About a week ago, I brought two 8-week-old kittens into my home. My 5-year-old, 40-pound…

About a week ago, I brought two 8-week-old kittens into my home. My 5-year-old, 40-pound mix-breed dog Benny has not responded well when I’ve introduced them. They’ve only had a few meetings, one of which was through a cat carrier (and Benny tried nipping at the kittens through the mesh) and once through a baby gate. During their most recent meeting through the baby gate, my dad was overly excited and was trembling/shaking. The meeting was brief, maybe 5 minutes, as I was concerned by his behavior. Now I’m wondering if I need to find the kittens a new home or if this is semi-normal behavior for a dog? Not sure what I need to do next. I live in a rural area so seeking in-person help from a trainer is not really an option for me. Thanks!

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Emma Del Rosario
3 years ago

I would be very interested to find out how you are getting on/any advice. I’m fostering kittens right now but one may be staying ?. My dogs are generally not bothered but interestingly the dog I am concerned about is my big dog – the one proven to be safe around cats, baby teeny dogs, rabbits, squirrels, a friend’s pet mouse etc. She was fostered with cats and had lived at a rescue in a giant room full of tea cup sized dogs before we got her and I am probably being paranoid as she is acting about the same… Read more »

Emma Del Rosario
3 years ago

Sorry, that was rather long & lots of typos

Diedra Cardamone
5 years ago

Hi Tracey. My border collie mix, Bandit, was not around any cats for the first 8 years of his life. When I brought home a kitten, Bandit would stand very still, fixate/stare at the kitten and if close to the kitten act like he would take a bite. This is not good behavior at all. I sought advice from my Vet and I needed to make my dog submissive to me around the kitten. I had him lay on the ground and not let him look at the kitten. I only allow Bandit around the kitten if I am right… Read more »