How to Introduce a Ragdoll Kitten to a Resident Dog
This post was originally posted on Oct 24, 2012 – but I would like to get more feedback on this topic – so please comment if you have experience!
Buzz has a problem he is not aware of. He’s about to have a roommate, of the Ragdoll kitten variety.
Recently, Kate, a Floppycats reader from Australia emailed me to ask me how to introduce her Poodle to a new Ragdoll kitten she is getting soon. I wasn’t quite sure on what to suggest as I have not had adult experience introducing a kitten to a dog (OK I introduced my parents’ dogs to Charlie and Trigg, but my parents’ dogs are already cat trained!).
Here’s what Kate had to say, “I am also getting a Ragdoll kitten who arrives in five weeks, however we have a small poodle who becomes very excited at newcomers into our home. We recently had guests who brought their small dog with them and our poodle gets very jealous when we pet him or give the other dog attention, meaning he would try to pounce at the new dog. I was just wondering if you have any advice to introduce the kitten to our dog, who will probably want to play with the new one straight away. ”
Can you share your experience introducing your kitten to your dog? What steps did you take? How did they work out? Do you have any suggestions for Kate and her Poodle? Thanks in advance!