Dog and cat owners, help please.

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Found 2nd Mar 2011
We have had cats for years and a Labrador for 12 years till she died a few years ago and we never had any trouble with the animals mixing. We have always looked after a relative's Lab when they went away and again never had any problems. We are presently looking after their 10 month old bitch who is hell bent on going for our cats. She is a really feisty animal, really bouncy and exuberant and we don't dare let her near the cats. How can we overcome this and calm her down as we will be having her to stay fairly regularly from now on.

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Has the bitch been neutered?

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Paddy Charlie

Has the bitch been neutered?

not yet, will be as soon as she's had a season. She has visited us a few times over the last few months but only for a few hours so hasnt had long enough to be properly introduced to the cats. She did go for the cats on those occasions too.
Edited by: "kingy58" 2nd Mar 2011

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That will help it a lot when she has it done. But other than that don't eave them together unsupervised and you'll just need to train it to be around the cat.

My dog at home never bothered about the cat when we got it but once she'd see a different cat she'd be after it. I think the older the dog the less problems they have mixing so hopefully your dog will grow out of it

I think if you let them mix (supervised), the cats will soon put the dog in its place. One or two swipes of their sharp claws will be enough to educate the dog to behave.




Edit, only have cats (5 of them) but know how they like to defend their territory
Edited by: "KazzyD" 2nd Mar 2011

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KazzyD

I think if you let them mix (supervised), the cats will soon put the dog … I think if you let them mix (supervised), the cats will soon put the dog in its place. One or two swipes of their sharp claws will be enough to educate the dog to behave.


In theory, yes. In practice the dog leaps around excitedly wanting to play and one of the cats (the neurotic one!) shoots up the curtains to get as far away as he can!
http://rubenisstas.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/scared_cat.jpg
Edited by: "kingy58" 2nd Mar 2011
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