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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-12-2015, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

We found a female kitten be hind our house, I'm interested in keeping it. My husband says our dog will kill it. She is a VERY sweet girl but has proven her hunting abilities (birds, ducks, squirrels & 1 raccoon).

My question is: If I do everything slowly & properly, should I bring this kitten inside? Has anyone had success with this or similar experiences?

I know cats are different than people & dogs know it, but she has been an angel with our now 11 month old son.

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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

Don't do this.

Cats and dogs can live together, if they're introduced to each other as babies. Sure, there are those who will say otherwise and there are utterly adorably YouTube vids of V's playing happily with cats, but the stories you hear and the vids are so precious b/c they're truly the exception. Besides, a kitten out back is feral. You really don't want to mix a feral kitten with an adult V, it's not a fair fight.
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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

For another opinion, vizslas are highly intelligent and with training and supervision, one with hunting experience can certainly learn to distinguish between a fellow house pet and prey. My breeder even trains her dogs to retrieve feral cats in Hungary, but they still get along with other cats just fine.

I've always had cats and dogs together so I have never had to introduce an adult dog to cats for the first time, but I have successfully introduced my bird hunting pup to domestic birds, chickens, and to various other farm animals. They are more than capable of making the distinction, but be proactive in setting boundaries.
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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

we always had cats and dogs (along with a menagerie of other pets) when we were growing up, the dogs however were kennelled outside and the cats would always curl up on a lap in the evening....can anybody guess where this is going? haha

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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

I had a cat and 2 guinea pigs and a budgie to start with. Then my boyfriend(now husband) moved in. He brought his cat into the house. The budgie died. in 2013 we got a Hungarian Vizsla puppy. The dog doesn't do anything to the guinea pigs. The one cat deals perfectly fine with the Vizsla, but still sometimes gets harmlessly attacked by her. The first cat still is very wary of the dog and there is still 2 years later no contact and very little trust between the 2. It is doable but I think they both need to be young and they both need their own space.

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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

A lot is going to depends on the dog, and how much work your willing to put into to something that might never workout. Some dogs wont go after a cat that they grew up with, but other cats will be seen as fair game. You might be able to get her to leave the cat alone when your present, but I wouldn't trust her alone with it.

Mine have killed to many fuzzy animals for me to ever think of bringing a cat round them. Having 3 dogs it would only take 1 one them to go after the cat, and the other 2 would join in.

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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

Pecan was 8 weeks when she was introduced to our cat that is a year and a half. They played well together at first because they were the same size, but now I can't allow Pecan to play with the cat anymore as she's just too big. That being said, they get along great and hang out together all the time. My previous hounds were the same, where the house cat was considered part of their family, but any other cat was fair game.

I would say just be very careful and ensure the cat has a safe place they can get to that the dog cannot.

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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

It's an interesting conversation people are having here, but it's from the perspective of the Vizsla (not surprising)...but not the cat.

This cat is feral, no matter the temperament of the Vizsla, or how smart it is, or others successful prior experience with cats and dogs, this cat likely will react in a very un socialized way to you and the Vizsla..it will likely see the V as a real threat. Can you work thru that? Maybe. But why risk it.

Cats need socialization to adjust to humans and their peculiarities (including the other critters they have to share the space with) in much the same way as a V does. In the absence of that, the kitten might be remarkably adorable (as baby animals are), but in much the same way as you wouldn't introduce a baby squirrel to your beloved, domesticated V, you shouldn't bring a feral kitten in either. It's a safety issue!
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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

My Niece had cats, and brought home her GS pup, and before to long, the pup had lost an eye.

I know cats and dogs get along, I had a Chow Chow and a cat that were great friends, and the cat wouldn't hurt the dog.
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Re: Bringing home a kitten with a 2 yr old V?

Every V is different - I do know THIS - would never have a pet QUAIL in the house !!!!!!!!!
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