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Cat scared of dog

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Charley Lawson, Apr 11, 2020.


  1. Charley Lawson

    Charley Lawson PetForums Newbie

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    Would really appreciate any help/advice. Recently 2 families have moved in to a new house together. Our cat is absolutely petrified of the dog (they didn't know each other before the move) and she is basically living upstairs. When the dog goes on a walk, we take the cat downstairs or into the garden and she sprints upstairs straightaway. It's really heart breaking as the cat has no life and seems like it will stay this way forever. Thanks guys
     
  2. Etienne

    Etienne Dad to Puss and Shadow

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    Personally I think you need professional help. It may have been easier if the cat was originally in the house first. Good luck.
     
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    Silverdoof PetForums Member

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    How did you introduce them?

    what breed/type of dog is it? How does the dog react towards the cat. What age is the cat?
     
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    As above, far more information needed
     
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    Teddy-dog PetForums VIP

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    The cat May overcome this but it takes time and patience and training (for the dog). How does the dog react to the cat? What steps have you taken to make sure that the cat has somewhere it can go to feel safe (a space away from the dog and also the rooms you are hoping for the cat to spend time in).

    when we first got our dog the cat did disappear upstairs for a couple of weeks. So was happy up there and had attention and all resources up there. She eventually started wandering downstairs for small periods of time and now they can hang out fine. They’re not best friends but know how to act around each other. We did a lot of training with the dog so he knows he’s not allowed to chase the cat.
     
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  6. Charley Lawson

    Charley Lawson PetForums Newbie

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    The dog is a cocker Spanial, when he sees the cat through the stair gate he barks uncontrollably. We are very scared that he would hurt the cat if he found the oppertunity. The cat is around 16 years 9f age. Thanks.
     
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    Poor cat, they are supposed to be enjoying a relaxing retirement near the end of their life and they're being terrified by an overzealous Cocker. That's so horribly unfair. You need to keep the dog away from the cat, separate the households, or consider rehoming them to a quieter home where they can relax in peace and quiet. In this situation, it's horrendously unfair to force the cat to live in this situation.
     
  8. Teddy-dog

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    this is where your management comes in - you must not allow him to carry on this behaviour or it’ll become engrained. You can attach a house line to him so you can remove him from the situation. Use a kong or a chew to give him if the cat is around to distract him - you need to find a way to reward calm behaviour when the cat is around and also to reward the cat too so she associates the dog with good things. We always had 2 people in the room when first introducing ours - the cat always had an escape route and the dog was never allowed to focus too much on the cat. We would have treats, something really high value and reward them both at a safe distance apart - dog on lead so he would never have the opportunity to get to her - if he paid too much attention to her and got too focused we would remove him from the room.

    I never had to do this with my own dog and cat but one thing I’ve seen advised is crate train the dog, and put them in a crate when the cat is allowed in the room. You give the dog something to do (like a kong or chew as mentioned) so his focus is on that not on the cat. If he goes that crazy you need to make sure there is distance between him and the cat so he can focus on his chew and not on getting to the cat. He needs to learn to ignore the cat. It won’t happen on its own, you need to interrupt his behaviour and manage him and it might be a lot of work.

    The most important thing is that your cat has plenty of places to escape (upstairs where the dog can’t follow maybe and up high on cat trees or shelves) so it feels comfortable and safe.

    a last resort might be that you have to split your house in two and have the cat in one half and the dog in the other.
     
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  9. Charley Lawson

    Charley Lawson PetForums Newbie

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    Thabk you very much, we have taken your advice on board very much. We have decided to get professional help with someone who is going to do a Skype consultations with us. Thanks again l, really hoping we can have 2 happy pets
     
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    ewelsh PetForums VIP

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    @Charley Lawson please take heart, you can fix this with a happy outcome with happy calm pets.

    I have done this over and over, the first was a one year old rehomed parsons terrier who just wanted to kill my 2 yr old cat, believe me she would have given half a chance.

    It took a lot of patience plus perseverance but we did it. Since then we have continued to re home cats, dogs, kittens.

    At the moment I have 4 dogs and 2 house cats, 1 stray outside cat all living happily together. Actually the cats rule the house! :D
    Good luck
     
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