|Purred: Mon May 27, '13 9:29pm PST |
|I think it is smart to delay getting the kitten til the 16th. Be very careful with introducing the kitten to the dog. The kitten will likely be terrified of the dog, even if the dog is ok with kitten. Introduce SLOWLY. I have a doberman and 3 cats, one of which we jut took in in december, and it was a slow process, but it worked out fine. You have to teach the dog that it is NEVER ok to chase the cat. Ever. Use treats. I sat on the floor with my dog, making sure she was restrained and let the cat walk around and PRAISE, PRAISE, PRAISE, the dog and give him treats saying "you are such a good doggie!" while the dog is being calm around the cat. This has been a the best way I know to train them to be in harmony together. However, if your dog cannot be calm around the cat and goes after it, it may take a lot more than this method. You will jsut have to see. Has the dog ever been around cats? Also, even if it seems the dog is fine around cats....I NEVER leave my cat around my dog. My cat is put up away from the dog every time. You just never know.
As far as your July vacation. I would consider boarding the kitten. THat way you know the kitten will be safe. I would be worried about the kitten just getting settled in your house and then leaving it, or taking it elsewhere, unless you absolutely know that the person is going to watch that kitten like a hawk and keep it safely in a room. If you do have to bring it to someones house, tell them to contain the kitten to one room, do not let it roam. You will not be gone that long and a week or two would be fine for the kitten to remain in one room, and safer than letting it roam around a house it is not used to. Too many risks for the cat to get out, get into something, and get hurt or lost, or worse. I trust my vet and I would board the kitten if it were me. My older cats, we have someone check and feed them twice a day, and care for their litter box, and that is fine for them, but I would never leave a young kitten home alone for those lengths of time. My kitten even now, at almost a year old, he is not free to roam the house when we are gone, because of the dog and becaue he is still naughty. He goes into his room, which has a cat tree and a window, and he is fine in there while we are gone. He sleeps in there at night too. He has lots of time out, but he is not old enough to be trusted to roam the house freely yet and a baby kitten is worse. You need to baby proof your home like you would do if you had an infant, and watch them like a hawk.
Good luck with your new baby How exciting!
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