05-27-2011, 07:43 PM
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Yeah, it takes awhile. I did try this with my old rescue and failed, but I think what I learned from that situation and this one to ensure success is that you cannot have your dog off-leash if the cat is out until you are positive he won't chase. I probably played it overly safe in this situation, and I think it took about a month with treating them several times a day whenever the cat was comfortable enough to come out.
You may need to wait a bit for the cat to get comfortable with the new house too. I think it's easier to bring a new dog into a house with a cat vs. a new cat with a dog, but that's just my gut feeling. It's definitely easier the younger the dog too. Another reason the last dog failed is because he was 2 years with a high prey drive, and it just required way more management.
Last edited by seebrown; 05-27-2011 at 07:46 PM.