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Old 12-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #1 (permalink)
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We have had Jase for 2 weeks. Mostly things are going great except for Jase and 1 of my cats, Zeus. In the beginning they were pals, buddies, now Jase is getting too rough biting Zeus on the back of the neck, pinning him down, stepping on him. Zeus is fighting back, scratching biting his ears (He hasn't bit through his ear, thank goodness) Funny thing is the cat just keeps coming back for more. At the vet Thursday Jase weighed 15.1 lbs at 9 weeks, poor Zeus weighs 11 lbs. I have been pulling Jase off by the scruff of the neck and firmly saying "No Cat!" Well I guess I hurt his feelings a little while ago because he climbed in my lap and started loving on me. Usually he keeps going after the cat when I scold him. Does anyone have any other recommendations? I know to just keep reinforcing but is there anything else? Oh, my other cat just stays high on the cat condo and watches, I'm sure she is laughing inside.

Last night we had to leave Jase for the first time. We are crating him. I have left before, but it was while he was napping and I was back before he woke up. When we got back, some how he had unlatched the bottom latch, pushed open the bottom of the gate and his head was stuck between the gate and the gate facing. It's a wonder he didn't strangle himself. I felt so bad for him. Has anyone had this problem with your dog getting the latches open and if so what did you do?
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Maggie used to get the latches open on hers but her kennel was made differently. Pheona & Murphy have pawed at the gate but have never gotten them open. Murphy chases our cat (16 yrs old & very grumpy). The cat tends to be faster than her. We keep telling Murphy that Patch doesn't like anyone & doesn't want to be friends. It took till recently that Patch doesn't mind Pheona.
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Brandi and the cat are fine Ziggy looks so much like her momma that the cat cant tell she isnt and they are fine Buster and Mia and the cat are ww4 both chase the cat both have had the tarnation scratched out of them I have rescued a very slobbery kitty on more than one occasion now unless the pack is sleeping the cat stays in the basement she comes up and hangs out late at night and until my daughter is up with the Budda and Mia then the cat is gone like a flash you may just need to let them work it out but be sure to give the cat a safe dog free zone
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our dogs have a healthy respect for the cats, jase is young and it sounds like he might have to learn the hard way that kitty doesn't want to play rough. as for the crate we found it easier to just baby gate the pups in the kitchen or den while we were gone then to lock them up in a crate that way they can walk around and play.
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Let the cat teach the puppy what is acceptable behaviour. If the cat keeps coming back for more then they are just rough housing.
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If the cat keeps going back for more, they're just playing. Our cat and dog are always play fighting with each other. And when the cat has had enough, he lets her know. Just make sure the cat has some place to go where the dog can't get to in case he wants to be alone or has had enough of the dog. Ziggy isn't allowed down in the basement, so Beavis has the entire basement to himself. Cats can stick up for themselves! Pretty soon you'll have the toughest cat in the neighborhood lol

Ziggy used to get her crate open all the time. She'd wrap her super long tongue around the latches and move them over lol. I'd come home and she'd be curled up on my bed! Maybe just find a way to tie them shut? Depends on the type of crate I guess.
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Thanks for the input everyone. I kind of figured they would work it out someday. I just don't like Jase biting the back of Zeus' neck with those sharp baby teeth. As for the crate, tonight when we went to eat we had 2 small padlocks that we put on the latches. He was still asleep when we got home so I'm still not sure how he will react when he wakes up and we're not home. The crate is a Midwest icrate, so maybe some of you know the latches I'm talking about. We were worried when we bought the crate (before we got Jase) because Zeus decided it was his. There were a few disagreements inside it. lol!
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Thanks for the input everyone. I kind of figured they would work it out someday. I just don't like Jase biting the back of Zeus' neck with those sharp baby teeth. As for the crate, tonight when we went to eat we had 2 small padlocks that we put on the latches. He was still asleep when we got home so I'm still not sure how he will react when he wakes up and we're not home. The crate is a Midwest icrate, so maybe some of you know the latches I'm talking about. We were worried when we bought the crate (before we got Jase) because Zeus decided it was his. There were a few disagreements inside it. lol!
My 2 year old female cat, Abby, & Serena my 18 week old boxer get along pretty well. I would call them friends. Abby showed no fear when we brought the-then 9 week old Serena home. She didn't run or hide from Serena at all.

But I still watch them carefully together because now Serena is twice Abby's size & weight, and I don't want Abby to get hurt by accident when they are playing. So far, though, Abby has put Serena in her place. A couple of quick swats & a hiss from Abby usually causes Serena to back off if Abby doesn't want to be bothered. We also have gates up and places Abby can go to in the house which are off-limits to Serena. And Serena is crated at night & when we are not at home.
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They are both cute!!
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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
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