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Old 01-03-2013, 07:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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We've had Duke since Sept 21st - he was 16 weeks old when we got him. Our cat HATES Duke. However, our cat is very skittish and runs from every loud sound. Once the cat starts to run, Duke's prey drive kicks in and he chases him like a lunatic. He does NOT listen at all when he's in that state. And the few times that the cat doesn't run from him, Duke will stand there and stomp his front paws until he does run away so that he can chase him. Hubby is scared that one of them will get hurt so we keep them separated for the mostpart. I just don't know what to do... hopefully they will have some pointers for us in training classes when we start on the 20th. I keep telling hubby that we just have to let them go at it and that keeping them separated doesn't help anything! He just says "Wait until the 20th and we'll see what the trainer says." I'm going to rub it in his face when they tell him the same thing I've told him! lol
If you need to keep them separated you can buy pet gates with a small cat door built in. We have one to keep our boxer out of our utility room, which is where our cat's litter box and food dishes are located. Our cat can go in and out easily. My friend has two dogs and two cats that just don't get along and she has the same gates, which helps a great deal to keep them separated but still allows the cats to roam thru the house if they want to.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:43 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Our cat's litter & food are in our laundry room. I just put a baby gate up to keep the dogs out of there. Then I am also able to slide the door a little so then the kitty has privacy. She's 16 yrs old & quite grumpy. In fact lately I have noticed she's just not herself. She's eating but doesn't seem to be using her litter box to much. I'm not finding any evidence that she's pottying anywhere in the house.
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I've always found in fascinating how well my cats get along with the dogs in the house!
The cats were here first (apartment living in my early twenties had me adopting cats trying to fill the need of having something furry around!) and I think having the cats first helps in the dogs eventually realizing that the cats need respect.
Willow NEVER chased the cats (but I think that has to do with her illness).
Molly is my 6 year old JRT/Pug mix....she thinks she's the boss of everyone, EXCEPT the cats! LOL
I also currently have my mom's 2 year Golden staying with me right now for a bit. He learned the "hard way" not to bother the cats, or he gets a good claw-filled swipe!
I think constant supervision for the first little while is always a MUST. I still don't fully trust Molly alone with the cats (she IS part JRT after all!), but now that we're in a house, there is plenty of room for everyone, and the cats tend to stay in the bedroom, while Molly spends all her time in the livingroom.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:23 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I had to pull Dixie off Miss Kitty today...she had that front paw hooked around her belly and wouldn't let her go. She didn't bite her but when I freed the cat she tried to catch her with her mouth....ugh the stress
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Hubby put in a cat door to the laundry room in the basement where we keep the cat's litterbox and food. He's afraid they are going to get hurt running down the stairs or fighting. I'd rather keep them separated for now than listen to hubby's bitching about potentially having to take one of them to the emerg vet! ugh!
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We already have a gate to the utility room (litter box and food) because Otis our Great Pyrenees loves, loves, loves cat poop. YUCK! Yesterday a few times when Jase pinned Zeus down he was biting the back of his neck and Zeus cried. Jase wouldn't get off so I pulled him by his collar and said No Cat! or should I be saying No Biting? Thing is Zeus wants to play, but I'm afraid Jase is getting too rough. He weighed 15 lbs at the vet last week and I would almost bet he is close to 20 now but he looks to me like he is starving because he is so skinny and bony.
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