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Kaimeju 12-13-2013 06:44 PM

What do you do with a cat that is a bully?
 
I'm sure lots of people have this problem. Our cat is *too* confident around dogs and likes to blatantly get in their space, will pounce, bat, and sometimes bite my dog on the nose. Gypsy will tell her to go away and she'll pretend to but then sneak up behind her. The only things that make the cat scram are a spray bottle or the sound of a plastic bag. Is there a more peaceful way to solve this problem?


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kiya 12-13-2013 08:35 PM

My new kitty, Gizmo is about 6 months old now and he thinks he's one of the dogs. He thinks nothing of pouncing on their face and biting. At first he would only do it to Kiya while she was laying down, lucky for him she doesn't have a mean bone in her body. Then he did it to Apache who doesn't like any nonsense and snapped at kitty. So he's gotten fair warning a few times but he still has no fear. He wrestles with Lakota and sometimes bites her hard enough that she cries. I have to break them up before they get carried away. I'll never leave the kitty alone with the dogs he's a trouble maker.

MaggieRoseLee 12-14-2013 09:37 AM

How badly is your cat injuring the dogs? Because if there is no real blood and guts they just all may be playing. Cats play with cats, dogs play with dogs, and cats and dogs can play with each other.

Frankly, if my dog kept sticking his nose in my cat's face then it's can't be that bad of an experience for him.

If, on the other hand, my dogs are clearly terrified and shaking in the back bedroom 24/7 from the cat, then I'd had to separate the cat from the dog while this cools down.

Kaimeju 12-14-2013 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by MaggieRoseLee (Post 4669410)
How badly is your cat injuring the dogs? Because if there is no real blood and guts they just all may be playing. Cats play with cats, dogs play with dogs, and cats and dogs can play with each other.

Frankly, if my dog kept sticking his nose in my cat's face then it's can't be that bad of an experience for him.

I think they have a love-hate relationship. I only saw a scratch on Gypsy's nose once. What bothers me is the cat will push her buttons until she growls and snaps at her. Once she knicked the cat's back with her teeth but there was no skin contact that I could see. Most of the time they coexist peacefully and just like to follow each other around sniffing. Or they are chilling on their separate beds.




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MaggieRoseLee 12-15-2013 11:20 AM

As long as your cat has claws and an escape route, I'd generally let this be and only step in (actually maybe step in between) if you think it's just getting a bit too much. It's amazing to watch cats and dogs play and many do so.

This seem familiar?


pets4life 12-16-2013 05:08 PM

I want a cat like that lol


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