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paulz
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# Posted: 17 May 2020 12:15 - Edited by: paulz
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I've been considering getting a cat and have a couple of questions.

What will out 4 year old dog do if we introduce a kitten into the house? He's normally very friendly, never bitten anyone or anything, but he does chase the neighborhood cats when he gets the chance.

We (including the dog) spend 2-3 nights at the cabin every week. Could we leave the cat in the house at home? I'm guessing it wouldn't want to travel.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 17 May 2020 15:25
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We have two cats. They stay home for max 4 days without us. The key here is that they have each other. I think a cat by itself would be very unhappy for more than a day alone. We have taken them to the cabin. If you were to start taking the cat early it would likely travel in a carrier with no issue.

It hard to predict how a cat and dog will interact. Our dog is a chaser. If anything will run its game on. Some cats he doesnt bother because they dont run, if they run he will chase and bark but wont hurt them.

paulz
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# Posted: 17 May 2020 16:50
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Thanks OL, good info. You hit on one of my main concerns. Our dog is a cat chaser, my fault as I taught him to chase ducks at the pond when he was a pup. The next door neighbor's cat comes on our property and he's off, despite my best efforts to stop him. I was thinking maybe if we had our own cat he would learn to settle it down, and maybe be a companion for him. The main thing I am afraid of is him running into the street after one.

I sure don't want to drag a carrier to the cabin, nor take care of two cats, so I suppose it's not for us.

Fanman
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# Posted: 17 May 2020 18:11
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We have four cats at the moment, and at one point had a dog as well (Doberman). Cats are pretty good at teaching a dog that they don't want to be bothered, a swipe at the dog's nose when pushed too far into a corner and the dog learns when to leave them alone. Biggest problem we had was keeping the dog from the cat food, the dog loved it but it made her fart like crazy.

It's easiest if the cat arrives as a small kitten. Giving the cats some kind of refuge is good, we had our bedroom blocked off by an old fashioned baby accordion gate that the cats could easily get through but the dog couldn't. We kept the cat food in the bedroom, too.

As for leaving them alone, we routinely leave them for a week at a time. If we'll be gone for longer than that we'll ask somebody to look in on them but it's not a big deal, cats can take care of themselves. However, we have a cat door so we don't have a litter box to worry about and they can come and go as they please.

Some cats don't mind traveling but others hate it. Best to bring the dog to the cabin and leave the cat at home for some "alone time".

Nobadays
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# Posted: 17 May 2020 19:03
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We have two cats that we bring back and forth from the cabin. It is a ordeal! We never traveled with them as kittens, I know people who started taking them with them all the time and they travel well.... ours do not. We have to put them in carriers and that often involves blood, they will not go in willingly! We found CBD oil helps calm them a little. Keep in mind we go to the cabin in the spring and return late fall. We did bring them up for the winter with us this year, month and a half. This year we came in March and don't plan go return to AZ until mid January.

We commonly leave our boys for a week, no problem and up to 10 days max. Extra food, water and another cat box. As they have gotten older they get into less mischief when left alone... no curtains down anymore! We wish we would have gotten them used to travel as kittens.

Ontario lakeside
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# Posted: 17 May 2020 19:29
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My mother in law has a cat that will not run. When the dog runs at it it stands its ground. The dog gets confused and leaves it alone.

paulz
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# Posted: 17 May 2020 19:59 - Edited by: paulz
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It doesn't sound like a dog and a cat make good companions for each other, one of my other objectives. I see videos of them together but 'tolerate' seem more like it. And even if they did tolerate the dog might still want to chase other cats outside.

I'd most likely get a kitten so perhaps could train it to travel but I wouldn't go looking for it. The dog is in the truck the second he hears the keys rattle.

Last cat I had was 30 years ago but really enjoyed it, it loved to hunt and play. I'm itching to bring one into the house and see what happens but a) nobody is going to lend me their cat and b) I wouldn't want to traumatize it.

Maybe a rabbit...

ratfink56
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# Posted: 18 May 2020 08:00
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Cats love to hunt They are hell on wildlife. I love my cats but have a hard time with the hunting. We have many birds which I also love. But they are regularly caught and eaten.

clintondiya
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# Posted: 19 May 2020 03:58
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I like dogs but really don't care if someone dislikes them.

Also, there are so many different dog breeds that I think there is a dog to fit just about any personality, but pets are not for everyone, I understand.

Pitbulls are a breed I would never get for myself because they are WAY too high energy and the locked-jaw they can get is scary.

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