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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?

Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Mon Feb 25, '08 8:16pm PST 
Thanks again for all the great input! I think I've actually decided to foster for a local rescue for now - it'll give me a chance to see how Henry does with another animal in the house and decide if it'll be a good idea long term, I'll get to help animals in need, and, as an added bonus, I might even find the right cat (or dog) to add to my little family. I'm a little nervous about it, but I'm hoping it'll be a good experience for both me and Henry, and now is the perfect time for me to do it, since I'm living in a house owned by my family (so no pet restrictions!) and am home quite a bit.

I'd love to hear from others who have fostered - please feel free to p-mail me with your experiences. Thanks again!
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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?
Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Sat Feb 23, '08 12:50pm PST 
Thanks for all the input! I'm still thinking about it, but I'm pretty sure this I'd like to go ahead and adopt. I'm giving it until Tuesday so I can thoroughly think it through and get prepared, and since Monday is my busy day, if I wait until Tuesday I can devote most of the week to finding and settling in the right cat (or kitten - I'm keeping myself wide open on age as I look and just concentrating on finding the best fit for me and Henry).

I'm not 100% sure about the dog door situation yet, but you guys have offered some good suggestions, and I'm planning on keeping Henry and the cat separate when I'm gone for awhile anyway, so I can just close the cat away from the dog door unless he/she's being supervised.

Anyway, thanks again for the input, and I'll be sure and let you guys know if/when I find the right cat big grin
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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?

Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Fri Feb 22, '08 10:38am PST 
Just a note: I'm posting this as Beatrix, but she actually lives with my parents (and as much as I would love to steal her away, they adore her). Henry (my dog) is currently the only animal in my household.
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Choosing the Right Cat > Should I get a kitty?

Beatrix- Kiddo

Insane but- loveable.
 
 
Purred: Fri Feb 22, '08 10:36am PST 
I've been thinking about adopting a cat or kitten, and was hoping for some advice. Here are my concerns:

My dog. Henry is a 20-pound poodle mix, and has lived with a kitten before - my last roommate had a kitten, and he and Henry were great friends, and played all the time (their play was fairly rough, so that's something to consider, too). I also think Henry would respond better to a cat as a housemate than another dog, based on his personality - he tends to be anxious and gets depressed when I'm gone or not paying enough attention to him. Adding a cat that would play with him and be his friend would be perfect and even good for him, and, as Henry tends to be very curious (in a completely non-aggressive way) with cats, the cat would have to put up with a lot of sniffing and having Henry follow him or her around, especially at first. So a cat that doesn't do well with dogs would be a bad match for us.

Dog door. This is my big concern at the moment, actually. I just had a dog door installed in my bedroom, which leads out onto a porch that is VERY well secured for my dog - there's four-foot fencing around the inside, the porch is raised off the ground, and the door to it is locked inside and out. But for a cat, I think getting off the porch wouldn't be so hard. I think a kitten would have a hard time opening the dog door on his or her own, but an older cat probably could. There are lots of cats that roam our neighborhood, but I don't feel that it would be safe or responsible to allow my cat to roam like that.

I'll be living in this house for at least the next few months, and then will be graduating from grad school and hopefully getting a job somewhere. My pets will definitely move with me, so that's not an issue. I'm also home a lot until at least May, as I only have classes one day a week and work only very occasional days, which is why I thought now might be a good time to add a second pet.

Any suggestions would be appreciated. I'd love to be able to give a home to a cat or kitten that needs it, but want to make sure that I do it right.
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Behavior & Training > Crazy kitten!

Alec

Short for Smart- Alec
 
 
Purred: Mon Nov 5, '07 9:34pm PST 
His mom actually just got him a harness - he's not quite sure about outside yet but cautiously curious smile We're hoping he can go on short walks with Henry (his doggie brother) at some point.

