When you bring home a Ragdoll kitten, you need to take care when introducing it to a resident dog. Dogs can be dangerous to small kittens, especially ones as docile as a Ragdoll.
Here are some points to keep in mind:
Never assume that because you’ve never had problems before, that you never will. Even a dog living with a resident cat can become excited over a new kitten. A kitten raised with our dogs brings to your house the smell of those dogs, and your dog may take that as a threat. If your dog is used to playing with fluffy stuffed toys or loves to chase, this can be very dangerous to a small, fluffy, docile kitten.
Introduce the kitten to the dog with the dog on a leash or in its crate, or the kitten in a carrier. Let them get used to each other’s scent. Praise the dog a lot when it stays calm.
Do not leave the dog and kitten alone together for the first few weeks. Keep the kitten in a safe room apart from the dog when you are not there. They will still be able to smell each other under the door and will get used to the sounds of each other.
When you are there and decide to give the kitten free run of the house, make sure the dog is easily controlled. Praise him/her for sniffing gently. Correct the dog immediately for any chase or aggressive behavior. Make sure the room you are in has some place for the kitten to run to (under chair or couch etc) in case the dog gets excited and starts to bounce around.
It is always the human’s fault if something happens between the dog and the kitten. Just remember that a dog can kill a small kitten, even if just in play. Keep your kitten safe. Some breeds (like Greyhounds and some others) may never be able to be left alone with a cat.
Introducing Your Dog to Your New Kiten
* Info courtesy of Foss Mountain Ragdolls