My cats have never allowed things to go too far so I guess I've been lucky that redirection has worked for us. He does get stronger "Leave its" when being particularly annoying to them, but I guess I always felt smacking or hitting a pup for being naturally curious seemed too harsh when his intentions aren't to hurt the cat. With an older dog out to intentionally hurt one, I'd have no problem getting nasty though. That said, he's never left to his own devices with any cat, so I guess I don't have to worry so much at this point since its getting steadily better.
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