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I wonder if any of you have cats and if so how did it go with a new puppy. I have nine cats and Denver has been accepted by seven of them
the two that do not like him he has already learned to avoid. The seven that do not seem to mind just sniff at him and walk away, they seem to know that he is a baby and it is no big deal. I am very pleased as I was not sure how having ten animals was going to work. I keep telling the two that just like to hiss at him that they better look at his paws as he is going to be a big boy and they might wanna make friends.LOL


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P.S. The key for my house is that I do not make a big deal and I think that is why the majority of the cats do not either. Plus the cats get lots of extra hugs and kisses and treats so they still feel very special :)
 

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We have three cats. One is about 13 years old, the other two are 4. One of the younger cats seems to be more curious about Kenai than anything else. However, all of them are keeping their distance for now. Like you, I am just going to let them get adjusted at their own pace and not make a big deal out of it.

The two younger cats have been spending a lot more time outside in their various hiding places in our yard lately. The older cat mainly stays upstairs and doesn't like ANYBODY (hahaha) anyway, and especially never got used to the two younger cats. So, they all know what to expect from each other. It seems that the cats do know that Kenai isn't just another ugly cat, so maybe there won't be a big problem adjusting.
 

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Cats & Dogs Together

Hi Jac:
Thanks for the website, it is good to have other opinions.
When I chose a Labradoodle I did because research showed me that Poodles or Labradors are usually very good with cats. A border collie might want to herd the cats etc. I am also able to section off my indoor area and outdoor area so no matter how friendly every one seems to be, when we are not home Dog and Cats will not be together. (They can see each other but no contact) Keeps everyone safe when I am not around to supervise.LOL

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Sounds like a really good plan... :D

The only experience we have with our dogs and a cat is that when we brough Bayley and Lexie home, they wanted to play with the neighbor's cat...they didn't know that the cat wouldn't like them...the cat kept coming to our fenced yard and our dogs would be so happy to see him...until the cat (a biiiig guy) took a few swipes at them...then the dogs decided to bark and chase him off. Now they think that all cats are bad.

I think that they learn the boundaries and respect them...sometimes they need to do battle to define the boundaries, but it all works out.
 

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When I read this I let out a big SIGH! LOL!. I have 2 cats and one of them has 6 week old kittens. My cats and the kittens hate Leno. They like to sit on my washer and everytime he walks by they swat at his head, and he doesnt even do anything. Sometimes its very comical! The other day I decided to let Leno sniff the kittens (hoping that maybe they could all get along). And one of them ran away and he decided to run after it. Well it sure did make the mom MAD, she came after Leno and tore him up.

Leno just wants to play with them and I know he doesnt want to intentially hurt them but they just arent interested in him at all. I think it would of been better if we got Leno when he was a small puppy, maybe they would of gotten use to him better.

So....in my house the cats and dog are a big pain in the butt!! :mrgreen:
 

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When I was young, my mother had a dog (mutt...I love mutts :wink: ) named Ginger, she always had a nervous problem anyway...and a furrowed brow...
Well, one day my aunt visited and brought her pregnant cat...of course the cat had her kittens and they all stayed in the bedroom...
Ginger had never seen a cat or kittens before, but she knew that she had to stay away from the mama cat...so one day, the mama was not in sight and Ginger snuck (literally crouched and crawled) in to sniff at the kittens...she got about a foot away and mama cat screeched out from under the bed...grabbed onto Ginger's back with all fours and RODE her down the hall and into the living room!
Ginger spent the next month shaking under a chair...poor girl.
Nope, I'd keep Leno away from the kittens...mama cats protect their young.
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One of my cats hates the doods. She will not be in the same room with them. The other one teases the doods. She won't let them near her, but she sits right where they can see her and not touch her. She preens for them. George and Grace really really really want to play with her, but all she does is tease. There's some hissing and swatting, but the cats always run faster and climb higher. Let's just say there's no love lost there. In my experience a kitten will accept a dog and maybe even get to be buddies as they grow up, but a grown cat has no use whatsoever for a doodle. Except to torture them!
 

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Funny!!!

Jac:

Your story is so funny I can not stop laughing. My experience leads me to believe that grown up cats will except a puppy but not a full grown dog.
My friends brought over their 6 year old shepherd and my female cats surrounded him and went on the attack we had to rescue this great big dog. My male cats all went to hide in the closet. So far with Denver the cats do not seem to mind him at all except for one who as much as she loves people she does not like other animals period. He already avoids her.

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This is what I love about the forum...sharing stories and laughing at other's experiences...

Thanks guys!
 

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Jac , your story made me laugh.(and take a journey down memory lane )
..I too had a dog named Ginger a corgi type mutt....She ran off our mother cat and we found her taking a nap trying to nurse six very frustrated kittens...I guess the mohter cat was just too tired to care and let her do it ...If we would take a kitten away Ginger would go pick it up like the mother cat did and take it back to the basket .
 

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Oh, my gosh, Jackie! How cute!

You know, when I hear stories like this I can't help but wonder how some people can believe that dogs and cats have no emotions, no soul...how can anyone say "it's just a dog (or cat)"?

I am so grateful that I recognize the gift we have been given in caring for our pets and so grateful to have found this forum where such apprciation is shared by many of my friends.
 

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Jac...I was just reading your last post and I HATE it when people say "its just a dog". It makes me so mad and sad that so much animal cruelty goes on in the world. About a month ago on the news a man found 2 dogs shot in the head on the side of the road. He called the police and the officer said "the most we can charge the owner for is littering". Isnt that aweful? Apparently in Vermont its legal to put your own dogs down. I can sort of understand that but the owner obviously didnt have respect for the dogs just to toss them off the side of the road, so to me that seems more like cruelty. And my husband always watches those animal cops shows on Animal Planet, that always sickens me the way people treat their pets. And again the owners ususally just get a slap on the wrist and a fine for like $500. I agree that this forum is great. Everyone here loves and respects their doodles and their other pets and thats great!!! I could not imagine saying to Leno "your just a dog" or to my cats, birds, and fish at that!
 
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