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Old 06-30-2013, 12:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I live in a rural area and an older man who lives across the road feeds every stray cat in the area. For years I've put up with these cats pooing in my flower beds and in my driveway. He buys them food but that is the extent of his caring for them; no liter boxes, no vet visits, they sleep in an out building on his property.

My 18 month female GS loves to be outside and we have an invisible fence and she can run and play on 10 acres.

Today a kitten, couldn't have been more than 2 months old, wandered onto our property while this neighbor was outside watching. I was also in the yard as was my dog. I shooed the cat back across the road but it came right back into the yard. This time my dog was waiting and the second the kitten was in the yard the dog snapped it up, ran through the yard, shaking it violently back and forward. In less than 5 seconds it was dead. After my initial shock I told the dog to drop it which she did although I had to hold her back while my husband scooped the kitten into a bag.

During this incident the neighbor didn't say a word or attempt to do anything. After the dog dropped the kitten, he went inside his house. Personally I think he was happy to have one less cat to feed because a few weeks ago he mentioned to another neighbor that he was spending a lot of money on cat food.

We brought the dog back inside and she has been acting like her old self all evening.

I have to say that I was surprised at the viciousness in which she killed this kitten. I'm worried that she will now stay close to the property line in front of the house waiting on more to cross over. I suppose this is normal dog behavior, it was just unsettling to watch.

My husband is concerned at the possible diseases these cats might carry and personally neither of us feel we owe an apology. While I do feel bad about the way the kitten died, I do look at it as one less cat pooping on my property.

If this neighbor were to call the Humane society or some other organization, would we be at fault? I've read stories where dogs have been tested on their temperment after such incidents.
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did your dog ever leave your yard? If not, then I doubt there will be an issue this time. But you may want to jump on this prey drive and stop it before she runs thru the invisible fence to kill a cat. And they WILL run thru that fence when they are in drive.
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Old 06-30-2013, 12:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have these stray cats that come on my property to hunt in the woods...there is no question in my mine if my 15 month old catches one they are goners....fortunately they climb trees fast. The cats are trespassing, and it's instinctive for dogs to chase cats....so it is what it is.
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Jax - my dog never left my yard, she waited until the kitten was in the yard. How do I stop this prey drive? She also chases rabbits through a field on our property, but they run faster and she has never caught one.
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That's a plus. If she had left your yard and chased the cat down you might have an issue. I would check your local and state laws though.
Just because she's never left your yard doesn't mean she won't next time. I would advise you get a trainer to evaluate her and help you.
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did you see your dog waiting for the kitten to return to your yard???

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I live in a rural area and an older man who lives across the road feeds every stray cat in the area. For years I've put up with these cats pooing in my flower beds and in my driveway. He buys them food but that is the extent of his caring for them; no liter boxes, no vet visits, they sleep in an out building on his property.

My 18 month female GS loves to be outside and we have an invisible fence and she can run and play on 10 acres.

Today a kitten, couldn't have been more than 2 months old, wandered onto our property while this neighbor was outside watching.

>>>>> I was also in the yard as was my dog. I shooed the cat back across the road but it came right back into the yard. This time my dog was waiting and the second the kitten was in the yard the dog snapped it up, ran through the yard, shaking it violently back and forward.<<<<<

In less than 5 seconds it was dead. After my initial shock I told the dog to drop it which she did although I had to hold her back while my husband scooped the kitten into a bag.

During this incident the neighbor didn't say a word or attempt to do anything. After the dog dropped the kitten, he went inside his house. Personally I think he was happy to have one less cat to feed because a few weeks ago he mentioned to another neighbor that he was spending a lot of money on cat food.

We brought the dog back inside and she has been acting like her old self all evening.

I have to say that I was surprised at the viciousness in which she killed this kitten. I'm worried that she will now stay close to the property line in front of the house waiting on more to cross over. I suppose this is normal dog behavior, it was just unsettling to watch.

My husband is concerned at the possible diseases these cats might carry and personally neither of us feel we owe an apology. While I do feel bad about the way the kitten died, I do look at it as one less cat pooping on my property.

If this neighbor were to call the Humane society or some other organization, would we be at fault? I've read stories where dogs have been tested on their temperment after such incidents.
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I think the whole situation kinda stinks. I would be highly upset with my dog if it did something like that. I don't know if its normal behavior. I have 4 dogs and none of them would ever kill a kitten, especially viciously. I would venture to say that you might as well kiss the electric fence good bye, because now she knows she can get them and she will, even if that means going through the fence if she wants the cat bad enough. I'm sure you don't want her to get hit by car.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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It is normal behavior. My dogs live with two cats but I wouldn't expect them to be friendly to one trespassing in the yard.

While the way that she killed the kitten seems vicious to us, its not. It was likely quick and pretty humane as far as killing another animal goes. Dogs are predators, they kill prey. Shaking is a quick way to do it no matter how disturbing it is to us humans.

I agree with Michelle. I would work with a trainer to get her prey drive under control and reinforce the boundary of the yard. Now that she has caught the kitten, it is more likely that she will accept the shock from the fence if in high drive.
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I'd be mad if that was my cat. Specially cause you were standing right there when it happened.

I don't want my dogs attacking and killing neighbor cats that come into my yard. I don't want them attacking killing rabid racoons that may come in my yard. I do not want them 'killing' anything unless it was accidental and CERTAINLY not while I was there.

Bummer if you ever take your dog to a relatives house and they have a cat/kitten..........
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I am sorry that it bothers you, or your dog. That said. I hate that cats are allowed to wander around freely. Everyone accepts it. I hate that they can have a poop in your garden, and its OK. Is it worth a death sentence? Probably not. But people need to keep their cats on their own property, or leashed. IMHO.
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