Hoping to change the subject and cause certain threads to die. Why yes, I'm ambitious
I just found out that my SIL is adding THREE kittens to their menagerie. I am in no way responsible for their names.
Annabelle Lee:
http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=6361664

Poe: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=6361672

Lady Luck: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7156262

They're not worried about Gatsby (hairy black dog), who is pretty gentle, but Shazzy (Boston Terror) is definitely going to get her nose out of joint. Wee widdle princess does not like competition.
Anyhow, I am wondering how to introduce my beasts to the cats when the time comes, most likely when we're visiting them. I am especially concerned with Lady, since she's got neurological issues, coordination problems and is apparently a little slow on the intake. Pan, I think should be okay; after all she's lived with cats and ferrets before. Khan OTOH will chase cats that run, although he apparently just wants to stick his nose in them and inhale deeply, but I'm concerned that a weird acting cat might cause a different reaction.
Advice?
Suja
I just found out that my SIL is adding THREE kittens to their menagerie.

Wow. That's a lot of kitteny goodness.
Annabelle Lee: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=6361664 Poe: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=6361672 Lady Luck: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=7156262

I like the first name, love the second, and will not comment on the third.
They're not worried about Gatsby (hairy black dog), who is pretty gentle, but Shazzy (Boston Terror) is definitely going to get her nose out of joint. Wee widdle princess does not like competition.

I hope they have a dog free space for the cats.
Anyhow, I am wondering how to introduce my beasts to the cats when the time comes, most likely when we're ... his nose in them and inhale deeply, but I'm concerned that a weird acting cat might cause a different reaction.

I'd keep them on leash to start with. You can observe them with the cats, and see how they react to each other. I'd take my cue partially from the cats themselves. Are they skittish around the dogs? Do they act like prey? You may find that, after the initial encounter, they aren't all that interested in each other. Worst case scenario, temporarily segregating the cats in a dog free area is a good idea.

Shelly (Warning: see label for details)
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Khan OTOH will chase cats that run, although he apparently just wants to stick his nose in them and inhale deeply, but I'm concerned that a weird acting cat might cause a different reaction. Advice?

Keep a leash on him and if he knows the command "easy", piece of cake. If he doesn't, start teaching it over anything you can think of that he wants to get at.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Wow. That's a lot of kitteny goodness.

I suppose a novice cat owner adding 3 kittens at once is different from a novice dog owner adding 3 dogs, and less likely to be a disaster. Two of the kitties (the first two) are coming home this weekend. The last one is not due to arrive for two weeks, on account of how she is not litter trained yet.
I like the first name, love the second, and will not comment on the third.

Which is just as well.
I hope they have a dog free space for the cats.

They bought a house recently, and I think that there should be enough room for the cats to have a dog free space. I don't know how their dogs will react to the cats, though. Shazzy doesn't chase stuff, but Gatsby does, although he is the more compliant of the two, and Shazzy does a pretty good simulation of a terrier, considering how she's a bug-eyed alien critter and all.
I'd keep them on leash to start with.

I'll definitely do that, and I think I will introduce the dogs to the cats one at a time. While Pan ignores cats (and pretty much any other critter), she's a total follower and will act in whatever manner Khan (or any other dog) is acting.
You can observe them with the cats, and see how they react to each other.

The pet store where I get the dogs' food from has a house cat and the vet's office does too. Pan doesn't even seem to notice them. Khan gets very, very, very excited. Even about the cats that are in carriers at the vet's reception. He's "met" indoor cats before. The one at the vet and the two at two different friends' house that sat still and acted all superior, he poked his nose into and snuffled. The two that ran, he chased; one smacked him on his nose and he backed down, but the one that decided to hide caused him to try to get under the couch hisself.
I'd take my cue partially from the cats themselves. Are they skittish around the dogs? Do they act like prey? You may find that, after the initial encounter, they aren't all that interested in each other.

Probably so. After all, both of them have lived with cats before.
Worst case scenario, temporarily segregating the cats in a dog free area is a good idea.

