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Advice on adding a cat to the family
We got our wonderful puppy, Muthu, about a month and a half ago and things are going terrifically! We always envisioned adding a cat to the family eventually, but weren't sure when. My fiance thinks it'd be a good idea to do it while Muthu is still young (he's four months now) so they can grow up together and get used to each other. I have no idea whether adding a new member of the family would be too stressful for a puppy and if we should wait another year or two. Any thoughts on a good time in a hav's life to add a cat friend?
If we did get a cat, we would get one around the start of summer (2 months from now). My partner and I will both have a lot of time off and be around to supervise constantly. We would be adopting a cat from a shelter. While we'd both like a kitten, would it be more advisable to adopt an older cat that already has experience with dogs? Would it be better to get a young kitten who we could mold? We'd obviously look for a more social cat who would be open to all of Muthu's affection (he has lots!).
I'm not really worried about him liking a cat because he LOVES our neighbor's cat/ any living creature he seems to meet. He's never been aggressive on puppy play dates or with other people. I do worry about a kitten though seeing how aggressively he mauls his stuffed animals! What kind of experiences have you guys had? How long did you have to supervise your dog and cat together?