Post # 1
I’m watching a dog for 4 months, she was in a neglected situation & fed food she was allergic to, poor thing. Her name is Piddles. lol. Same dog I was trying to find a ride for in my last thread, but the dog wasn’t as bad as I had thought :). I just got back from the vet & they said she looks good & healthy.
1. Cat issues. Conner & Murphy (kittens) are TERRIFIED of Piddles. They run & hiss whenever she comes in the house (I take her to work, or when I take her for a walk). They hid under the couch all day yesterday & then again this morning. At night, we put Piddles in the laundry room & the cats finally came out. Piddles will be chewing on a toy & Conner will slowly walk over to her, kinda sniff around her, & if Piddles looks at him, Conner will growl & gets all fluffy & then goes up to her & tries to scratch her (he got her once). Figures, I’d get a cat that attacks a dog! Murphy just hides & has no interest in getting near Piddles. The cats love Hayley, don’t mind her at all. I feel bad for the kittens, they just hide all day & if the dog looks at them they hiss, spat, get all fluffy & hide under the couch til the dog is gone :(.
2. Riding issues. Piddles gets snippy at Hayley (my dog) ONLY when we’re riding in my car. I take them to work with me & I can’t leave Piddles at home because of the cats. I can’t leave Hayley at home because she’s always with me & I can’t do that to her, she’d be super jealous. I’ve put Piddles on the leash & hold the leash while I’m driving (sounds more dangerous than it is). Hayley is super submissive. When they’re anywhere else, they play. Any suggestions on what to do?
Post # 3
I had some of the same issues with my cat, when I first brought my dog home. I would give the cats some more time. My cat hated my dog, and had some of the same behaviours as your cats, but after a few weeks it settled out. I made sure the cat got attention when they were separate, and completely ignored him when he was freaking out over the dog.
As for the driving, I would use car harnesses, and seatbelt the dogs in the car so they can’t get near each other (either one front, one back, or on opposite ends of the back seat).
Post # 4
The cats will get over it. Give them time with the dog. Cats are usually more territorial and they are making it known to the dog – once the pecking order is established, all should be ok. They will either become friends or they will happily ignore each other. If the cat continues to hate the dog, trust me, the dog (unless a cat killer) will avoid the cat. My cat ignores the dog for the most part, but the dog still avoids her like the plague.
When in the car, it sounds like you may have to crate them. Piddles might have had a bad experience in the car. Do you take the dogs everywhere? Even to the grocery store? Why can’t they be left at home? You can get some baby gates and fence off any no-no areas if you are worried about something.
Pets are pets and will get used to one another (for the most part – some situations don’t work out). If your dogs generally get along, you should be able to leave them at home together just fine. The cats will get over it. If they haven’t attacked her, they probably won’t…they’ll get used to her in time.
Post # 5
I agree with PP, cats will get used to the dog. My cats HATED and were TERRIFIED of my FH’s dog when they first met him. Now it’s not uncommon for them to snuggle on the couch together.
They’re all just adjusting to a new situation, give them some time.
Post # 6
@Ms Mini: Ok so just takes more time. I figured they wouldn’t freak out because I already have a dog. It only took them a few days to get used to Hayley so hopefully it goes that fast! Hmm seatbelts are a good idea thanks! 🙂
@BackyardLoveBird: When Conner tries to scratch Piddles, I tried spraying Conner with water. I don’t want him to attack the dog, but I don’t know if spraying him is the right thing? Piddles just kinda takes it, didn’t try to bite or hurt Conner back so at least I don’t have them trying to hurt each other. Ok so I don’t actually take them everywhere, just to work. It feels like its everywhere cause its basically the only place I go in my car. We usually take DH’s car & no dogs are allowed in there. I usually take Hayley with me for short errands like to rent a movie or if I’m going on a walk.
@SBourgeous: I wish they just were friends already but yea I suppose it just takes time. Conner won’t even come to me, he always lays on my lap or next to me when I’m on the couch, now he’s just wide-eyed & hiding under the couch so guess a few more days or weeks & he’ll be good.
I guess I was more concerned cause Conner has been around a different dog before (the dog was a tiny dog, about the same size as him), & he didn’t act like that at all. I did give the dog a small blanket last night night, then put the blanket in the kitten’s space this morning so they get used to his smell.
Post # 7
It sounds like you’ve got things under control, but it’s going to be rough for a while.
Post # 8
The kittens will be fine eventually. It took ours a while to get used to the dog, but after about a week they were fine and after about 2-3 weeks they were playing like best friends. They still fight even 8 months later, but I just chalk that up to being the classic cat/dog relationship. I usually let them play hard because our kitten is the same way as Conner in that he swats at the dog all the time. Over time that swatting turned into taunting and now its pretty hilarious to see them go at it. The cat will bite our dog in the face and go after his tail and the dog will nip back at the cat. They have never seriously hurt each other though so I let them have their fun. If the dog gets too rough I just yell “Gentle!” and he settles down a bit. I think it’s always best to let animals work out their own dynamic as long as they are not hurting each other or too dominate other one another.
Post # 9
Here is the terrifier of cats!
This is so annoying thou, Conner just sits by me growling & growling & staring at the dog. Piddles is across the room, not even facing Conner just chewing on a bone.
Post # 10
Aw, what a sweet face! Maybe try the Feliway or extra catnip to calm the kitties? I hope they all settle down soon!
Post # 11
I would treat it sort of as if you were introducing another kitty to them. Cats are just super sensitive to change, and just get stressed so easily. Feliway is a great idea if you don’t already have it. Make sure there’s a room or some safe place in the house for the cats to get away to, somewhere you can put food/water/litterbox where they don’t have to be around Piddles at all..she can’t get in but they can come and go, if possible. Keep a blanket with her for a few days and then move it into that cat area so they get used to her scent and “her” being everywhere. Just don’t force anything, and give it time. It can easily take even a few weeks for them to be even less edgy having her around. Sounds like you are doing pretty well already! Good luck 🙂
Post # 12
@canthugallcats: Oh my gosh at that face. I could never have that dog because I would literally never be able to tell him no.
Post # 13
I would crate the dogs in the car, or at the very least crate piddles. She is probably getting snappy because she’s afraid and uncomfortable in the car. Crating in the car, (or using the safety harnesses) with make her feel more secure, will keep the dogs seperate, and is safer for all three of you since they ARE seperate, they are secured in case of an accident, and you are focused on driving instead of what the dogs are doing.
Like everyone else said, the kittens will get over it. Praise them for any positive interest in the dog. I would interefere too much with them slapping at her UNLESS you think she will react aggressively in retaliation.