I already have a cat (whos female) whos about 4 years old and i was offered a border collie (whos male) whos just a bit older then a puppy and its already got all its vaccinations and everything. I wanna say yes to them but im worried my cat might scare it away or they might just not get along or my cat might hide all the time and rarely come out to eat and drink (therefore she might get unwell).. i really want the dog tho. Does anybody know any way to introduce them together and how to make them get along?
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They won't get along at the beginning. You'd have to train them, but keep in mind that border collies are herding animals, which means they will chase by nature.1
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You have to actually train them to get along because I have a cat who's just grumpy 24/7 and she hates basically all living beings except for my stepfather (who was the one who raised her). When I got a cat myself, the other cat was so angry and frustrated that she just hid herself inside the bedroom and now she rarely leaves. We never trained the two to get along, and now all she does is just hiss at anything that enters the room. My new cat is perfectly fine and has no trouble with getting along with other animals though. (we have a dog and a rabbit)
If your cat is going to be the troublemaker for the relationship, it will be very hard to train her to get used to the dog. Cats are stubborn and will do whatever they want, so if she gets irrationally upset, she will change her eating habits and be more protective of her territory while the dog has no idea what's happening.1