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Any experts with advice please.Our dog is being aggressive to new kittens.

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NonnaMai Thu 25-Apr-13 17:34:38

We have a 6 year old Weimaraner and a 17 year old cat. They live happily together by ignoring each other.

Yesterday we got two kittens. I knew the dog would be interested but thought a quick sniff and she would ignore. Sadly no, when I introduced them she lunged and snapped. I pulled the kitten away and the dog just caught her fur.

There is no way I will keep the cats if they are going to be in danger, but the dc are already besotted as am I .

I am going to buy a large dog crate this morning. I thought if they live in there for a few weeks until the they are bigger the dog might get used to them. Is that a stupid idea?. We re-homed the dog three years ago. She is brilliant with the dc but can be extremely protective when people come to the house.

Any experts out there this morning. I need to go out in a minute but will be back later.

NonnaMai Thu 25-Apr-13 17:37:02

I know Weimaraners are hunting dogs but she has never shown any inclination to chase cats before. I just took her for a walk and we followed a cat for a long way down an alley. The dog looked but as usual made no effort to chase.

Lilcamper Thu 25-Apr-13 18:58:06

It is very important that the kittens have somewhere safe to escape to that the dog can't reach.

RedwingWinter Thu 25-Apr-13 20:33:38

It's not fair on the kittens to keep them in a crate. They need a chance to explore, do lots of rough-and-tumble play, and learn about the world.

NonnaMai Thu 25-Apr-13 21:16:42

I'm not keeping them locked in. They have just gone in having been out since 4.15pm. When I go to bed they will be allowed out with the dog shut in another room.

I've just got the crate so I know they are safe when the dog is around. I'm hoping someone else will tell me dogs do tend to get used to cats as they get bigger.

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