Thursday, June 2, 2016

5 Things No One Told Me About Having a Cat With a Dog

Hey, everyone!

If you saw Monday's post, you'll know that we're fostering this 4-ish week old kitten named Salem. I am not a cat person, but I'm a bit enamored with her. That said, there's been a few surprises with her and Nola! I've never had a dog and a cat together, and these past few days have had a few...incidents.

1. Litter Box? Oh, you mean play box!

Sigh. I didn't think Nola would bother the litter box, but she does. She doesn't try and eat anything out of it, but she likes to push her nose into it and make little furrows in the litter. It's kind of funny, actually! She'll nudge the kitten out of the box so she can nose around in it.

2. Cat food is really dog crack

Nola has a high food drive, and will work for pretty much anything. Up until Salem, her highest value reward has been hotdogs. Now, on the other hand...well, she'll scream bloody murder and walk through fire to get a tiny bit of cat food.

3. Nola is a cat-seeking missile

Salem is tiny, at just 13.5oz. Because of this and because I want to supervise her interactions with Nola until she's large enough to smack if the dogs get too rough, she's in a large dog crate when she's not being interacted with. However, there's been a few times when she's wandered off, and Nola's had to be sent out to find her. She always does!

4. It's fun to watch kitten fall down pillows

Nola finds it amusing to paw at a pillow kitten is sitting on until she rolls down it onto the couch or bed.

5. Kittens need constant cleaning

Nola's fanatic about keeping kitten clean. Kitten's neck is constantly wet from her bathing.....

It's an adjustment, for sure!

- Dachshund Mommy


  1. Nola sounds like a great mommy for Salem!

  2. Nola and Salem sound like they are having some fun.

  3. BOL you can dig holes in the litter box
    Lily & Edward

  4. Yep, yep and more yep! LOL!!! All of those things and more! It's really fun watching different species interact and it's also been a great learning experience for all of us! Lilly rules this house with an iron claw and everybody knows it. It's funny how things work out like that.

  5. I love the name Salem. I am envisioning Nola burrowing in litter. Hahahaha!!!

  6. You are doing a wonderful job with this little kitty. I am sure Nola would not hurt her. I had forgotten dogs obsession with the litter box

  7. I. Love. Kittens. All 3 of my dogs are great with cats, which is such a relief. When my Edison was a kitten, he would sleep and play in his litter box. He was such a weirdo. Sure do miss him. You make me want to get a kitten!

  8. Cat food is Barley's biggest demon. I have yet to figure out a way to keep her from devouring it any chance she gets (even putting it up high doesn't work because she'll climb the counters to get it!). One word of advice with the litter box from someone with a cat with litter box issues--be careful about letting Nola push the kitten out of the box to root around in it; if the kitten decides she doesn't like that, she might start avoiding the box altogether and that is not a fun cat-owning experience!


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