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Hi---as I mentioned on catsite earlier, am getting a Siamese kitten. Someone reneged on a kitten in one litter, so I am picked a tiny little lilac point Siamese last Sunday. She won't be ready to come home for another five weeks, however. How adorable at five weeks.

I also have two dogs---male 2 y/o Golden and 15 month female Rottie.Any tips on how to introduce all the critters? The 12 y/o Siamese cat and 3 y/o 125 pound Rottie who died of smoke inhalation when my house burned three years ago were the best of pals. And the dogs I now have are trained---from Puppy Kindergarten to present Novice Obedience classes---but they are not used to cats. They've seen only a few. Their curiousity was aroused, but that was about all.

After the first kitten adjusts, will get another one from the shelter.Understand it's kitten season soon, and most shelters euthanize even the kittens because there are just too many tobe adopted.

Am reading "Cats for Dummies," which is helpful, but actual experiences of others is more so. Thanks TWitEm@aol.com
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Gatsby-I read cats for dummies when I first got my kittens and I found alot of the information helpful. I don't really know how to help you on this, but my suggestion is to get a baby gate or something that the dogs can't knock over or jump over and put the kitten in a room by herself/himself with the litter box, food and water and leave the door open so that they can see each other and sniff each other through the gate and hopefully they will gradually become acquainted enough so you can let the kitten out to be around the dogs. Hope this helps!
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Cat to Dog Introductions

The key to successful cat-dog introductions is to expose them to one another gradually under controlled conditions. You want to avoid creating situations where the cat runs away and the dog's prey-chase instinct is activated. If your dog has previously lived with a cat, and your new cat has previously had positive experiences with dogs, they may progress quickly to tolerating one another. However, if you have an adult dog who has never been socialized to cats, the introduction should be a very gradual process lasting up to 30 days. In either case, train your dog to sit and stay reliably before bringing your new cat home. This may give you somewhat greater control once the introductions have been made. Remember that these steps are progressive, so go on to the next step only when you feel your dog and cat
have "mastered" the previous one.

1. On day 1, confine your new cat to his or her own room at first. After a few hours, confine the dog in a fenced-in yard or basement or separate room, and allow the cat to explore the rest of the house. Then put the cat back in his or her own room, so the dog has an opportunity to become familiar with the cat's scent. Put a baby gate up but leave the door closed.

2. On day 2, crack open the door to the cat's room a couple inches and allow the dog to sniff and see through the opening for 30 seconds. Reward the dog for appropriate behavior. Repeat this step a couple more times during the day. Continue to give the cat the opportunity to explore the house when the dog is securely confined out of sight.

3. On day 3 and subsequently, increase the "viewing intervals" by short increments until the dog can watch the cat quietly for a few minutes. Reward good behavior.

4. Allow the dog to view the cat with the door completely open, with the baby gate still in place, for a few minutes at a time. If the dog is tolerating the cat, go into another room. Call the dog to you and play a game with him or her. Then ignore both animals (but keep attuned to them!) and engage in some other activity. The dog
will start to lose interest in the cat.

5. Eventually work up to leaving the door to the cat's room open, with the baby gate still up, whenever you are at home. Always close the door when you are not present! Some pet owners will always need to keep the dog and cat separated when they aren't around to supervise, but others will find that after a couple months' probation, the dog and cat are OK together by themselves. It's far better to err on the side of caution, however, to prevent tragedy. Even after your dog and cat are peacefully co-existing, make sure that the cat's food bowl and litter box are out of the dog's reach. Keep the cat from approaching the dog when the dog is eating or chewing on a bone.

Hope this helps.
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