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Q. I have a 4 year old deaf all white pitbull terrier, and recently rescued a kitten from the cold streets. It's been a month and they still fight help!!

A. Introductions need to be slow, and a kitten should never be left alone with an adult dog of any size as even the nicest dog can accidentally cause harm with too rough of play! Some dogs may also have a very high prey-drive and may be driven to chase or go after cats as cats are prone to running away and triggering this response. It is best to introduce the two slowly through either a baby gate or other barrier where your kitten can escape safely and not be chased by your dog. Providing the kitten with high places to observe your dog can also help, such as atop a dresser where your dog can't reach. If the two aren't getting along, then stopping the play/meet session and trying again later can help. You may need to keep your dog on a leash and ask for a sit, while providing treats for calm behavior around your cat.

If the situation is very problematic, it is also best to speak with a trainer or behaviorist in your area who can come to the home and offer tailored advice to your situation while seeing it first hand. If your dog is very prey driven, it may also be a possibility that your kitten is better off being rehomed into another environment.

Answered By
JESSICA L DESROSIERS

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