My new 5 month old Coton puppy instantly hates my 7 & 5 year old cats.
Coton barks loudly at them when they get near me or real close. I thought Cotons got along with everyone?
As you've only just brought this pup into your home, it's quite possible that he's never met a cat before. In which case his reactions are perfectly normal!
He doesn't know what they are, doesn't trust them, and is trying to 'protect' you from them. You will need to give him plenty of time to adjust to having cats in his home and show him that they are not a threat. He many never learn to love them, but he should learn to accept/tolerate them given time.
In general cats can take care of themselves in this type of situation and unless the dog is a very large breed with a strong prey drive, they usually get the upper hand in any confrontation.
Be patient and give your new pup time to settle into his new home and to feel secure there. At 5 months old it will take him a little longer than it would for an 8 week old pup to adjust, it's all new and scary to him. He will need to learn to trust you and to feel confident that this is his 'forever' home. The cats will also learn to accept/tolerate him.
Hope this helps, best of luck with your new pup.
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