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Q: the puppy wants to play with the cat.

September 19, 2008 | By mandy r. | 9 answers | Expired: 2147 days ago

mandy r.

our puppy wants to play with the cat but she is too hyper for the cat. The cat will tolerate the puppy untill she starts trying to play rough with him. Then the puppy starts barking at him & ends up with the cat swipping at her. The puppy will yelp & the cat will try to go where the puppy cant get to. I just dont know how to get them to get along. I need help.

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Denice R.
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Sep 29, 2008

You are lucky that they are getting along even a little bit.

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Mekasia
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Sep 21, 2008

Actually, it sounds like they really are getting along already. If your adult cat is "tolerating" the puppy, that's a step in the right direction. He will teach the puppy what is acceptable and what is not, and as an adult, he will simply bail out if the puppy gets out of control.

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Melissa K.
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Sep 19, 2008

They have to become friends on their own terms and in time they will. I have a cat named Nicky who was 7 when I got a mini dachsund puppy. I never forced them to like each other and now (after about 8 months) they play and are friends. Every morning the first thing the dog looks for is the cat and the cat does the same thing. If the dog cries the cat comes to make sure she is ok.

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Marta J.
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Sep 19, 2008

The puppy needs direction from you. He doesn't know any better. When the puppy gets to excited, stop the play! and use a sharp NO command directed at the dog.Take the cat away to another room. The puppy will soon learn that rough play equals no play. If you can't get the cat them remove the puppy.

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Ginogomermisser
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Sep 19, 2008

When I got my rescue cat, I had two dogs and no clue how to care for a cat. I asked co-workers who had cats and they all told me the same....Let them go at it. They are trying to establish themselves in the house. So I did it....It was difficult but I always let them get adjusted UNLESS they were going to harm themselves. It worked and within a week or two, they were sleeping with each other. To this day, my cat thinks he's a dog.....Good Luck

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Deanna D.
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Sep 19, 2008

I have to agree with the other answers if you just let them alone they will make up their own system and eventually get along. they each just have to figure out where the other stands and will eventually get along. from what it sounds like the cat is pretty tolerant of the dog up to a certain point and that is natural. my only suggestion is to have a place that the cat can get to easily where the dog won't be able to go if it needs a break from the dog. they will sort their relationship out in time and will probably end up being at least tolerant of each other and maybe even friends.

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Nora  S.
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Sep 19, 2008

I recommend you give it time. They'll learn to read each other VERY quickly and your pup will soon learn what is right or wrong to do to your cat! Sometimes a good little swipe from your cat will teach him to calm down a little bit.

Make sure to have both your pets spayed/neutered! It will absolutely help with future possible aggression issues and will allow them to live longer, healthier lives! : )

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Logan
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Sep 19, 2008

Just let them be they will learn to like one another. My puppy did the same thing I started off yelling at him becuase he kept chasing her but then they've learn to get along. Now they can lay right beside each other.

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Julie
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Sep 19, 2008

Be patient, and the cat will take care of everything! Puppies and kittens learn from cats and dogs what is acceptable behaviour and what is off limits. When the cat makes a noise, the puppy will eventually learn that she means "leave me alone now", or that she is encouraging more play. When dogs have puppies, the puppies learn from their siblings as well as their mother that, for instance, squeals mean "ouch, you hurt me". Growls mean "stop that". Cats and dogs are not as different as many people think, they can get along well. Just let the older animal set the rules.

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