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Dear Christopher Cat

We have two senior cats, and we would like to add a dog to the family. Should we look for a puppy or an adult?

Christopher Responds

I am almost 10 years old, and in the years I have lived with my family, I have had to “break in” many puppies and adult dogs.

Some became members of our family, but most were foster dogs that lived with us only a few months before finding permanent homes of their own.

Based on my experience, I advise you to adopt an adult dog from a shelter or rescue organization.

Many adult dogs already know how to behave around us cats. Those that don’t are mature enough to learn quickly.

Furthermore, adult personalities are fairly well established, so shelter and rescue people can advise you about which of their dogs would be good with cats.

Your cats will teach your new canine family member how they want to be treated. You can make their job easier by choosing an adult dog.

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