i have an old, fat cat and i LOVE her, but i want to buy an alaskan malamute. Would they get along if i introduce them when the malamute is a puppy? help! (oh and do they poo constantly? thanx!)
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
My Alaskan Malamute is 13 years old and I have had her since birth. When she was a puppy my neighbors had cats and she loved to play with them, the cats were not interested. Puppies are naturally friendly to other animals if introduced at a young age, and in turn, most other animals sense a "puppy", knows that it's only a baby and therefore senses no harm. Still it is wise to introduce them slowy and as early as possible. Never do it in territoral areas like the cats feeding area or its kittens, etc. If living together on a day to day basis inside the house they should remain friends. However, long absences from one another or if the dog lives outdoors and the cat in, or vise versa, you may find trouble as the dog gets older.
Now about the poo. All puppies will poo. Alot. Any breed. And they will pee even more. They are not in control of their bladder fully until about 6mnths of age. Dogs do not, by nature, like to relieve themselves where they eat, sleep and play. The most important part of house training is scheduling! Malamutes are extremely smart, and my baby di perfect with only a few accidents with the following schedule:
As soon as she wakes me up in the morning, even if its 6am and I don't get up till 9 I will take her out and she will try to play so you have to wait and wait and wait and then she uses the bathroom and you give her praise and treat. If you go back to bed, take her out again as soon as you get up, and agin praise and a treat when she goes. Feed her breakfast and out again. Then, if you leave the house it is important to keep her confined to a small area like a bathroom. Give her a pillow and some toys (remember, they don't like to use the bathroom where they eat, play and sleep) and small spaces calms them when you are gone AND if there are any accidents, you know it, you aren't missing any spots when you clean so there are no hidden smells in hidden spaces for them to use again. Do not leave food for them, only feed them at feeding time and then only leave the food down half an hour. Leave them some water but not an excessive amount. Some puppies will drink it all and then really have to go. When you return home, take her out again, treat and praise when they go, then dinner time and out again, treat and praise.. (It's important to feed your puppy at least twice a day. This keeps the digestive system working properly and they are growing babies that use a lot of energy.) After dinner, right back out and then one last time before bed. Whew! Be patient. When a puppy goes outside they think it's an opportunity to play, sometimes it could be awhile before they go, taking them to the same spot where they went before often speeds the process along. And one last thing, the kind of food you feed a puppy will largely impact the amount of accidents. Foods whose ingrediants list beef or poultry by products or "meal". These are "leftover" parts like beaks, hooves, tendons, cartlidge, etc. These by products are extremely hard to digest if they digest at all! These will cause major upset tummies. Please go to petsmart, petco or a pet store and get a food that does not use these ingreidants. I highly recommend Nutro puppy formula, wet or dry. And don't be fooled by high priced name brands, read the ingrediants! Hopem this helps!
- 4 years ago
Do some research. Start with the AKC page and the Alaskan Malamute Club of America. There is a lot of information online and some great books out there. Don't base your decision on an online forum! That being said: Mals are great dogs, but they were developed to be an arctic breed where they had to think for themselves. They are not easy to train, especially for novice owners. Trying to force one into doing something will backfire. Use positive methods and make the dog think it was his idea all along. Unlike some breeds, the Mal will be more likely to think for himself instead of trying to do whatever it is you want. They are smart enough to train you instead of the other way around! Many tend to be dominant. Mals need a lot of grooming and exercise, and you must use great care during warmer weather. This is not a breed that you can leave alone in the yard or kennel all day. They will dig, bark, chew, and become extremely destructive if bored. You need to involve your pup in the family, not leave it by itself. Mals will jump or climb fences just to prove they can. Some tend to be dog aggressive. Many view smaller animals as prey and will hunt and/or kill rabbits, birds, squirrels, cats, etc. They are also prone to health problems if purchased from unreputable sources. Take a few weeks (or more) and do your research. Call and talk to some breeders. Make sure you buy from a REPUTABLE breeder instead of from a newspaper ad or a pet store. Such a breeder will be willing to visit with you and let you know the pros and cons of the breed and assess whether this would be a good fit for you. Anyone who tells you this is the perfect dog for everyone and that there are no bad things about it does not have your best interest or the pups' in mind-- they are merely trying to make a sale.
- MrsJuneLv 41 decade ago
These are very one person dogs in my experience and they can be tempermental. All puppies poo all the time. This is a large breed and it will poo big. They also shed very badly and develop arthitis early in life.
- mighty_power7Lv 71 decade ago
in my experience, the cat will go and hide for a couple weeks after you get the puppy. then once the cat sees that the puppy is there to stay, he will come out of hiding. but your cat and your dog will probably never be buddy-buddy, and your cat just might go and hide whenever your dog is around.