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Old May 22nd 04, 07:09 PM
Nick
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I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the Terrier
likely to harm them?


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Old May 22nd 04, 07:23 PM
Andrea
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"Nick" wrote in message
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I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the Terrier
likely to harm them?

Well my westie is 9 weeks and is a little madam!
She nips at me and growls, she thinks shes a little Bruce Lee!
As for your question, no matter what the dog, cats rule the roost, they
won't take any messing so relax!
I have seen my adult lab reduced to shaking from a cat!

Andrea.


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Old May 22nd 04, 07:23 PM
Andrea
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"Nick" wrote in message
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I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the Terrier
likely to harm them?

Well my westie is 9 weeks and is a little madam!
She nips at me and growls, she thinks shes a little Bruce Lee!
As for your question, no matter what the dog, cats rule the roost, they
won't take any messing so relax!
I have seen my adult lab reduced to shaking from a cat!

Andrea.


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Old May 22nd 04, 07:23 PM
Andrea
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"Nick" wrote in message
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I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the Terrier
likely to harm them?

Well my westie is 9 weeks and is a little madam!
She nips at me and growls, she thinks shes a little Bruce Lee!
As for your question, no matter what the dog, cats rule the roost, they
won't take any messing so relax!
I have seen my adult lab reduced to shaking from a cat!

Andrea.


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Old May 23rd 04, 12:58 AM
Spot
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My concern would be if the cats are declawed. If they still have their
claws chances are that the cats will define who the boss is. Cats with
claws can defend themselfs pretty well and would put the dog in his place if
he gets out of line. If they don't have claws then you have to be darn
careful that the dog doesn't take hold of a cat and hurt it. Even a cat
with back claws is at a disadvantage.

Celeste

"Andrea" wrote in message
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"Nick" wrote in message
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I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the Terrier
likely to harm them?

Well my westie is 9 weeks and is a little madam!
She nips at me and growls, she thinks shes a little Bruce Lee!
As for your question, no matter what the dog, cats rule the roost, they
won't take any messing so relax!
I have seen my adult lab reduced to shaking from a cat!

Andrea.




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Old May 23rd 04, 12:58 AM
Spot
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My concern would be if the cats are declawed. If they still have their
claws chances are that the cats will define who the boss is. Cats with
claws can defend themselfs pretty well and would put the dog in his place if
he gets out of line. If they don't have claws then you have to be darn
careful that the dog doesn't take hold of a cat and hurt it. Even a cat
with back claws is at a disadvantage.

Celeste

"Andrea" wrote in message
...
"Nick" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the Terrier
likely to harm them?

Well my westie is 9 weeks and is a little madam!
She nips at me and growls, she thinks shes a little Bruce Lee!
As for your question, no matter what the dog, cats rule the roost, they
won't take any messing so relax!
I have seen my adult lab reduced to shaking from a cat!

Andrea.




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Old May 23rd 04, 12:58 AM
Spot
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My concern would be if the cats are declawed. If they still have their
claws chances are that the cats will define who the boss is. Cats with
claws can defend themselfs pretty well and would put the dog in his place if
he gets out of line. If they don't have claws then you have to be darn
careful that the dog doesn't take hold of a cat and hurt it. Even a cat
with back claws is at a disadvantage.

Celeste

"Andrea" wrote in message
...
"Nick" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the Terrier
likely to harm them?

Well my westie is 9 weeks and is a little madam!
She nips at me and growls, she thinks shes a little Bruce Lee!
As for your question, no matter what the dog, cats rule the roost, they
won't take any messing so relax!
I have seen my adult lab reduced to shaking from a cat!

Andrea.




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Old May 23rd 04, 01:13 PM
Alison
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"Nick" wrote in message
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I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland

Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the

Terrier
likely to harm them?


Hi Nick,
He might and he might not! You've not given much information .
What is the back ground of the dog , where is he from , has he been
kept with cats, does he attempted to chase cats on walks?

Lots of dogs will chase cats if they run but back off when they stop
or the cat turns on them. You need to find out what the dog is like
with cats before you home him and make sure you introduce him to the
cats very carefully and in controlled circumstances. Most cats will
run and hide if they feel threatened but some will attack and could
hurt the dog.
Alison




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Old May 23rd 04, 01:13 PM
Alison
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"Nick" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland

Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the

Terrier
likely to harm them?


Hi Nick,
He might and he might not! You've not given much information .
What is the back ground of the dog , where is he from , has he been
kept with cats, does he attempted to chase cats on walks?

Lots of dogs will chase cats if they run but back off when they stop
or the cat turns on them. You need to find out what the dog is like
with cats before you home him and make sure you introduce him to the
cats very carefully and in controlled circumstances. Most cats will
run and hide if they feel threatened but some will attack and could
hurt the dog.
Alison




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Old May 23rd 04, 01:13 PM
Alison
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"Nick" wrote in message
news:[email protected]
I was wondering if it would be OK to introduce a West Highland

Terrier
(about a year old) as I have two cats (both 2 years old) Is the

Terrier
likely to harm them?


Hi Nick,
He might and he might not! You've not given much information .
What is the back ground of the dog , where is he from , has he been
kept with cats, does he attempted to chase cats on walks?

Lots of dogs will chase cats if they run but back off when they stop
or the cat turns on them. You need to find out what the dog is like
with cats before you home him and make sure you introduce him to the
cats very carefully and in controlled circumstances. Most cats will
run and hide if they feel threatened but some will attack and could
hurt the dog.
Alison




 




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