hello, im new to the site.. so ill tell you a little about myself. I have 2 kids and 2 dogs. A chow chow and a westie. My kids names are haley and hunter, Haley is 13 and hunter is 9.
ok well my question is my friends cat had a litter of kittens and my daughter wants to get one. Well what im scared of is how will the dogs react. I would not want to have it get killed. Have anyone else added a cat to the Family that has dogs? if so,how did eveerything go.
I don't know anything about Chow Chows and Westies behavior. I've heard any terrier can be a little tough when it comes to cats though. My Max is such a mellow guy. (mixed breed - who knows what)He just knows better. I got a kitten last June but she was raised by a breeder with two Golden Retrievers. Allie had no natural fear of dogs because of that so she just took over the house and Max let her. Then I got the other two kitties and from 8 weeks old I could leave them alone in the house with Max with no concern. However, when I originally got Max and we had two older cats and at the time he terrorized them. So I guess it would depend on your dog's personalities and the personality of the kitten. Any time you bring home a new kitten, you need to keep it in a "safe" room at first and then after the first day, slowly introduce it to the rest of the house and critters in the house. You would just have to see how the dogs react. If you see that it's not working and you have to give the kitten back, that would be hard for your daughter. But hopefully she is old enough to understand what is best for the kitty.
ok. She(the kitten) lives on a farm with 5 dogs so she is not scared of them. My westie(Sugar) will do whatever Haley tells her to.(shes her baby) Its more of the Chow Chow that im worried about, because she just killed a skunk so i worried that she might think that the kitten is a skunk. the kitten would be a indoor/outdoor. and when its outdoor im worried that it would get in the back yard with Snickers(chowchow) but ive told Haley exactly what you said about if it does not work out we had to give her back.
OOOHH! Having killed something before, that's a little scary. (and in the case of a skunk, a little stinky ) My dog goes on the theory of "if you run I will chase you" so for my kittens not fearing him and not trying to run was a good thing. In your dog's case, a little healthy fear might actually help the kitten. But being born on a farm, they have probably been exposed to a variety of situations. You will never know until you introduce the kitten to the dog. My dog only goes out on a leash (condo life) and the cats can't go out at all so my household is a different situation. Good luck!
why not make the kitten an indoor only cat? It is much healthier and safer for a cat if it is not allowed to roam . Are you planning on having the kitten spayed? This should be done before six months old so the first heat doesn't result in a pregnancy. If you want the kitten to have outside time a run with the top enclosed would be safe. I have Bullmastiffs a Chihuahua and a Rat Terrier and three house cats and have never had a problem with them getting along. I do Bullmastiff rescue and have to watch each new rescue dog to make certain it will not hurt the smaller dogs or the cats.
haha, well ive almost two acres so yes we have a diferant household lol. well my husband and son are a little alergic to cats. so i wouldnt want to have the cat in the house 24/7 and of course i am going to have her spayed if we get her.
You have some tough choices to make. You could get the kitten and every thing could work out great. However, your kids could be traumatized if their beloved family dog killed their new pet. If you're interested their are steps you can take to reduce allergens. That way your cat could be indoors. We used to comb and bathe our first cat quite frequently. I've since grown out of it. There are also allery covers for mattresses and pillows and special vacumn cleaners.