I'm hoping time will help calm him down a bit... we do play with him, and so does Henry, but he wears us all out... he's just a little ball of wild energy. I'll try to work in some more playtime and hope that helps! Thanks for the suggestions!
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Behavior & Training > Crazy kitten!
Alec

Short for Smart- Alec
 
 
Purred: Sun Nov 4, '07 8:48pm PST 
He's definitely lively smile But he's awfully cute when he's sleeping.

After he tried to climb my leg in the kitchen a minute ago, it occured to me that maybe the attacks are partly an attention-seeking thing? He gets quite a bit of attention, from two humans and a dog, but not as much attention from me specifically as from my roommate (he's actually her kitten, and I have a needy dog who gets upset if I pay more attention to the kitten than to him). So maybe it's his way of trying to get me to play with him?

Anyway, thanks for the advice! Any other thoughts would be appreciated.
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Behavior & Training > Crazy kitten!

Alec

Short for Smart- Alec
 
 
Purred: Sun Nov 4, '07 6:36am PST 
I'm sure this is probably normal kitten behavior (it's been awhile since I've had a kitten, but from what I remember they can be a little wild), but Alec has been pretty insane lately. Mostly it's fine - he plays with my dog and that calms both of them down - but there are a few things that we really need to get him to stop doing.

The main issue is jumping at us and digging in his claws - when he's in a crazy mood I'll be sitting at my desk or on the futon and suddenly feel a sharp pain, as he's jumped up, dug his claws in, and then fallen back. This happens A LOT, and I've got the battle scars to prove it confused As these are usually "sneak attacks," I'm not sure how to curb this behavior.

The other problem is that he won't stop trying to eat the dog's food. No matter how many times I move him or make a loud noise when he gets too close to the dog food, he just goes right back and does everything he can to steal a piece. Even if I mostly keep the bowl empty during the day, he'll try to steal food out of Henry's Kong or find pieces that Henry may have dropped somewhere. While I'm sure the occasional piece won't kill him, I don't want him to think it's okay for him to eat the dog food. Actually, I guess this is an issue of him knowing his boundaries in general, as he also likes to get up on my desk and stick his head in my water glass, no matter how many times I take him off my desk.

Advice on any of these issues would be appreciated!
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Kitten Corner > Introducing a new kitten into a one-dog household



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04/22/2007
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 17, '07 9:50pm PST 
Thanks Delyte! I'm really hoping they become friends. I think Henry could use some animal companionship, and I happen to be both a dog and a cat person, so it would be great if it worked out!
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Kitten Corner > Introducing a new kitten into a one-dog household



Member Since
04/22/2007
 
 
Purred: Fri Aug 17, '07 5:54am PST 
About a month ago, my neighbors and I discovered a litter of newborn kittens outside our apartment building. One of my neighbors took in the kittens and their mom, and my roommate has decided to adopt one of the kittens when they're old enough.

Henry, my dog, has been an only child for awhile, and I'm not quite sure how he'll react. He's a smallish poodle mix - about 20 pounds - and a rescue with some separation/anxiety issues. He's been around cats at my parent's house before, but they were tough, mostly outdoor country cats that are used to dogs - he did pretty well with them and mostly just seemed curious. He's tried to pull toward ferrel cats around our apartment complex before when we're out walking, but it seemed to be more of a "lemme play" motion than an aggressive action - actually, I've never seen him act aggressively toward any person or animal. And the kittens are being raised in an apartment with a dog. So I think having a kitten in the apartment will work out okay, but I am a little nervous about it. My hope is that they'll end up friends and the kitten will be someone Henry can enjoy being around (although this is just a temporary situation, since we're probably moving apart in January, I might consider adopting a kitten myself at a later date if it turns out Henry likes having this kitten around).

Since the kitten will be my roommate's, the kitten's litterbox/food/etc. should be in her room, and we should be able to separate them easily when we're both gone (and will at least at first).

Does anyone have any suggestions for successfully integrating a kitten into the mix? Any help would be appreciated!
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