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Q: Host has an angry cat.

December 16, 2008 | By Edith F. | 8 answers | Expired: 2090 days ago

Host has an angry cat.

When we visit our grandsons, their cat resents the dog, sneaks up on her, ready to attack. I keep the dog near me, often on a leash, but everyone gets upset when they snarl and bark. So far, no blood, but I hope we can do better.

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Marnie B.
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Dec 24, 2008

I have a cat that also hates dogs only he WOULD attack. It stresses him out a lot and since it's his house, I wouldn't bring a dog into the home and upset them both. If you absolutely have to bring the dog, could you confine him to one room that the cat wouldn't have access to?

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Geoff L.
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Dec 24, 2008

If I'm the visitor, I'd have to make arrangements for my dog. If they come to MY home, they have to make arrangements for their cat. To stress them both out doesn't make much sense to me.

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HomePro
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Dec 24, 2008

It IS, after all, the cat's home, and I too have a cat that absolutely hates dogs and will attack and continue to attack. I don't think it's fair to upset either animal more than need be. If you HAVE to bring your dog with you, I suggest you keep him in a separate room... My daughter brings her dogs over but they usually don't come in the house, and if they do, they're confined to our walk-out finished basement.

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Maryjodellamaggiore
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Dec 21, 2008

If you must have the dog with you, I suggest you keep it in a separate room from the cat. The cat is protecting its territory. The dog is a guest; keep it away from the cat. Take the dog for long walks. Love on it in YOUR guest room.

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Jill F.
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Dec 17, 2008

I guess that I wouldn't bring the dog with me. If you're going to be visiting overnight, board the dog, or have a petsitter come in to take care of him.

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Ourstaff
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Dec 16, 2008

Giving the cat a safe space will help to reduce the tension.  If you visit on a regular bases you may want to try and introduce the two by using the tips for adding new pets.  A toy/blanket/etc with the the dog's scent can be given to the cat.  Place it near it's food/treats so it begins to associate nice things with the dog.  Let the dog walk all over your Grand children's home (after the toy step) to spread the scent out further.  You can let them meet by placing the cat in a carrier and letting the dog sniff it. Make sure that they are both cuddled and rewarded when they are together. If they don't settle down after a few short visits and time outs they may need to be kept apart

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A H.
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Dec 16, 2008

Also - the more the humans get upset, the more the animals will. Encourage everyone to stay calm. I find that this can resolve 7 out of 10 animal issues!

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Lindyg
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Dec 16, 2008

it is normal for a cat to be defensive of her/his home. Most are too afraid to actively go after a strange dog, but they are upset by the canine visitor just the same. I would reccommend that when a visit is planned, the cat be confined to a quiet room in another part of the house (perhaps a bedroom0. Provide a litterbox, water (& dry food if this is your normal routine), & a few favorite toys or blanket. Put a note on the outside of the door requesting that people do not enter.
Rather than feeling isolated, the cat will most likely appreciate the chance to relax. And avoiding face-to-face contact with the dog will definitely benefit both feline & canine--much less stressful!!

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