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Old 05-09-2017, 05:07 AM
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Not sure if I should put this under the Cats or Dogs forum. We are adopting an adult dog and already have a cat at home. The dog does not seem to have a strong prey drive but we are planning to introduce them slowly. This is the first time we have a dog and I have read the theory but still have questions about the logistics. At first we were thinking that the dog could stay downstairs and the cat upstairs until we are sure that they get along. The cat is used to sleeping in our bedroom. At the same time I have seen it recommended that we should keep a new dog close to us at night (and he's not yet house trained). What is the best solution in this situation? I was thinking that maybe I could sleep downstairs close to him for a couple of nights. It would be helpful to hear about the experience of others.
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Old 05-09-2017, 06:40 AM
 
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Since the dog is not yet housetrained I would crate it at night in your room. That way kitty is not put out, and they can be in close proximity. Don't give the dog free run of the house at first either.
Depending on the dogs size you might also consider an ex-pen until it is housebroken.

Also, I would put up baby gates to a few rooms at least at first, so the cat can get away from he dog if it wants to.
I keep one baby gate up to my room (and master bath whe I keep the litter box). One of my cats actually likes to play with the dogs, but when he has had enough of the puppy, he just goes over the gate.

Good luck! I'm sure others will have advice as well.
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Old 05-09-2017, 10:10 AM
 
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Agree, crate the dog in your room at night.

How big is the dog? I've used baby gates to separate them (there are also pet gates that have a small door in the gate that a cat can fit through but not a large dog. Of course, if the dog is large enough and strong enough it can always pull the gate down.
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:28 PM
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Thanks! I wasn't sure if crating for the whole night from day 1 is possible. The dog is about 40 lbs. During the day, we were planning to use baby gates to keep him in the kitchen/breakfast area at the beginning while he's adjusting.
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