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Tips for Adopting a Cat into a Dog Dominated House
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You can find the Nutrish items in separate aisles. I found the wet Nutrish in the same aisle as all the treats and cat supplies. The dry Nutrish was found with all the other dry products.
I never knew a adopting a cat almost 13 years after I lose my last childhood cat, would change our lives so much.
Cupcake is sitting here purring next to me. I guess you can say she was more than meant to be a member of our family. Cupcake is our new addition, adopted in June. Adopting a cat was supposed to be a reward for our son sleeping in his own bed like a big boy.
The journey started at one animal shelter and led us to another. I had only one rule about adopting a cat into our home. She must a be a Calico. I grew up with many cats but the two that I bonded intensely with in nearly 25 years of being a cat owner, were both Calicos. When my last childhood cat passed away, I just became a full time dog owner.
At the first shelter, they had just done a cat promotion so they really had only a few kittens. Something possessed me to look up how far the other shelter was in our area and I immediately saw a photo of a three year old Calico currently named “Munchkin”. I knew that most animals posted on the websites were never available, but also figured they might have a larger selection as they were a larger facility.
As we walked in, I went to the front desk to ask how the adoption process worked. Before the man could finish telling me, an insanely loud “meow” had my husband and son walking to a corner of the shelter. At that moment, they met “Munchkin” before I could even ask about her. She called out like she knew we were there and we were destined to meet her.
My son and family had dealt with so much loss and death the past two years that giving a furever home to a new animal was really a defining moment when we found out how “Munchkin” landed in the shelter. She had been brought in by a neighbor who said her owner had passed away suddenly. She lost the human she loved most, just as my son had lost his partner in crime, my Mom.
We had to wait a few days to pick our new baby up so she could get checked out with the Veterinarian, but before we could even leave the parking lot, she had been named “Cupcake”. Cupcake was going to be coming to a dog dominated home. Three dogs….two that we knew had never been around cats. Our other adopted pup we could not confirm one way or another. This could get really interesting. Luckily, I grew up with both cats and dogs in our home.
Tips for Adopting a Cat into a Dog Dominated House
- Keep the animals separated at first. Let the cat roam the home, find their litter box, their food, and their comfort zone.
- If you have children, sit them down to show them what is the proper way to pet and hold the cat.
- If you have multiple dogs, let them come in, one at a time. The cat will be nervous at first and it is easier to separate two animals vs. multiple.
- The dogs may bark, sniff, or even growl. If the cat seems to have tension, separate them immediately. Providing your cat a place higher (cat tree or mansion) will help them have a place to view the home environment.
- Do not under any circumstances put a bell on your cat! As much as it may help alert you to where the cat is, it also gives her no stealth when trying to avoid the dogs.
- Pick up a few flavors of both dry and wet food so you can let them tell you what they prefer. I stocked up on Nutrish as our dogs love the brand. All Nutrish dry dog and cat food is natural with added vitamins & minerals. You can find most of the products at your local Dollar General.
- Keep the cat’s food out of reach of the dogs. This not only gives her a chance to eat in peace but keeps the dogs from possibly eating his/her food.
- Reward the dogs for good behavior around the cat and separate and scold if they chase, snip, or bark.
- Typically it can take up to three months to blend them all together with daily interactions. If a cat is scared they may hiss or swat at the dogs. This is normal behavior.
- Any time the cat and dogs are close together without altercations, praise the dogs, pet both animals together if possible. You want to show the animals there is harmony and neither should be jealous.
Adopting a cat or dog in to your home is one of the most selfless actions you can do and teach your children. Adopting a cat or dog that is already an adult is also easier on the family as far as bathroom training. No matter what animal you adopt and bring in to your life. You and the animal are both going to have so much enrichment and feel fulfilled.
I get joy in my heart every single time my son asks me, “Mommy, when we walked in to the shelter, what did Cupcake do”? As I reply, “She meowed for you to come find her because she knew you were there to take her home.” He smiles and says, “Yep, she didn’t want someone else to adopt her. She is my kitty.”
Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends. Have you thought about adopting a cat or dog? Already adopted? I’d love to hear your stories or if you have any questions, please feel free to comment below!