Hello, it's me again!
Yes, I'm a newbie with lots of questions, but I really want to be a responsible dogie owner and make sure Zeus grows up happy, healthy, and well balanced!
So, Zeus has a big sister named Gypsy who is a nine year old cat who I've had for 8 years. I did a lot of research prior to bringing him home with how to properly introduce the two. One method was to keep them in separate rooms for a while, then switch rooms so they could get used to each others scents, and then eventually letting them interact with one another from behind a closed door. Well, the way the house is set up... that wasn't really feasible. Plus, we started crating him right away, and his crate stays in the living room and Gypsy's litter box is in the laundry room and we didn't want to keep her cooped up in a little area.
We've had Zeus for about 2 weeks (19 days to be exact) and we've kept him contained to the living room area by blocking off the hallway and kitchen area with baby and pet gates. Gypsy still has free roam of the house. At the beginning, Zeus and Gypsy mostly looked at each other and that's it. She kept her distance and he kept his. But as he became more comfortable being with us, he really wanted to interact with her. He gets so excited when he sees her! His little tell wags and he play bows at her. She, of course, doesn't take kindly to his advances and usually gives him a growl or warning hiss. Before, he would leave her alone. But now, he's taking to chasing her around and barking at her. He's still being playful, as the bowing and tail wagging is still present, but his newfound vocalness and lunging at her is causing a greater reaction from her. Her growls have gotten more fierce.
The last thing I want is for her to attack him out of fear. I know since he's so young, he probably doesn't understand that cat language and dog language are different (I don't even think he's ever seen a cat before until now) and that she doesn't play the way that he does. Any advice on how to get these two to get accustomed to each other? Is it just a "give it more time" thing? Should I discourage him from yapping and chasing at her? Thanks in advance!