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Q. I have a 7yr old Malamute & a 10 yr old Puggle. I recently married and my husband has a 13yr old cat. We want us all to live under the same roof.

Answered By
KATIE SHANNON

A. I think your question relates to is it possible for everyone to co-exist happily, and this is definitely achievable. It will take plenty of time for the pets to adjust to each other. I would start by having the dogs visit in the house with the cat safely located behind a closed door like a bed room. Just keep the cat safe, and the dogs busy but allowing them to smell items the cat has been on. Take the dogs out of the room and allow the cat to also get used to the dog scent. Then you should be ready for introductions. I would have the dogs on leash and the cat in the same room with a very easy escape route, alternatively you could have the cat in a safe crate so you can allow the dogs to see/smell without being able to touch or hurt. As long as the dogs do not show aggression towards the cat you should be able soon allowing them in the same room, under strict supervision and ALWAYS make sure the cat has an escape route and access to a dog free room. Never leave them unattended together until you know how they will react to each other. Persistence and determination, mindful supervision and time and soon everyone should be able to co-exist


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