New Puppy + Old Cats = ???
May 21, 2007 1:59 PM Subscribe
Will getting a puppy ruin my cats' lives?
posted by tastybrains to Pets & Animals (31 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My husband and I are finally leaving the apartment world and moving into our first actual HOUSE next week. OMFG yay! This brings us a lot of opportunities, including the space and ability to adopt a puppy.
We both grew up with both dogs & cats and do want to adopt a dog in the next year or so. However, our 4 year old cats are our babies, and I am afraid of how they will react to getting a dog. I don't want them to decide to live under the bed or be perpetually freaked out. I think they might be because they have never seen a dog before, and the one time they saw another cat (who was in a carrier in my apartment for all of 20 minutes), they both hid under the bed for 3 days. Oh, the other cat was a 10-week old kitten, btw. Either of my full-grown cats could have eaten him in 2 bites.
My cats are currently 4 years old and in good health, though one of them is afraid of his own shadow. The other one is high strung, but I think she could handle a dog. They are littermates and since we adopted them they are the only animals each other have seen up close.
So, I would like to hear from people who have introduced a puppy to adult cats. Is this possible that it might work out well? Is it likely my cats will just be pissed off forever? Should I wait until we have kids and the kids ask for a dog so I can put this decision off another ~10 years?
One thought I had was maybe to see if we could borrow my brother-in-law's dog or my sister's dog for a week or two to see if my cats can tolerate that. I know at the very least they will have to bring the dogs when they come visit. Should I wait to see how that goes? I just think that a weekend is not a good sample since the initial freakout would probably last a few days.
Would it be a better idea to just get a third cat and pretend it's a dog?