I may be getting a eight-week-old Golden Retriever puppy at the end of Agust, early Sep., and I'm wondering how to get the cats to live in peace with the puppy.
I have three cats, Beautiful, a ten-year-old spayed female, Patches, a five-year-old spayed female, and Tiger, a four-year-old nutered male. Beautiful would probably hide under a bed and grumble, Patchy will either fall in love with this 'motherless' baby or, (more likely) be worried about her for a few hours and then simply deside to walk around the puppy, Tiger is the one I'm the most warried about. He has had bladder problems and doesn't like dogs very much (he likes new cats even less though), and he really doesn't like when dogs bark at him, but when one comes over he won't let it out of his sight.
Anyway, my question is, what is the best way to get them to know each other?
You may never get your cats to love the dog but I'm sure the dog would tolerate the cats since he would be raised with them. A new dog might create a lot of anxiety and chaos and peace may never be achieved.
Adult cats in my experience tolerate puppies and well mannered dogs better than they do the addition of a new cat. Make sure there are places the cats can't get to so they can excape from the puppy if they need to. Don't interrupt the cats if they are smacking puppy around because he's getting too rambanctuous. A few well placed scratches to the nose and puppy will learn to respect the cats.
If puppy is insanely hyper in the presence of the cats, keep the puppy on a leash to keep him in check.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
I agree with Minniyar. I have cats, and they all have their claws! If I saw a cat try to scratch the pup, I let them alone. I figured it would be a lesson well learned, and I was right! To this day, the dogs know their boundaries with each of the cats-what they will tolerate and what they won't. I find it best to let them work it out on their own, as long as no one is placed in any danger. (other than a scratched nose, of course!)