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Q: how do i stop my dog from attacking my cat?

May 23, 2010 | By maddi g. | 3 answers | Expired: 1577 days ago

my bulldog, piggie, has attacked my cat three times in the last three days!!! what should i do to stop her before someone gets hurt?!(her teeth can't do any damage)

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Jillian
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May 24, 2010

you have to slowly, very, very slowly desensitize your dog to your cat {and vice verse}. this means keeping them separated {kitty in his/her own room for awhile}. once your cat calms down, bring your dog in for short visits, like 2 minutes. keep her leashed and walk her around the room, keeping her distracted. don't get too close to kitty, but give your dog treats for being aware of the cat w/o being aggressive/territorial/dominant. her tail should hang behind her, but should not extend above spine level, and no prolonged eye contact. looking is okay, but if she stares, turn her away and walk out the door. for ANY bad behavior, including staring, ignore your dog for two minutes and try again. after she's been in the room successfully enough consecutive times, extend it for 5 minutes. spend several days at this 5 minutes mark, then move onto 8, then 12. remember to go as slowly as possible and any bad behavior means they're not ready for more time.
during these re-introductions, also we aware of what signals your cat is giving off. does he/she seem threatening? their bad behavior should be disciplined too w/time outs, as well as good behavior rewarded for treats. swishing tails and staring are bad behaviors. a slow gliding tail or flicks of the very tip are okay though. just be extremely attuned to their body language b/c that is key to knowing how they're really feeling.
this will take a long time and a lot of dedication and consistency, but they'll get along w/time and patience. dogs and cats are notoriously good friends, but only if they were socialized. put in the time and effort now and you can all live long and happy lives together in the future. a few months really isn't long in the broader scope of things.

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Gail S.
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May 24, 2010

I don't know the full circumstances of whether the cat is new to your home or if your dog is just exhibiting new behavior. I would say that you should separate your cat and dog. If the environment is hostile it is probably causing both your dog and cat stress. Other negative behaviors can manifest when pets feel stress (i.e. inappropriate urinating). You certainly do not want either animal to get hurt and you could easily get hurt trying to break up a fight. I hope all works out for you!

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daryl b.
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May 24, 2010

i think both answers are good. the dogs teeth maynot hurt the cat but the jaws can

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