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Old 01-01-2018, 06:33 PM
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Dog playing with new kitten

Hi guys! My dog (9 month old springer spaniel) loves our 4 month old rescue kitten! They play together, she basically will sit in fort of him with her mouth open and occasionally paw at him while he likes to bat at her face and chew on her face and feet. She still chase his occasionally, but I can always call he over to me so she's doing very well with that. It is for these two reasons we do not leave them alone together. I just wanted to ask if you think that them playing together is okay? They both seem to love it but I don't want to be reinforcing any bad behaviours for later. Just for extra info, the dog is extremely gentle and tolerant of the cat, and whenever she gets a little too rough the kitten let's her know and I separate them. Not once has she showed any aggression to the cat, so I'm more worried about the cat developing bad behaviours, although he's such a confidant little guy and loves the dog.
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My cat and dog love to play together and sometimes they even play a little rough. My situation is a bit opposite to yours as my cat was 7 years old when we got our Aussie puppy. The cat was very use to dogs and has always like to play. I don't see anything wrong with letting them play together as long as it is suprivised and the cat has somewhere high to jump up on just incase they need a break. We actually play with ours together. I typically buy cat toys with feathers or something with string attached to a pole and let the cat and dog bat at it. Our cat and dog are best friends and really love each other. Besides when my cat tries to sharpen her claws on something she shouldn't like my furniture, I've taught the dog to herd her away. Enjoy the new kitten and hopefully they become best friends.
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Bus likes cats, and loves kittens who are walking around age (he is a little predatory toward tiny kittens (<4 weeks) until they walk like normal cats and lose their squeaky meow). He gets SO excited by them though that he tends to overwhelm them if not reminded periodically to give them space. I supervise closely, and call him off and put him in a down (he actually will play while laying down often on his own) if he is getting too excited or they are looking like they want to escape. If the kitten comes back for more, or is equally involved in the shenanigans, I let them go. It works out that as the kitten gets bolder and more skilled at the game, I let him have more freedom in their play, and just keep an eye to make sure no one gets in a tight spot. His most recent kitten is now a 2 year old adult, and not as keen on playing with him these days, though I credit playing with Bus for his mostly nice adult behavior .

There are a couple videos in this thread (toward the end) of Bus playing with Jackson as a kitten of various ages. As you can see in the more recent vids, they could get pretty rough, but if it is mutual, no harm, no foul. My 3 cats (Jackson lives at my parents' house) are all pretty dog friendly as well, and as you can see, there is always some kind of dog/cat cuddling going on in my house They get a little offended when he tries to play with them, as they were raised with a dog who was tolerant but more or less ignored them, or would lay with them, but never played.
https://www.dogforum.com/general-dog-...affair-272226/

Because of the size disparity between a springer and cat, I would be inclined to separate when you aren't able to supervise, or at least make sure kitty has ample places (high and low) to escape in case things do get too intense, but it sounds like things are on the right track. My guess would be that with time, both will settle down a bit and just become buddies, rather than constantly wrestling around (though my childhood cat and dog would play/roughhouse as adults). Enjoy it while it lasts!
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Hey guys, thanks for the replies! It's reassuring to know that kittens and puppies can play together. They are always separated when we leave, I live all the stories I hope they continue to be best friends as they grow up!
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