Friday, May 15, 2015

When Keisha Met Bijou and Other Love Stories #FoodShelterLove

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Food, Shelter, & Love Program, but Stunning Keisha only shares information I feel is relevant to my readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


Unlike some cats I know, I don’t get scared by dogs when I go to the vet. Even though I don’t have a dog, I’ve lived “with” dogs all my life. They’re my next door neighbors in the condo complex we live in. There’s one on either side of me so I hear them barking and I don’t bat a stunning eye.

HOWEVER when I actually met some of my neighbor dogs, it was a different story. TW doesn’t know any of the people in the complex but she knows all the woofies. Sometimes she’ll open the door and see one in the hall and have to make a big fuss over it. That’s how my encounters of the canine kind happened. Chopper, a French bulldog tried to come in and met a very fluffy, puffy-tailed CK. Sophia, the usual docile and meek pit bull turned angry and tried to rush into the condo. I had other ideas and went to my office. Another French bulldog, Bijou, met a hissing, growling CK at the door. All that being said, I wouldn’t let another cat in here either. But Hill’s® Pet says it doesn’t have to be that way.

Photos and collage © Dana Moody
It’s different for two of my friends who proved that dogs and cats can live together in harmony. After all, we do share some traits like both needing proper veterinary care and exercise. We both benefit from proper nutrition and a full water bowl. Some don’t even need long innerductions before becoming BFFs.

My pawsome friend, Dana, adopted Daffy after our good Twitter friend Ingrid passed away. They knew their cat, TSK,  was ok with Daffy but they didn’t know how Daffy would be around a cat. This is how Dana described their meeting: "That first day we brought Daffy home, TSK greeted us at the door and they had nose taps! We knew they would be pals at that point though it took a little time for them to start playing with each other. Now they play all the time. It's really cute. Daffy still hasn't figured out how to play with the dogs at the dog park, but she can play with a kitty!”

To make the transition smoother make sure they’re getting good nutrition. If your cat or new dog is stressed during innerductions, they may have digestive problems. Hill’s® Science Diet® Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin formula helps reduce stress. You can purchase it here.

The following are some tips to help transition a new cat into your home.
  • Provide a safe room for the cat with such accommodations as litter box, food and water bowls, toys and a scratching post.
  • Let both smell each other’s scents either by alternating rooms or by letting the dog smell something the cat has laid on and letting the cat smell one of the dog’s toys. That way they’ll think they’ve already met and “know” each other.
  • When you finally bring the dog in to meet the cat—or vice versa—make sure the dog is on a leash and supervised.
  • Don’t force them to be friends. Give it time.
Fusa and Max's staff decided to bring a dog into their home last year. I guess something snapped in her head when she decided to make a difference in a shelter dog’s life. She broke most the rules of how to innerduce the new dog, Lily, but the results were positive. She brought Lily into the house and the cats went running! They hid for two days, then slowly came out a little at a time. She didn’t force them to inneract but eventually they did. She found it fairly easy because Lily is not aggressive toward cats and she's not much bigger than them, so I guess they weren't too bothered by her. Max loves her now. He follows her around and sleeps with her. Fusa is indifferent; he couldn't really care. Both cats will come and inspect her and lick her when she's sleeping!


The Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love® program is based on encouraging individuals to volunteer and foster at their local shelters; make donations to these shelters and I don’t just mean monetary donations; educating pet parents how nutritious food can help shelter pets; and helping get shelter pets adopted. Towards those aims, they’ve provided over $240 million worth of food to nearly 1000 shelters and have helped over 6 million pets find their forever castles.

Innerducing your new dog or cat to their fursibs may take some work but your new pet will thank you for giving it a forever home and that should make everything worthwhile.

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20 comments:

Patty Woodland said...

Yeah. I never follow those rules. Never have. Every time I add a new cat I just toss it into the mix and figure it will find its way. Always has worked for me but then I've never really had just one cat. I don't think I've ever had just two cats.

PL Keenor said...

This reminded me of "the cowman and the farmer should be friends" from Oklahoma! I had to go and find the song on Youtube. My cat, who we inherited from hubby's mother, used to live with a dog. They just ignored each other.

The Daily Pip said...

Great post! We have always had dogs and cats together and know that they can live peacefully together.

Brian said...

That was great CK! There used to be dogs here and they got along with the kitties!

RAINA'S CAT RESCUE said...

Love it! All my furbabies get along too.

Marilia Bavaresco said...

Have a nice day! Love you!

Melissa and Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

This is some great information, CK. Truffles has only had contact (in my home) once with my neighbor's dog (through the door) and she was a little skittish. I've always said that I would love to have a dachshund one day, so we might put these tips into practice one day!

Tamago said...

Goro doesn't like other cats (it took a while for him to accept Niko) but he seems OK around dogs. Long long time ago, I lived with both dogs and cats. Unfortunately, they never got along with each other. I always love seeing dogs and cats being good friends/family!

da tabbies o trout towne said...

ck...r cuzins dobie, perky, sam, little joe N jiggz all lived with woofeez.....N lloved em...truth bee told!!

ANGEL ABBYGRACE said...

That is some very good information CK! We've only had contact with doggies once with our cousin who doesn't come to visit anymore. We prefer it that way too.

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

We used to have a dog, but she died of old age in 2011, she was great and let the cats bully her. I didn't know Hills had a food for sensitive skin and stomach, I need to look into this.

Ann Staub said...

Haha - oh CK you do sound similar to Callie :) Your friends are all so cute with each other. Am glad they get along. Callie snuck up on Shiner once in her sleep, but I think it was just to ambush her because she just swatted her mol..

Austin Towers said...

I'm not very used to dogs! I run a mile when I see one, but I am very sensitive MOL! The Staff's trying to get me to eat more of the Hills stuff. Now I am a "senior" she's giving me food for the elderly!! Phfffft!!

The Island Cats said...

No dogs here, CK, but our neighbor has a little dog named Tammy. Tammy comes into our yard and pees all the time. She's kinda rude like that.

meowmeowmans said...

Awesome post, CK. When meowmeowmans was a kid, his family had a big lab/shepherd mix named Partner (he used to be a police dog!) and a big tabby cat named Happy. They were great pals.

Dash Kitten said...

We are big HILL's fans CK Peanut (19) refuses to eat anything else, as her sight is going she is even MORE particular about her Hills senior 8+

Clooney said...

Great post, we followed the Daffy and TSK story and are so happy they are such great friends. I seem to be scared of dogs but Neytiri seems to like them as evidenced by the one who comes up to our window and visits us.

Jen Gabbard said...

Aww such sweet BFFs. We don't have a kitty now but when I was growing up we did and she had the strangest relationship ever with my dog. They would ignore each other completely when they were being watched or paid attention to - but as soon as we shut the doors to go to bed at night you could hear them playing and running around the house together. As soon as you opened the door to take a look they'd freeze and stop.

Robin Mudge said...

Those tips a great! It is a wonderful thing to see cats and dogs get along in the home. I'm not sure how well my kitties would do with a dog. Perhaps if I introduced the dog as a young puppy, they would be a little more accepting (feel less threatened). My Mom's cat and dogs get along great!
- Purrs from your friends at www.PlayfulKitty.net

Lara Elizabeth said...

Those pictures are adorable! I have always had my little senior kitty and one or two dogs. She has also lived with family members temporarily while I was finding housing and gotten along with lots of different animals. I think when a cat is confident around dogs they don't have any trouble.