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Posted by: Laura | 2011-02-13

chinchilla vs Bully or jack russell

Chinchilla kitten vs 1yr old bully or Jack Russell?

my partner and I have a 6 month old chinchilla, we are building a house which i going to take 7 months and have decided to each move back in with our parents to save money till the build is complete.

we are now concerned with what to do with the kitty and debaiting who should take her.

House 1 option: 1 yr old Bull dog Female
House 2 option: 4 yr old jack russell with 2 adult cats

we are wondering which environment would be safer for her in terms of the dogs at hand.

please could you assist us, and how do we introduce the 2 species to each other with keeping a calm atmosphere.

thank you
Laura
Fourways, JHB

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Option 1 ,by far, introducing them should be done in a "neutral area " not where the bull dog spents most of his time, there should be an excape area , ie somewhere that the dog cannot get to ie table , chair etc . If the dog looks like she is going to chase the cat - stop him by spraying him with a water bottle and when he ignores the kitten reward her treats etc

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Posted by: CyberVet | 2011-02-17

Option 1 ,by far, introducing them should be done in a "neutral area " not where the bull dog spents most of his time, there should be an excape area , ie somewhere that the dog cannot get to ie table , chair etc . If the dog looks like she is going to chase the cat - stop him by spraying him with a water bottle and when he ignores the kitten reward her treats etc

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Posted by: Chill | 2011-02-13

Impossible to say without knowing all the animals concerned. If the bulldog is at all used to cats, the home with only one other animal to contend with would possibly be the most peaceful, but on the other hand, the JR is used to cats. Then again, the two existing ones may not like the new one...

Whatever you decide, you need to be careful and introduce the kitten to its new housemates only under close supervision, and making sure the kitten has both an escape route and a safe place to retreat to. Do some searching on this forum (on the right) - the subject of introducing new pets into a home has been extensively discussed umpteen times.

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