, they do everything together. Now if we say get the cat he will still go bonkers but will just run up to him and lick him or head butt him or sometimes he will dance around the cat. Its quite funny and the cat just lays there eather sleeping or giving him a look like "what is wrong with you?"
Just keep a close eye on them and keep them appart when you are not around untill you can trust them to play nice together. Play with them together and appart, With a little time and some luck they should end up getting along great.
I would be extremely careful. Dogs with high prey drive may see the kitten as prey and act accordingly. Has your dog ever been around cats? If not I would seriously reconsider bringing one home. It very likely will end in disaster.
How does your dog react around small animals, example, birds, rabbits, small dogs? My pit bulls grew up with existing cats. They have accepted them as part of our "pack." There is the exception to my pit bull Grace who does not like the Siamese since the cat use to torment her as a pup.
Any other small animals they see they consider prey. Grace will kill rabbits, gophers, lizards, and even birds if she can catch them.
I would use extreme caution introducing a 5 yr old pit to a small cat. First I would just let the dog adjust to the sound a kitten makes. Maybe keep it in a small carrier so the dog can smell it and hear it. Don't force the dog to accept the cat by putting it in the dog's face. I would keep the cat in a carrier or small cage in the dog's presence for a good couple of months
Introduce slowly...keep them apart when you aren't there...animals should always be supervised when together...
I own a pittie...alot of them have a high prey drive..but it doesn't necessarily mean that they won't get along with other animals...with that being said, if your dog IS animal aggressive, you won't be able to keep them together...they will always have to be separated when you aren't watching...
I also agree with the age factor..the kitten should be with mom and the litter until at least 8 weeks of age.
I never thought with my Pitty Tigger that she would ever get use to small animals such as cats ,let alone living with another dog. Well she's proof that anything can be done with time , patience , and diligence. Tigger has extreme prey drive and dog on dog aggression. She lives with 3 cats (Sparky who's the new kitty) , and another dog. The way I did it with the first cat Heidi was keep them seperarted when no one was there to watch them. When some one was home it was slow introductions for a couple of months until Tig got use to the idea of a cat in the house. When Heidi had a litter of kitties Tig was the one who cleaned them and took to them.Now 9 years later I can bring any cat in my house and she'll be cool with them.Now keep in mind any cat that does not live in the house that's part of the family,ground hog ect out side in the yard she'll kill.Be careful and take your time with the intro ,but it can be done.
***Edited By: rednosered on 10/13/2006 7:51:43 AM*** Reason: ##