Stacking the Shelves #190: Dog vs. Cat

Posted July 23rd, 2016 in meme, Stacking the Shelves / 27 comments


Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

For Review


cover the dirty angels trilogy by karina halle

Christy at Christy’s Love of Books did an awesome thing this week. She let me know The Dirty Angel’s Trilogy was only $0.99 (and still is as of this minute) so I grabbed that sucker fast. It’s the companion trilogy of Sins and Needles. So excited!!!


cover the woman in cabin 10 by ruth ware

A few bloggers are raving about The Woman in Cabin 10 so I had to grab it as well. Yay for mysteries!

What books did you get this week? Have you read any of the ones I got?

My Week

So we got a dog. It’s a long story but this dog didn’t have anywhere else to stay because of some circumstances. He will be 13 years old in September so he’s near the end of his life but we are going to give him the best last years we can. He’s had a…stressful life and he needs only love from now on. However, the problem is Castiel, our cat. I knew this was going to be an ordeal but boy is the integration not going good. Castiel constantly hisses at Bosco, the new dog. Bosco has already snapped at Castiel few times. The cat stays hidden most of the time. But overall they mostly stay away from each other. It sucks. I want them to be friends so bad. I feel really bad for Castiel because I don’t want him to think we are picking Bosco over him or replacing him since this was his house first. Anybody ever had a similar problem with a dog and cat? Any suggestions?

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27 Responses to “Stacking the Shelves #190: Dog vs. Cat”

  1. Nathan

    When we first got a dog, Kayla (and later another cat Calvin) we were concerned my old cat Clyde would not take to them well. Actually we were a little afraid he might attack them (he did hunt, kill and eat rabbits). For the first while we kept the new pet in their own room (a bathroom) until they got accustomed to one another. Clyde and the other pets never became like siblings but that is to be expected, Clyde was old enough to be a distant great grandparent (we got his as a cat who was given up on our doorstep as a middle aged cat and he lived with us for 18 years, making him about 24 when he finally died. Both of the other pets we had at the time took that hard. But Kayla and Calvin did become like siblings, even if one was a small dog and the other a cat. Just so you know, as Clyde’s health deteriorated and he got high blood pressure, there were a couple of fights with Calvin, but nothing to serious. I would recommend you get your pets used to each other and you over at least a week or more. I don’t know your dogs history with cats, my dog was basically raised by cats. You could look up some books on raising cats with dogs for more help. i hope this helps you.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I have looked up a lot of stuff about assimilating cats and dogs. They pretty much all say the same thing. It takes time, like it did with your situation. They pretty much stay away from each other but I am hopeful they will be friends one day.

  2. Christy LoveOfBooks

    Yay for Woman in Cabin 10! That’s sweet of you to take the dog in. They’ll adjust eventually. Just make sure the dog is taught that going after the cat is off limits no matter what the cat does. Double standard, I know. But you don’t want him thinking it’s okay to react that way with anything. Believe me, their feeling won’t be hurt or thing you’re playing favorites. I’ve gone through this so many times. I had an old senile ornery cat who attacked everyone. We got 2 puppies and had to teach one not to react to her, especially since he was going to be a big dog. They learned to just ignore her and gave her space. When she did go off on them, they just went away from her. Cass will show the dog his boundaries, but sometimes you just need to back them up on it and let the dog know.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      That’s what we have been doing. When the dog has gone after Cas, we tell him no and stop him, even if the cat started it by batting at him. The cat can’t do much harm but the dog could kill the cat with one bite. There has to be a double standard.

  3. chucklesthescot

    I can’t help you with your pet problem I’m afraid! I don’t have any pets and I hate cats! Yeah helpful right! *grins* It was good of you to take in the dog for his later years so I hope everything works out ok.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      So far so good, but they just stay away from each other mostly.

  4. sherry fundin

    I’ve seen Cabin 10 and I think it looks like a great read too. Look forward to hearing what you think. About the critters, no suggestions, but it is very kind of you to share your home.
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes

  5. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    NIce new reads! Seeing a lot of the second one and feel curious about it!

    Sorry to hear about the pet woes. I remember when I was little we had a dog and cat and while they didn’t get along all the time, they could be in the same room. Unless the dog decided she wanted to chase the cat. Our current cat now hates our dogs, well and us, and if one of the dogs sneaks upstairs then it does get bad. So unfortunately I have no wisdom to pass on. 🙁

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  6. Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous)

    I got our dog in kinda similar circumstances. We were living in the Mojave desert and a neighbor just let him go one day because she didn’t want him and didn’t care if he became “coyote food.” So, I kept him at our house with my 3 cats while I tried to find him a forever home. One of my cats constantly followed him around and hissed/whacked at him. There was one time where all three of them cornered him in the kitchen and were closing in on him. Mind you, this was like the only time the 3 of THEM got along. Luckily, the dog was only about a year old and was terrified of the cats and would run away from them. So at the beginning, when I wasn’t home I’d put him in a big crate for his own safety. It’s been 3 years that we’ve had the pup and while they aren’t best of friends, they coexist with each other. Getting to that point took a handful of months though. It’s a huge adjustment for a cat but as long as the dog isn’t overly active or aggressive, they should be fine soon. Good luck.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      In am hoping after a few months things will get better. They stay away from each other right now. But the cat is still scared of the dog in that he stays away from him.

  7. Lekeisha

    Happy reading! The Woman in Cabin 10 has been everywhere. Can’t wait to read your review. Once your cat figures out that the dog isn’t an enemy, he will mellow out. If they both were younger, it would be easier, I think.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I know, if they were younger I wouldn’t be as stressed about the situation.

  8. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Oh sweet that you took the dog in. But sorry about the troubles with the cat and dog. Maybe they will work through it and come to terms? We had brought a cat into our dogs home and it was a bit of an effort…The cat was said to like other animals and it was swatting and hissing at the dog, who was friendly. But then they came to an agreement and became the best of friends. When we got our puppies the cat was thrilled to have new companions.

    Do hope it all works out for them.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      I really want them to be friends but I am not sure if they is going to happen. the dog was trained to go after cats. ugh

  9. Melissa

    I’ve only had cats. I now have just one and am even afraid of getting another for fear he’ll feel replaced…but my sisters have always had both and I know it is a looooong adjustment. Key is keeping them separated. Lock the new pet up in one bedroom allowing the cat to still feel like the house is hers and that she isn’t forced to hide all day. make sure you keep giving her lots of attention and only allow the dog out for brief periods under supervision until you are sure they can get along…this may still take weeks and you may still need to separate at night or while you are at work for a few months until everything is 100% safe.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      That’s what sucks. I wanted to put the dog in the room for a bit while the cat got to roam but that went terribly wrong. So the cat is now stuck hiding from the dog. I know the cat is going to resent us.

  10. Jaclyn Canada

    I’ve just started binge watching Supernatural since I’d never seen it before. I’m on season 6 now. I’m loving your cat’s name 😀 We have situations around here where dogs sometimes need a better home. I’ve never had a dog and cat at the same time so I have no good advice. I bet they will get used to each other though there’s no telling how long that might take.

  11. Olivia Roach

    I haven’t heard of either of those books before, but I do hope you’ll enjoy reading both of them. I know nothing about having both a cat and a dog but most of the people who have both tend to say theirs get a long? I hope yours will work out their differences soon…

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