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New Puppy, Aggressive Cat

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I just brought home the sweetest little 4 month old bored collie-poodle mix and my cat is FURIOUS. I understand why, this is her home and hes new but i dont know exactly what to do. I have been keeping them seperate with a touch of interaction but she juts likes to swat at him and its terrifying the little guy. He definitely knows whos boss and has no problem letting her run the show. Im hoping they will calm down in a week or so, is this realistic? Shes already less stressed around him after 2 days but i dont want him to get hurt. Thanks!
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When we brought Loki home (he was 8 months), our two cats stayed in the basement for a good 3-4 days, completely separated from him. They could hear him, but that was it. Then we transitioned to a baby gate between the basement door and upstairs - they could see each other if they chose to, but still no interaction. Once we decided to have everyone 'together' we kept Loki leashed until he learned the cats were not to be chased (with a good 'leave it' command). We went so slowly.. it took us at least 2 weeks to work up to the leash togetherness. Today, we have zero problems. Granted, it also depends on the cat(s) and dog.

I would make sure your cat has her own space.. lots of high spots to get away from the dog with and continue to limit interactions until the cat is a bit more comfortable and the dog shows less interest.

Good luck!
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