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Cat visitors???

We have a cat that we got as a kitten when Pixie was almost 1 year old. They play with (and tolerate) each other very well. My son, who has 2 cats -9 months old, is moving back to our area thru a job transfer and will be staying with us for a couple of months. He can't find a place for his cats to stay, so I'm afraid they'll have to stay with us. Does anyone have any insight into how this might affect our pets? Our house is set up so that our son will have the downstairs and so would his cats. I just don't want to have to deal with bad behavior problems that could develope with our pets and I'm scared that they may feel "invaded upon". Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. PS - Pixie loves EVERYONE and EVERYTHING that moves....

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You are lucky that Pixie is so good. Your situation would be a nightmare for me with Smarty, she would drive us all crazy trying to get to those new cats. Then I have no idea what she would do.

You may try introducing the cats one at a time, with her disposition she will probably accept them with no problem. Good luck and let us know how it works out.

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Mimi and Slink

Hi! we've had some friends that moved in temporarily and brought their cats with them. They had two, one of which we believe has gone to kitty heaven as he was old and has not been seen recently.

To start off with, both cats were outside. They had been used to being inside a garage type room, but I am not fond of cats and would not allow them inside the house. Now that there is only one, he settled being outside quite well while the weather is nice and comes inside the garage as he pleases. I see him standing by the sliding door or he'll greet us on the porch when we get home. I quickly let him run through the house to the garage.

At first Mimi would bark and howl at the cats. I don't think she liked them too much. If I was not home apparently she would be okay with them both being outside in the backyard and seemingly playing together. She is okay with the cat now and begs to go outside when she sees him in the backyard. I can't say that He likes her much, but tolerates her. She really tries to play with him and rub on him while she can. I see him on occasion roll over and let her bug him. Mimi will sometimes hump him if she gets a chance.
You can see pictures of them hanging out here.

So, I suppose what I am saying, is that at first if they don't seem to get along, they might eventually. If you think Pixie might have an issue with them the separation of areas is a good idea. Otherwise, I'd say introduce them on neutral territories and see what happens.
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Thanks to both of you! I would definately introduce them slowly, especially since these cats have never seen a dog before. And I'm sure Pixie will be determined to visit them downstairs. Guess we'll see what happens - just hope she doesn't start showing me she's not a happy camper by leaving me "presents" around the house!!!
I loved the pics Elizabeth, thanks!!!

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Elizabeth, I enjoyed the pictures of Mimi and Slink - they could be Abby & Tiger! They play just like that - Tiger not real enthusiastic but he will come to the window wanting Abby to come out so I guess he really does like her!! Tiger even looks like Slink and as you can see by my Avatar - Abby looks a lot like Mimi, too!

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Good luck and I hope it all works out. From my limited experience introducing cats/dogs, it's either love at first sight, a relationship that blossoms over time, or a mere tolerance of each other's existance. But I think it can be done eventually overtime where one can finally let their guard down.

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I know lots of cats and dogs cohabitate but cats always make me nervous around dogs. Like everyone else said introduce slowly, I have a lot of cats not by choice but they keep on showing up here and some of the feral ones are vicious. Some of the cats are gentle and sweet and I don't worry about them but the others I just do not trust. I'll not mention the bad stories and I hope everything goes well.


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Ferel cats and domesticated cats are two totally different scenarios. Ferel cats are always in "survival" mode for very good reason. There are ferels and there are strays. Your typical domesticated cat has a very good chance of being introduced and coexisting with dogs.

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Ferel cats and domesticated cats are two totally different scenarios. Ferel cats are always in "survival" mode for very good reason. There are ferels and there are strays. Your typical domesticated cat has a very good chance of being introduced and coexisting with dogs.
I look at feral cats as being from domesticated stock...living on a farm all of the cats are strays and we have had many of them, some wonderful some awful. Oddly it was one of my show cats many years ago that damaged an eye on one of my Sheltie bitches...I just don't trust some dogs with cats so I would be uber careful.


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Thanks everyone! My son has had the cats since they were tiny kittens and he says they're very sweet and cuddly. They may be staying at my Mom's house now, since she has 2 cats, no dogs....Here's hoping it all goes well!!!

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