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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:54 am 
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Hi there. I know this comes up loads but I was hoping to ask for advice on whether to get a dog. I'd love to get one now that I have a courtyard, but my 8 year old cats are very attached to me as it's been just the 3 of us for a long time. They're very vocal and can be demanding of my attention (wonderful natures though and no behavioral issues). So I'm very nervous that this could be a disaster. I've been researching and reading lots of articles and then realised I should be asking the people who might know best - other bengal owners!
So, seeking advice on: Do I even attempt this? And if so, am I better off trying to find a dog a couple years old that's been around cats before? Or is a younger dog better? I'm meeting a 5 month old pomeranian shihtzu cross in a few days so potentially this could happen very soon. (I'll only get a small dog as my yard is quite small)
Thank you for your time!


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:50 pm 
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Welcome to our forum. You have asked a difficult question. We have posts where there have been issues when adding a puppy to the mix. Usually, it's the poor dog that gets attacked because puppies tend to be overly playful. Then, you can see pictures online of dogs and bengals sleeping together. It depends on the personality of the dog and the personalities of your cats. It's always a gamble. You need to go into this thinking the worst and hoping for the best. Only you know the personality of your cats. Cats can show jealousy as can pups. Each pet needs to have their own space and three will require some space.

The problem will not be with a dog accepting your cats. It will the cats accepting the dog, who has now entered their private territory and may appear to be a threat. You do not want behavioral issues to start in the cats (spraying, not using the litter box, getting stressed out). If you have any friends with a dog, why not have them bring the dog over and see how your cats react. Many breeders have dogs and socialize their kittens to be around dogs. My bengal does not like dogs and we met several on our daily walks. Raiden has actually attacked some that got a little too close for comfort and his previous owner stated he did not like their dog.

The thing is .... you could have three loving pets who get along. They may not in the beginning, but they would probably learn to co-exist. You would have to use time and patience as your friend.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:35 am 
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Best thing you can do for your dog and cats is be sure to train your dog. A puppy class for basic obedience and socialization is a good start. Don't let your puppy chase or pounce at your cats, what may be cute/innocent when small is not funny once the dog grows up (even a small dog). A small dog can still injure a cat (even by accident) and a cornered cat can be dangerous as well.

I have a collie/shepherd mix and as a herding dog I had plenty of things I had to work him on, no chasing/herding and how to play nice/gentle. He also had a phase around 6-8 months of age... of resource guarding and not wanting the cats to go near his kennel/toys/bowl but now he could care less. I used positive reinforcement and basic obedience. When he was calm (even if that meant telling him to sit/down), he got a treat and praise, when he played gentle nice, more praise and treats. When he was a pup and got too worked up, I would give him something else to focus on or a few times he had to get a 10 min time out in his kennel with a bone so he could get his composure. Now everyone is a happy family and the cats and dog play together frequently.

I have always had bengals and dogs together throughout the years and they all seem to really enjoy each others company but I always trained my dogs to approach cats appropriately and I socialized my cats with dogs when they were young too. No one was ever given a reason not to like each other.

It will be more difficult if your cats have never seen a dog before and I would give them treats too to try and get them to think of a dog as something positive.

This is my trio.

ImageIMG_20170901_190839 by Tana Jahangier, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 5:26 pm 
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Aww, tamberav, what a gorgeous trio!


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