If it came to that, I'd rather find a hotel or something to stay in. SIL won't be happy to have to lock up the cats on our account, and I won't be happy to lock up my dogs on their account.
Suja
Keep a leash on him and if he knows the command "easy", piece of cake. If he doesn't, start teaching it over anything you can think of that he wants to get at.> Janet Boss

As per usual, I agree with shelly and Janet.When we brought our first 8 week old kitten into the home, last summer, Hannah Bean, she pretty much sized up the dogs, with me closely watching only Zack, as Ceilidh and Rudy both had been around cats. All was fine. Zack grumbled, like an old man, but never a snarl nor a snap. It's in his personality, 5 years younger than Rudy but by the way he groans and moans around here you'd expect him to be at least 98 yr, (human wise.) If/whenever Hannah felt they got too close she swiped at them, having been raised in a house full of dogs.

So, by the time our neighbor pawned off Piper Bean, (who has since become my fave kittens ever!!), they were pretty much indoctrinated. Tho IzzyBean is so sweet natured, Piper hates everyone but me. heh), the dogs knew that the kittens had their own 'weapons'; not that they were ever scratched, but hissed nastily enough in the face, that seemed to do the trick.
Little Isabella Bean (aka IzzyBizzyBee flies like the wind thru the house), was very 'confident' that she could hold her own with the other dogs, but she'd been out on her own for a weeks or more, by they way she looked.
The only teeny problem, is whenever Hannah wants to go out, not only does she sit by the door, hanging off of the door knob , most of the time, meowling constantly, but she has now taken up 'fighting' with LittleBit, IzzyBean.
(I know, I know..all my animals have way too many names, but you know what it's like, you can't come up with the sticker* until they've been around, and even then, we, or *I call them anything at any given time, and they all come runnin. Heh.)
I'd leash the dogs, and let the cats approach, you'd be surprised at just how very clearly those 'kitties' can get their 'message' across! Just as the others have said make sure there is some 'safe room' or place where the kittens can get to get away from the dogs, just in case.

Have fun!,
MaryBeth
Rudy, Ceilidh, and Zack
HannahBean, PiperBean, and IsabellaBeanie
I suppose a novice cat owner adding 3 kittens at once is different from a novice dog owner adding 3 dogs, and less likely to be a disaster.

I don't expect it'll be a disaster, but it's not something I would do. I value what's left of my sanity!
They bought a house recently, and I think that there should be enough room for the cats to have a ... two, and Shazzy does a pretty good simulation of a terrier, considering how she's a bug-eyed alien critter and all.

I imagine it'll be pretty exciting for a few days. I get the feeling that Shazzy might be the bigger problem, long-term, but frankly, I'd be more worried about her little bug eyes than the cats.
I'll definitely do that, and I think I will introduce the dogs to the cats one at a time. While ... any other critter), she's a total follower and will act in whatever manner Khan (or any other dog) is acting.

Very good idea.
If the cats aren't freaked out, I bet Pan will not get overly excited by them. Khan might be more difficult, but if, as they said, he was once good with cats, then he should figure out pretty quickly that they are not for chasing.
I always had to give Elliott a reminder, when he met new cats, that he needed to leave them alone. Once he had time for his prey drive to disengage and his brain to re-engage, he was fine with them. Fine meaning, he pretended to ignore them as long as they didn't act like prey. I still had to keep an eye on him around non-pack cats, though, because cats have an unfortunate habit of acting like prey.
The two that ran, he chased; one smacked him on his nose and he backed down, but the one that decided to hide caused him to try to get under the couch hisself.

I'd be concerned and careful, but it doesn't sound hopeless.
If it came to that, I'd rather find a hotel or something to stay in. SIL won't be happy to have to lock up the cats on our account, and I won't be happy to lock up my dogs on their account.

I don't blame you. That might be less frustrating for everyone, though probably not as fun. It'd be nice if the critters would all get along.

Shelly
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http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision. Joseph Joubert
Keep a leash on him and if he knows the command "easy", piece of cake.

He knows 'easy', but in a different context. I use it when we're going down steep-ish inclines, where he can walk at his normal pace but I would get myself killed if I maintained it. It tells him to take itty-bitty baby steps.
If he doesn't, start teaching it over anything you can think of that he wants to get at.

He does know to 'Leave It'. Which he does with cats (and four legged prey critters), but he is very, very excited about the presence of cats, and while the other four legged ones would be thanking their lucky stars and hoofing it, the cats won't be going anywhere. I went back to his write-up from the shelter and it says "He has spent time in the office of Whitney Mason, Executive Director, where he has gently nuzzled the many kittens that share the space". Maybe he is getting all amped up because he just wants to gently nuzzle the kitty, and I won't let him (considering how they aren't my kitties, and I don't want to take any chances).
Suja