Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Columbus, Georgia
Re: Introducing GSD to Kitten
I'm really really sorry you have to go through this...I'd talk to trainers, animal behavior specialists, read everything you can...my aunt talked baby talk to her dog while petting her cat, and finally they love each other now almost a year later. He was never aggressive to her, just really rough with her before.
I have an old friend who adopted two cats, she's a VET TECH...and her dog attacks her cats all the time. She doesn't even try to separate them. The cats literally cram themselves into a small carrier that can't even fit one of them comfortably, and they stay in there cowering together almost 24 hrs. a day. They have to wait for the dog to fall asleep to try and make it across her room to their food/water/litter, hoping not to wake her up. Then she hits them when they go potty on her bed or in the carrier...it's NO WAY for a cat to live. I feel so bad for them, I want to call aspca on her, but I don't want the cats to be euthanized...at this point I almost think it would be better for them. But I told her I'd give her a chance to correct it...so far she hasn't done anything. Her cats are MISERABLE, and it kills me. Her other dog chases them, but isn't aggressive to them, she'll actually lock the cats in the crate with that dog. Meanwhile the cats are wide eyed and just so obviously frightened to death...it's horrible.
Whatever you do, keep your pets quality of life in mind, that's the most important thing here. Needless to say...that girl and I are not friends anymore. I guess I offended her when I told her I do not agree with the way she treats her animals, and that she shouldn't have any at all.
I really hope you can work it out. When I got Bella I was scared as she got older she'd treat my cats differently, but so far so good.
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The cat's have profiles too, look in her family.
Tiny One Mewer (Tom)-Chartreux 4/3/01
Nico-DSH Tabby 4/13/08
Shai-DMH Torti Tabby 8/26/08
PLEASE ALTER YOUR PETS!