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Old 05-29-2016, 02:45 PM
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Dorothy, the dog, has been with us over a year. When she came to us we had a cat. All was well between them. We have always had a dog and a cat(s) without issue. The cat passed away in November. On Thursday we brought home a rescued mama cat and her nine week old kitten. Mama cat is really sweet. But..........OMG!!!! Mama cat is mean to Dorothy. I think she has food aggression. Every time food or treats is present for either the cats OR the dog she starts attacking Dorothy. The dog is a lover, not a fighter and now TERRIFIED to walk around the house. This morning mama cat literally attacked Dorothy full out like a nasty cat fight. My daughter jumped in and got bit, on her arm, by the cat. And it's aallllll mama cat. Dorothy has always had a cat and gets along fine - even with BIL's cat at their house. WTH? How do we fix this? For now I will put mama cat in a different room when I feed the dog. But eventually they'll need to work this out. I feel terrible for Dorothy. She's half the size of the cat.

Also, it's taken until about two month ago to get Dorothy to a place where she's not constantly afraid, and looking over her shoulder, when she eats. I'm worried about regression.

I know the cat came from a hoarding situation of 17 cats so I understand why she might have food aggression but this is so violent! And at non-food times she's a lovely cat.

Has anyone dealt with this?
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if you live in the country and the cat is not declawed i would put mama cat outside. just let her in when it rains. our cat lives 50% the time outside all though she is a maincoon which is a large cat breed. she dont care for cat food we catch her all the time eating rabbit's and birds she's caught. she used to have a juvenile bobcat for a play mate that showed up one day 2 month's later she had kittens. i swear those kittens where half bobcat they where mean as all get out and grew larger then there mom. we had her fixed after that.
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if you live in the country and the cat is not declawed i would put mama cat outside. just let her in when it rains. our cat lives 50% the time outside all though she is a maincoon which is a large cat breed. she dont care for cat food we catch her all the time eating rabbit's and birds she's caught. she used to have a juvenile bobcat for a play mate that showed up one day 2 month's later she had kittens. i swear those kittens where half bobcat they where mean as all get out and grew larger then there mom. we had her fixed after that.
We live in the city and I want her to stay inside. She would get hit by a car within a week if I let her out.
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For now I'd just feed mama cat in another room. That should stop the attacks. Just prevent them. After a month or so, when the kitten and the cat are more relaxed you can try again. Poor Dorothy! The other thing you could do to protect Dorothy and yet have the cat around is buy a playpen/exercise pen and buy one with a cover. Put the cat in there when you feed mama. meantime, no treats or food allowed when mama cat is around.
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yea city's are not safe for outdoor cat's to many cars.
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Sometimes, the safest thing you can do is prevent aggression by keeping them separated when food is involved. If you can feed the cat on a higher place, like a counter, table, or something else, that may help the cat feel more secure. It sounds like a pretty frustrating situation, especially since Dorothy is afraid.
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forgot to tell you, you can try a vibration collar on her. i used one to train my Maine coon to not kill my chicken's. it stops her dead in her track's by surprising her. there a safe and humane alternative to shock collar's and work very well. you can get one on ebay for about $20.
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For now I'd just feed mama cat in another room. That should stop the attacks. Just prevent them. After a month or so, when the kitten and the cat are more relaxed you can try again. Poor Dorothy! The other thing you could do to protect Dorothy and yet have the cat around is buy a playpen/exercise pen and buy one with a cover. Put the cat in there when you feed mama. meantime, no treats or food allowed when mama cat is around.
Yeah, that's pretty much what I'm doing. It's really the only solution right now. And I realize it's still early days. But it breaks my heart knowing Dorothy is afraid in her own home.

Today Dorothy was at the back door looking through the glass so I would let her back in from her pee. The cat ran over and starting "fighting" her through the glass. Not my best moment but I went over and tapped the cat on her butt (literally a tap) and told her a stern "NO!" and made her leave the area.

I feel for the cat, I do. Because, let's face it, something in her history is making her act this way. But I have to keep them BOTH save and secure and happy.

We have always had cats but they have always come with zero issues - even the two other ferals I have had over the years. Dogs I understand and pretty much every dog I have ever had came with issues. And because I understand dogs it was easy for me to help them overcome their issues. But cats? Pfftt.....they are much harder, IMO.
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