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Old 03-18-2017, 02:52 AM
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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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Old 03-20-2017, 05:02 AM
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trust that OJ will set the boundaries for chicken nugget. I have two cats, one about 6 years old (ginger) and the other (sheeba) unsure (she was abandoned and adopted us as an adult a few years ago). when we brought hunley home he wanted to play play play. Both cats tolerated him, as they got along well with our previous dog (we had to put her down due to old age). When he becomes too much for Sheeba she slapped him a few times and he got the idea. he pesters ginger more but she is more willing to "play" with him until she has had enough and then she just leaves. OJ will set a rule and chicken nugget will figure out the signals and respect them. Just be mindful of scratches if at first the pup does not figure out the signals. Hunley learned them quickly after a few smacks. Just clean scratches with soap and water and some neosporen if needed. Think hunley got two small scratches and now is gentle with Sheeba. Sometimes he forgets, and she slaps at him but no claws out because he will immediately back away when her paw goes up.
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I think the above posters have got the 'problem' down pat. Let the cat 'tell' the puppy when it has had enough. Puppies get a certain level of behavior that older dogs don't. When he reaches this 'level' they will get 'tougher' in their discipline. I'd let the cat alone, and let it 'teach' the puppy when it gets too rough.

I have a siamese along with 4 dogs. She does well with them. Doesn't really play, but does tease one of the chi's. This chi is the youngest, and is a little afraid of the cat, but likes to try a grab her tail!! A real little sneak. The cat 'whapped' the puppy when she was really young. No claws, but it made the puppy afraid!
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Good advice. An adult cat can communicate when enough is enough. The puppy will learn, just as they learn good behavior in their litter and from other dogs. Just watch, and I suspect all will be OK soon.

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I have a new Chi (Ellie) & I have 2 cats, an older one that's very low key (my youngest stepdaughter named her Boots, but she's a dad's cat & I call her Kitty Loo) & I have a younger, very energetic cat (Macy). Kitty Loo basically wants nothing to do with Ellie & let's Ellie know, sometimes swats at her but mostly hisses. Always jumping up high to get away. Macy & Ellie get along amazingly, I'd even say friends. They beat each other up, & groom. Ellie grooms Macy's ears, yuck. So I would let them work it out amongst themselves. If you hear loud yelps, schools in session.
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Be careful with the "let the cat set boundaries" tactic. It CAN work, but seeing as cats and dogs have a lot of opposing body languages, it can also be dangerous. You need to pay attention, and step in if your cat looks distressed. Also make sure that he always has an escape route, and places where he can be out of reach of the dog if he feels the need.
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I watch them closely, but I'm honestly more worried about the cat than I am the dog. OJ was raised around a chi dog, he's always been very careful not to cause physical damage. But that said, I'm always cautious, although they do seem to be bonding. I've woken up at night and found them cuddled on the bed, and OJ seems to really enjoy having his ears chewed on. Basically, I'm letting them lay out their own rules and relationship under my supervision. Thanks for all the advice guys!

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I have two male cats in my house who will tell you that they will NOT necessarily "work it out themselves" and set boundaries. My 12 year old and 8 month old male cats have not ONCE stood up for themselves when Finley, our almost-two-year-old Chi/monster, goes at them. It started with Oliver, the older boy, when Finley was a puppy. Oliver is a major push over and very timid, and Finley learned quickly that Oliver would run from him and he could chase, which of course for Fin was a very fun game. Not so much for Oliver. When we got Chance last summer as a kitten, I figured being a baby he would either play with Fin and they'd be best friends, or he would put Fin in his place and wack him on the nose a couple times when Fin overstepped. Nadda, Chance hasn't done it once and Finley now pushes him around and charges at him as well. It started as playing with Oliver when he was a puppy (though not according to Oliver), and now we're at a point when Finley is what I would call just mean to them sometimes. We're constantly working to fix the situation, and it's a lot of work.
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