Re: Help! Puppy won't leave my cat alone
Sorry your having a problem. Sounds like the cat knows that your going to come to it's defense so it is 'baiting' the pup.
We have 3 cats and 3 GSD.
For the first bit, while they are really young I try to keep careful watch on them. I know they just want to check out there new potential playmate but the cats claws are lethal to young puppy eyes. So <u>make sure kitty has her claws clipped</u>.
Next, work on the 'leave it' command. Around our house Badger the cat has taught all the dogs manners on how to live with kittys.
I would let them work it out on there own, as long as you are there to make sure your able to recall your pup before it gets too exceited. It's amazing how cats and dogs can actually learn to live together.
Don't under estimate the cat. Miss Crabtree aka 'crabby' (my user name) sleeps with Lacy almost every night.
Make sure the cat has somewhere to go (chair?) that the dog can't reach her so she never is in harms way.
You say you have to get down and hold on to the puppy to stop it from chasing the cat. IMHO this is haveing the opposite effect that you are wanting. Maybe someone could correct me if I'm wrong but wouldn't that be 'egging' the pup on more?
Larka GSD 1/4/06 Palla GSD 7/16/06 Loki adopted 8/23/08
Badger,Miss Crabtree & Shafford, the kitty krew
Waiting at the bridge;Palla,Tucker,Chance, Brandy and Lacy. I'll miss you to the end of eternity, and love you twice as long.