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Q: WHat Kind of Cat will be good for my Cocker Spaniel

April 9, 2009 | By Kingston09 | 5 answers | Expired: 2011 days ago

Kingston09

I wanted to adopt a cat for my Kingston because I know he must be lonely during the day and I don't really have the engery to adopt another dog, it's too much work for me. Please let me know what cats or if you kno wanyone to need me to adopt a cat that don't mind a 10months old puppy!

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Jillian
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Apr 13, 2009

american cocker spaniels are generally better w/other animals than english cocker spaniels, they were bred to be more family oriented than their english counterpart. depending on which you have may tell you how much socializing your dog will need to a new cat.
cats are pretty adaptive to dogs. once they see that the dog is not going to harm them, they're normally receptive to friendship. your focus should more so be how your dog will behave around a new cat. he'll be excited and interested, but if you can control their introductions, everything should fall in place.
kingston should be kept on a leash until your new cat gets comfortable w/him, and new cats should always be kept in their own room until they're use to their new environment. i don't mean kingston needs to live on a leash, i mean that the first several visits need to be supervised and he must be leashed during them. it also must be kitties choice to approach him.
cats love dogs that they can trust. some cats are more casual during meet and greets than others. neutered males w/dog experience are best. orange males in particular are laid back. if you want a purebred, i would go w/larger breeds such as the ragdoll or maine coon or more intelligent breeds such as the bengal or vans. female cats are generally more skittish than males.

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Norrie
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Apr 09, 2009

I know this will sound odd but I've seen it be true several times. Many cats like dogs the same color than them, maybe it just looks lkie family, not sure. My childhood cat was a black & white, she came first and my dog was mostly cream with some black and tan BUT my last dog was an all black medium sized dog and my tiny frightened black feral kitten took an immediate liking to her. The dog let her grab & nibble on it's tail, not even a growl.Doubt if I'd feed them together though. Good luck but I'm sure it will work out fine!

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5ineveryroom
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Apr 09, 2009

The real issue is not if a kitten will like your dog, it is how will your puppy handle a kitty. There is a very good chance that a 10 month old puppy will see the cat as a chew toy. Is he an energetic pup? Does he like to chew things/toys? Does he run around and need tons of attention? Think how unfair it would be for the poor cat to spend its days being chased, barked at and chew on by a puppy.
If you really want a cat, first see how your pup react to them. When we adopted our dog from teh shelter, I brought him into the cat house to see the cats and see how he would react. He totally ignored them, even the ones who were hissing and swatting at him. That is when I knew he would do just fine with our cats. At the time we had one old cat, one middle aged cat and a kitten(all three have since passed away). They took a little bit to adjust to the new creature in the house, but once they got used to him they were fine.
I have 6 cats and one dog who all get alone perfectly. My dog is a very calm, very passive 10 year old mutt. He doesn't pay any attention to the cats anitics. He will even lay his head in their lap if he wants them to clean his ears. But dogs and cats do not always mix. Some cats will adjust more quickly than others to the dog. It all depends on how the dog acts.

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Catangel11
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Apr 09, 2009

You never know. Cats have there own personality, and don,t like being trained but if you get it when it is just a kitten it will probably get along better with your dog. hope it helped

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Brenda W.
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Apr 09, 2009

I honestly think it's far more important at this stage to see what your dog is like with cats. Some dogs love them, some ignore them, some chase them, and others will attempt to eat them. Depending on his behavior, I would then advise a certain age. At this point perhaps you would be looking at an older kitten (6 months+) who is big enough to defend itself if need be, but is also still interested in play.

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