|Purred: Wed Aug 28, '13 6:34pm PST |
|It's Stella. A long time ago, our person had a lovely doggie, Trinket. She was a fixed female but she had had puppies when she was young. She was a collie/chow mix, so pretty big, 40 pounds or so with long collie fur. When our person first got her, she had one older cat who did not like dogs. Trinket tried to be friendly and playful but the cat was having none of that and scratched Trink's nose. That cat left and about three years later we got another one who was a kitten. They played wonderfully and were the best of friends. Sometimes it looked a little rough but the cat never got hurt--it was always Trink who was getting bit or scratched. She would try to back away but the kitten was forceful. Eventually as the kitten grew up, they played nicely and slept together. This cat was killed by a car at age 4. We then got another kitten a few months later. This kitten was separated from her mother too soon and became convinced that Trink was her mother. They played together like a mother and puppy, and again, the dog got the worst of it. My person came into the room once and Trinket was standing there and the kitten was hanging around her neck, biting her fur and kicking her! Trink had the most patient but beleaguered look on her face, like, "Look what I have to put up with!"
The answer is that it depends on the dog, its temperament, its background and upbringing, etc. It will change as the kitten gets older and eventually the kitten will not try to force the older dog to play. It sounds pretty okay, there will be wounds as animals do play rough, but it sounds like the dog knows when to back off. Sometimes those kittens can be awfully rough, even when they are playing with people. Keep everyone's claws trimmed well, and it probably is a good idea not to let them play together alone or leave them alone together until they can work out a method of playing.
We all think it sounds perfectly horrifying, but our person assures us that Trinket loved these kitties, having been raised with them since early puppyhood, and we would feel the same way if we had been raised with dogs.
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