After a while she came home and get the cat from under the table checked if he or she was hurt. But not, is fine. The Cat is bet. 6 month or a year, very friendly with people, is not wild. By the time Shanti did approach to smell him/her, didn’t react aggressive. It was so funny when Shanti was standing outside and the cat passed under his legs. Or when I call Shan to come, the cat also comes.
Now the cat wants to be inside the house during the day, so Shanti chases him all the time. So “mishi” is getting upset. (As I don’t know the gender, I call the cat “Mishi”) Shanti sleeps inside the house and the cat outside.
The food is an issue. Shanti eats the cat food, and the cat Shanti’s food… Last night Shanti saw the cat eating from his bowl, thanks gosh that I was there because he got so angry. I catched him on time!!!
Today I am going to the vet for a check out and with lot of questions, i.e.: I don’t know how many times at day cats eat, etc.
I am trying not to change Shanti’s routine. He stills the “king of the house”… therefore, the adaptation is going well (On Saturday I thought about Marianne, with 3 dogs, doing the adaptation!!! She is a Saint!) .
Tips regarding adaptation bet cats and dogs will be welcome!
Shanti, Dani and the cat
Congratulations on the new addition to your family. We have two dogs and nine cats and they seem to coexist quite well. Of course, we had to put the cats food where the dogs couldn't get to it or else the dogs would eat it....leaving nothing for the cats. It took a bit of time to figure out the right place, but we managed. And, the cats also help themselves to the dogs food....fortunately the dogs don't seem to mind that. For your information - we feed our cats wet food twice a day and have dry food down for them all day.
Our sheepie has claimed three of the cats as HIS. And they love to play games with each other - tag is a favorite. It isn't at all unusual to see one of the cats chasing Baxter through the house.....and then when they reach a certain point (it seems to change each day) Baxter will then chase the cat the other direction. At night, Baxter and the cats will curl up together in one big mass of fur.
We have also set up a "safe" room blocked off with a baby gate with a cat size hole cut in the bottom. This gives the cats a place to rest when Baxter gets a little too rough. The cats may go into it for a short time....but then get bored and come out looking to paly with Baxter. And life get noisy again.
|Jennifer..gasp you have 9 cats? yowzers! I thought I had a lot with 4!! You must be one of those super nice people that take in rescues - good for you!!
Danik - Congratulations on your kitty! I liked the advice Jennifer gave you regarding feeding the kitty in a seperate place and of course the baby gate with a hole cut into it. Seems all of us that have cats, do this giving them at least one room where the kitty can have some peace. Cats also have an advantage whereas they can jump high to get away from over exhuberant pups. Then again, this drives the doggies crazy and should this happen, Shanti will probably bark and bark..saying "hey you come down here and play!".
It's important to note that dogs will continue to eat, eat , eat should they ever get into a bag of food and can overeat making themselves ill..cats pace themselves and will only eat little nibbles so it's safe to leave out some crunchies for them to nibble on during the day after their meal in the am and pm. Just be careful where you place the kitties food, however,
as Shanti will think "oh look what mom left me!".
This breed is known for being very gentle and viewing smaller creatures as needing their care and protection. It's pretty amazing when you think of it...a cat drops right into your balcony, Shanti accepts it...all meant to be.
Keep us posted on how everything is working out.
Yes, we really have nine cats (mental note: do NOT volunteer at the local animal shelter). However our last "rescue" cat was one that we suspect was abandoned (or dumped) by his previous family. We started feeding him last summer when we noticed that he was trying to get the grease from the catch basin on the grill - and was he skinny before we started feeding him! The local animal control officer helped us catch him last September.
He is still very timid...however is not afraid of Baxter at all. In fact, Baxter is able wash the new guy's face without getting batted or hissed at.
Jennifer & Baxter
|Woowwww!!! How do you do with all? With 2 Im going crazy!!! Thanks for the advices guys!
Seems a lot of fun seeing them playing. I can’t wait to see happening that with my new 4 legs.!!!
Today I gave canned food for breakfast as Shanti eat all the dried one. So now I place the cat food outside and Shanti’s in the kitchen. The same thing with the water. I someone doesn’t finish it, I put it away.
At this moment, the cat is sleeping in the bathroom (door is closed) and Shanti is next to me.
Last night while I was watching tv, was very fun to see the cat sleeping curling into a circle on a seat next to where I was and Shanti resting on the feet of Mishi and checking all the time the cat sleeping. There were a lot of face-to-face encounters.
I am trying to learn the body language of the cat. It is so different from dogs! Also to close all doors as yesterday I found him at my pans cupboard. In addition, I am not use to silent steps. He is like in everywhere. Now with commands like come, both of them came.
This morning I woke up with him mewing and Shanti barking. I am not a morning person and I love to have in peace my first cup of coffee, but I couldn’t as I had 8 legs following me. Think that I would have to say chau to my peaceful mornings.
Also, I think the cat had enough of Shanti as today he got batted & hissed. The cat also hissed me when I tried to get him down of my bed for the third time. So as he wasn’t too tolerant this morning, I kept him alone where Shanti can’t get in. It has been 6 hours, and he is still sleeping, is that normal?
Shanti, Mishi and Dani
I don't know much about cats either. I think they can sleep up to 14 hours a day, bu tI am not sure they do that consistently.
Did the vet check for parasites?
Funny, when we were living in Bahia Blanca there was 4-6 cats on our balcony most mornings. That's why we got Abbi actually. Every morning she had to chase the cats off the balcony and out of the back yard and patio. She loved it. And we never had another cat in our house down there.
Now I cannot get her to stop, sigh! Makes it hard to go for a walk in the neighborhood.
As a dog owner I would have bundled up the cat and removed her from my bed so Shanti wouldn't get any ideas. The cat could sleep anywhere, it doesn't need your bed. And Shanti will not get jealous of it if it doesn't get special priveledges. Just a thought.
|We have a cat too (just one). They definitely are different from dogs in many ways. Riley is especially people friendly and likes to hang out with us when we watch TV, read, etc. Don't worry if your cat is still sleeping after 6 hours. They are expert snoozers! Sometimes my cat is asleep on the bed when I leave for work in the morning and still there when I come home at lunch time. His favorite place to sleep is on my head! That cat is a pillow hog! He gets along ok with the dog but gets ticked off sometimes when Truman tries too hard to make him play. Riley acts like he thinks he's the "top dog" around our place! You've probably heard this saying: A dog thinks "They feed me, pet me and give me toys, they must be gods." A cat thinks "They feed me, pet me and give me toys, I must be a god." I think that about sums it up! Enough rambling.....for now!|
A dog thinks "They feed me, pet me and give me toys, they must be gods." A cat thinks "They feed me, pet me and give me toys, I must be a god."
That's hilarious & how true!
Shanti & the cat sound like they are getting along just fine.
Re: the sleeping, cats sleep even more when it is raining and some times they can forecast when it is going to rain as they will sometimes sleep on their backs before and during a storm.
Re: the bed sleeping - cats take up much less bed space than an OES and are great feet warmers in the winter.
Re: eating - if you don't want to feed them in separate rooms try an area where you can elevate the food where Shanti can't get to it but they cat can jump up without any problem.
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