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I'm getting a 9 week old puppy on Friday and I'm a little worried about introducing and socializing it with my cat. We've socialized her with a bird and rabbit in the past but nothing as big as a puppy. Also, the breed is large full-grown so he's a bit bigger then him. Can you give me any advice as to how I should do this properly? I want to avoid them fighting or hating each other.
Also, I was thinking of separating them when I can't supervise them. Is it a bad idea to keep a dog and cat alone together? I know many people who leave there cats and dogs together all of the time, but I've also heard many stories about one injuring the other.
I appreciate your help in advance! Thank you!
 

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you should never leave a cat and a dog alone together, ever. always let the cat have somewhere to go to get away from the dog.
i cant comment on socialising them together as my dog is pants with cats!
 

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Yes, let your cat have a "puppy-free" area. We have the spare bedroom blocked off with a baby gate. The cats always have somewhere to go.
Never let them be alone together.
Teach your puppy the "leave it" command. If he gets too frisky with the cat, give the command.
Use distraction, too, for instance, if your puppy seems fixated on the cat, give them leave it command, and then, ask your puppy to do something else you've been teaching him, like "sit" or "down". Or, after the leave it command, try interesting your puppy in a game with you. That way, he won't immediately go back to bugging the cat, because you've got his mind on something else....
 

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Your pup should be crated or otherwise contained when you're not there anyway, so not a big deal. Have several 'escape' routes for the cat to get away as needed, up onto the couch, behind the TV and out, that sort of thing. If puppy goes to chase the cat call him and reward him with a toy or food, do this often and he'll give up on the chase the cat game. Most cats will stay out of the way anyway, and your pup will start to see the cat as part of the household and be fine with things. Likely the cat will give him a good swat if needed and set the tone - don't get on the cat's case for that, just let them figure it out (cat will figure out a warning swipe will do the trick most of the time, puppy will figure out cats can swipe). Just don't assume that your dog will instantly be good with every cat in the world! Mine are fine with the resident cat, getting used to the new cat (he's very shy so doesn't come around where they see him as much), but don't hesitate to chase or go after a cat outside the house at all.
 

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Alright thanks guys, I'll do my best! The puppy is coming home Friday so we'll get everything prepared for then.
 
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