View Full Version : 17 year old cat, my first baby
07-30-2004, 01:44 PM
I have a 17 year old cat who is like my first baby. She's been with me from a kitten. I have a 4 year old son. Maggie, (my cat) has never completely accepted him, but she does o.k. with him. My son now wants a dog very much. I am considering getting a small dog (Maltese) for him. I've done some research and found this breed of dog is good with other animals. My biggest concern is the welfare of Maggie, my cat. I have never had other animals with her. We have had an occasional dog visitor, that's it. I don't want to cause her too much stress, and I would love some advice as to whether I should get this dog for my son or not. I would so appreciate any feedback or advise. Thanks.... lori a. in Dallas, Texas
07-30-2004, 02:41 PM
If the canine is a pup, there should be no problem. In my experiences, the cats(s) actually terrorize the dog(s). So, if the dog is not making sudden movements for a while, the cat will get used to it. They'll can begin getting to know each other without either feeling as though they are being violated.
You can also go through breed rescue and find a cat friendly dog that will be suitable for your home.
08-01-2004, 10:30 PM
My personal opinion - I would wait until the cat crosses before you get a dog. I adopted a dog with a 13 year old "only" cat and the cat became quite ill from the stress of it all. While I hope you have years left with her, she is 17 years old after all. If a new dog brings on a stress related illness, you will never forgive yourself.
08-02-2004, 05:34 AM
I'd have to say I agree with Amy. I'd wait.
08-03-2004, 06:24 PM
I have to agree with the last two replies, I would wait, she is already 17, and the stress of a dog or any new pet could make her ill, and especially since she's been an only pet her whole life with you, and you said she had never totally accepted your son and he's 4 years old. I hope I don't sound heartless but she will probably be with you for only a couple more years, by then your son will be old enough to help you take care of the dog that he wants and he will learn some valuable lessons at that age about caring for a dog. Good luck.