I need advice from people with a cat in the house
My cat OJ is awesome. He likes other animals, and is amazingly tolerant and patient. His best friend was my late chi, and he mourned Minions passing, so was happy when I brought home a new puppy, Chicken Nugget. He told around on the floor and plays chase with her, grooms her, and leans his head into her when she walks by or chews on his ears. My problem though is Chicken Nugget doesn't know when to quit. He will be trying to sleep and she's jumping on him, biting him HARD, thrashing her head around, yanking on his tail. He has occasionally flipped her on her back and pinned her down when he's past his breaking point, and does get up and leave in a huff if she won't leave him alone, but I feel bad. He's my buddy and very attached and he can't cuddle with me because she won't leave him alone at all, and I don't want him to resent her. I've been putting her in time outs when she just won't back off, but she's PERSISTENT, and it will take two or three time outs to get my point across to leave him alone, and I'll have to grab her as she walks straight from her box to get him again and I'm afraid that's teaching her she can't play with him at all. Any suggestions? How do I teach her it's ok to play with him, but to respect it when he wants to rest or cuddle? Or should I be interfering at all, and trust him to set his own boundaries with her and not resent the upheaval she's brought into his life?
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