What would be the best way of introducing an 8 week puppy to a 12 years old cat ?
I've got a puppy-proof kitchen and a crate.
I was thinking about confining the puppy in the kitchen for the first few days, except when walking him or playing with him of course.
Then maybe let the cat come into the kitchen while the puppy is in his crate, and go from there.
I'm guessing progressively increasing interaction is the way to go, is it ?
Any tip, advice or experience is welcome
It depends on the personality of the cat, but I think you're on the right track
We had a similar situation, had to get a kitten to warm up to a six month old black lab pit mix and an old shihzu mix
We just kept him in our laps and let them sniff him at first, then we would lay him with them while they were sleeping and let them walk up to him while he was on the floor
At first he got pissed and stood there or just ran, but after only two months he was laying next to the old one on his own and he plays with both of them enthusiastically
I wish you the best of luck! Cats and dogs being friends is damn adorable
Thanks for replying
Well I would say 2 months is not that long. I really don't know when we'll be able to let them interact without any supervision, or if we ever will, but I'm looking forward to it.
And yup, it would be really awesome if they could end up getting along fine
I always thought my cat was a bit autistic, but about a year ago she brought in a kitten she found in the neighbourhood, and took him to her kibble bowl. We put the kitten outside, and my cat went out and brought him back. The kitten had a a phone number written on his collar so we brought him back, but seeing my cat helping the kitten like that was really surprising, even more so since she's neutered
TLDR : I have good hopes my cat will get over it
Firstly, give the puppy back to the breeder. You made a mistake buying it from whoever you did; they're a BYB and you shouldn't support them in the future. It should stay with the mom for at least two more weeks for socialization, especially if you don't have any other dogs.
I'm saying it's probably a shit breeder and it's not great for the dog especially if you don't already have a dog. Any breeder worth the amount of money a puppy costs would hold them for another two weeks.