Cat lost housemate
(Dania Beach, FL, USA)
My wife and I had two cats, Sammy and Timmy, that grew up together over the last 6 years. Timmy died of renal failure about 3 1/2 weeks ago. We have been very focussed on Sammy during this grieving period and comforting him with extra playtime and petting. We have always wanted a dog as well and the reason we never added one to the family was because Timmy, our cat that passed away, didn't like dogs. However, Sammy, the survivor of Timmmy has had exposure to visiting dogs in the house before and didn't seem to mind. In fact he ate off the same plate and at the same time with a 90 lb. Golden retriever.
How long should we wait to get a Golden Retriever and how do we introduce a puppy into the family. My wife and I do not want to be selfish about getting a dog right away but are focussed on what's best for Sammy at this time. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
Answer by Kate
Well I think it would be a mistake to introduce a dog into the house so soon. It is best to let your cat get used to the idea that the other cat is not coming back. I would leave it at least three months.
Introducing any animal to an existing pet should be handles slowly, carefully and calmly and does require lots of supervision from the start. If you read my pages here about introducing cats (the process is the same for any animal) under the cat training section this should help you with the introduction process.
I am sorry to hear of your recent loss and wish you many years of happiness with your remaining cat.
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