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I have a 7 yr old Black Lab mix, and just adopted 2 young cats. I am wondering how to introduce them to each other, being as the kitties come home with us next week, when we all move into our new house. My dog has been around cats before, but not for a while. Anyone have any advice on how to make their introduction go smoothly?
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It's a matter of time before your dog and cats get used to each other. They need to be familiar with their scent. Be prepared for initial chaos.
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It's a matter of time before your dog and cats get used to each other. They need to be familiar with their scent. Be prepared for initial chaos.
We are bringing them all into the new house at the same time, neutral territory. We plan to block off the upstairs so the cats have a place to escape from the dog if they need to. I'm hoping there is not too much chaos
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Hello, congrats for the new additions. I found a link to an article which I hope will provide you with some info about introducing 2 pets, only it's between felines, when yours is between a lab and 2 kitties... but I think there are general principles that would also apply to your case.

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Welcome & concats for the new additions!
Hope the introduction will go smoothly & pls keep us posted!
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We tried a quick 2 minute introduction tonight. One hiss from Dante initually, then he settled next to my husband. Cami just looked on calmly, until Lily got too close. Cami put Lily in her place with a hiss and a nose swipe! Thankfully, Lily backed off immediately and whined. Both cats settled on my husband's lap while I held Lily. After they settled, there was a lot of nosing between the cats and the dog, which was really cute
Lily was pretty hyper, so we are going to put off the next face-to-face meeting until the weekend, but so far so good!
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Interesting, and you sound very excited, and so does Lily... Great that your hubby was also there to witness and help ... ! Keep us posted, or if possible, with pictures... so we too can witness how this lovely bonding develops.....
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I didn't take any pictures last night, but I certainly will the next time
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