We brought Paizlee, our cool little pug home just a couple of days ago. She is fun to be around and she is beginning to grow on us more and more. It has only been a couple of days but for the most part, we can sense that she is a very good dog however, we do have a cat named Cleo and as you could guess there in lies the problem. When we first introduced Paizlee to Cleo she immediately started pulling on the leash towards Cleo and started to whimper scaring the cat.
We have both come to the conclusion that Paizlee is not being aggressive towards Cleo, which is a good sign. It seems she just want to run up and play with Cleo who surprise, surprise, isn't so keen on playing with this intruder of her space so quickly.
We both want this to work out. The only way this will work out with our new pet is if she gets along with Cleo. My fiancee and I understand that we need to be patient in the process considering this is only a couple of days old and it could take some time but I wanted to post a thread here for other pug owners to share their strategies and ideas or tips towards properly integrating a dog and cat to not necessary be best buds (which would be preferred) but to grow tolerant and get along free of any hostility and/or stress. The more info and ideas we have the better it would be for all us.
Although I am a new pug mom (Wasabi, 12 weeks) I do know kitties!!! Until we got Wasabi I thought I was destined to remain the "cat lady" LOL Firstly, you need to crate the pug and allow the cat to check out the new family member at her own pace. This will not be immediate. I would also keep the pug in only one room (or two) for a little while and restrain the pug's independence while allowing the resident kitty free access to the whole house. I have been very careful to not disturb the routine for my kitties (we have 4 indoor/outdoor), I do not feed Wasabi in the same room as the cats, the cats get fed first. I have found over the years that cats are all about the pecking order and when introducing a new member it is really important to not mess with the established order of things. Things will work out beautifully! Part of the reason we choose a pug was our cats; pugs are pretty easy going and generally integrate very well. How old is Paizlee? Cleo? In our house things have progressed so smoothly I am shocked (in a good way!) No hostility and one of the cats is quite intrigued with the newest member! And this a group of cats that have NEVER been around a dog!
I am sure some really experienced Pug Villagers will share their thoughts very soon.....but welcome!
Hi SanPedro Pug, and welcome to the Village! Lots of great folks and expert knowledge; I depend on this place!
Like Wasabi's mom, I was strictly a cat person until the Pug Invasion hit. She has given you great advice, and I'll second it. I have only two cats now (previously many more; I did/do rescue), and have raised or trained all my pugs to be submissive to them. I decided that the "best buds" model didn't make sense because of two major factors: pugs' lack of awareness of physical boundaries and the cats' claws--a very dangerous combination. So I figured that a "steer clear with respect" model would be the safest and sanest, especially when the pugs were puppies and prone to romp around—exactly the situation that makes a cat nervous.
To make the pugs understand that the cats are boss and should be given space, I always fed the cats first, with the pugs watching. "Leave the kitty" was my most frequent (and frequently treated) command. To learn to do this (and any training, especially housebreaking, which pugs can take some time to grasp), treat lavishly, consistently and IMMEDIATELY, the second they shift their attention from the cat to you—give them a high-value treat --chicken or cheese -- something they LOVE! -- immediately! Do this consistently and you'll be able to refocus the pug's attention away from the cat—the essential behavior that you can base other commands on.
Cardiac, one of my cats, loves the pugs and wants to cuddle and sleep with them, but the pugs are a little afraid and uncomfortable with that. To my mind, that's good. Cardiac sneaks into the bed to sleep with the pugs at night, but more than once a sleeping pug has rolled over on her, and I'm awakened by her growling just in time to avert a disaster. The risk of a clawed eye is just too great, and even cuddly cats are prone to strike out with a claw if they've been jostled or otherwise made uncomfortable by a rowdy puppy (or even sedate dog), or even had a change in mood -- a typical cat thing. ;-)
We had one incident in which Chainsaw, one of my pugs, galloped up eagerly to greet Truckstop the cat, and WHAM! A claw in the eye, some dicey days with steroid and Genteal eyedrops every 20 minutes, and we were VERY lucky that he kept the eye and it didn't ulcerate.
Pugs' eyes are VERY subject to injury, and a little swap from a cat can (and often does) mean blindness. ANY eye injury should be looked at immediately (as in Emergency Room vet and usually a specialist ophthalmologist, since they have special equipment and meds) and treated immediately (it's usually an every half-hour round-the-clock dosage).
Sorry to sound so dire, but the reality of cats and pugs in close proximity just carries way too much risk to attempt the "let's all be cosy" model. I've had cats all my life and pugs for 12 years, and so far the friendly-distance model is working -- but as we learned with Chainsaw, it takes only one moment for disasters to happen.
Good luck, and post some pix of both your babies!
Last edited by Loconn55; 04-20-2014 at 01:32 PM.
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Hello & tio the village! You've already been given great advice. Glad to have you aboard!
Jackie,Mom to Robbie & Stacy my human children and Tinker my furkid.
Our cat Cleo is 2 years old, Paizlee the pug is estimated 4 years. When we first kept them separated and let them smell each other through the doors and took Paizlee outside while Cleo sniffed around. She's been in our guest room for the last two days of and on, but this is a room that she likes a lot and tended to go in there all the time before we had Paizlee. We will see how the crate goes this week, as well as how Paizlee does with us not being home. Thank you for your advice!
Hello and to PugVillage. Glad you have joined us. You've been given good advice. May I just add - we'd love to see pix of Paizlee and Cleo, please.
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