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Just so wierd because the dog has a dominant or very fiesty nature themselves? anyone have a dog like that and then get pushed around by your own cat? Well not pushed around but you know what i mean. I know its all well because cat is part of the pack and pack leader said cat has to be rspected but wow.

I dont feed my dog near the cat but the few timse ive dropped scraps while cooking they both jump for the scraps and the cat is wayyyyy more aggressive then the dog!

And today the cat actually stole my dogs new bed and mmy dog didnt care even? had that been another dog it would have been huge drama. But my dog just ignored it and went and sat in her crate.

Anyone else have things like this happen? its just comical if u knew the personality of the gsd.
 

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Cats don't get enough credit for being the nasty bad boys they really are. People see GSDs and think "hoo-boy there is a dog that could rip off an arm" while they are very very likely seeing a dog that would drown them with slobbery kisses. Cats are survivors. They are apex predators in a prey size frame, and they have developed a mindset to mitigate that. They see the hurty fleshy bits and go at them with claws that are sharpened daily on your leather couch. Dog bed < 4 hypodermics in nose....good dog, do my bidding. Now if kitty-kitty were to monkey with the pack, that's a bad day to be a cat.

Just for the record, none of this applies to a Malinois. Peppy is death incarnate for cats. They run, she chases. Too bad Mr. Kitty you just wakened the Lotus Exige of dogs and she's gonna catch you unless I give her the right command. Don't run kitty you are only gonna die tired.
 

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Well, I haven't tried a cat yet with my GSD, but several years ago I brought home a retired greyhound to see if she'd be OK with my cat, even though I was warned their prey drive would never let that happen. I walked in with Bella on a leash, and the cat literally exploded into about 3 times his size, and started growling and hissing, went totally jaguar, and that was it, cat ruled! Fergus (cat) actually loved dogs, and would snuggle up to them if they'd let him, I have pics of Bella looking at me like "aren't you going to do something about this?" when the cat got in her bed with her. I love watching animals enjoying each other's company!
 

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Our cat is a limp noodle with our dogs. There is no fight or flight, just plop down and meow. I suppose her behavior makes her less interesting? She's called a rag doll and I guess that's how most of them are, but if she gets outside and sees another cat she goes crazy and attacks it.
 

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I have a suicidal cat.

He attacks Sierra, she just looks at him. He bats Banshee in the face and he gets in trouble from us but she does nothing. He attacks Caspian's (weekend foster) tail and Caspian ignores him. He attacks Chaos and she just steps over him.

But every once in a while, he gets bold and he forgets...and he attacks Jax. Game ON! And she stomps on his head.
 

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Too funny! Our cat, Goo, loves the dogs specially Lakota. I have to get the video posted of them playing. They tend to go in a circle then Goo will attack Lakota or he will plop down on the ground while she continues to circle him. She's not stupid because she knows if kitty gets her it could hurt. I caught him biting her ears and she cries. Then I have to break them up because Lakota gets mad at him.
 

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We don't own a cat which is probably a very good thing. Gypsy likes to chase them, at least the ones that are loose in our neighborhood and at our relatives' respective homes. To quote a line from a doberman in Oliver and Company, "I like cats. I like to eat them", demonstrates what I believe Gypsy thinks about cats.
 

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Gunnar and my cat Dusty get along. Never had a problem with the two of them not getting along. After a year together though they are getting more and more fiesty with eachother! They love to play chase in the house and swat at eachother. Its so funny to watch! but at night they are both in bed with us and cuddle! :D
 

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Im still trying to get my two together. Dog is very high drive and preditory, bad thing is, so is the cat. Both are highly social animals. They are like mixing gas and fire right now. I won't let the cat around without the dog on the leash. He will kill the cat. I have no doubt. Unwittingly, but dead all the same.
I've had several times I've saved my cat. The one that jumps out is we live in a california split level home where the kitchen and dining is on same level. We use a kids gate atop the stairs to seperate cat and dog. The cat has this thing with teasing the dog by creeping up the stairs and sitting right on the other side of the gate driving the dog nuts! Dog had enough one day and broke the gate in half! The cat ran to the bottom and stopped, but the dog had landed on part of the gate and slid down the steps on the gate. It was like a sled ride and the cat wasn't ready for the dog to be on him that quick. Needless to say, the dog had his nose on the cats backside running across the front room and barely, barely escaped. I thought I'd be cleaning up alot of blood and fur. Scared the heck out of me and my wife. It all happened in a split second.

But the cat instigates some of the situations. The basement is the cats area. The dog doesn't get into the basement. He stops at the top of the steps and won't go down. So we have the cat at the bottom, the dog at the top and a serious staring contest going on. The cat trying to come up with a plan to get rid of the dog and the dog wondering what will happen to him IF he does go down the stairs. It's just crazy at times.
 

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My dog and cats get along pretty well except that my GSD seems to fixiate on one particular cat and will follow her around and whine. I tell her to "leave it." Not sure why, but this little female cat brings out the prey drive in my dog. The other cats, not so much. And all cats can sure put my GSD in her place if need be! I also keep a baby gate up to give the cats some safety space to get away. They will lay on the sofa together and fight for treats together. We've never had a negative incident.
 

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my dog is very predator also has killed coons in my yard and even took down a coyote on my property before, i do not like that sort of stuff personally but it comes part of having a i high prey drive breed, just crazy seeing a silly fat cat going after my dog over a scrap that might not even exist on the ground and my dog just looks at the cat funny while my cat is all bad ass thinking shes going to take my dog out or something

MY cat is not a alpha cat or anything lol I have had some cats that were dominant or alpha male or female this cat is kinda in the middle more of a coward if a real cat goes after her she will rather run then fight while my dog would never run and always fight , the cat is just too funny

Also if the cat ever sees a dog outside like a dog bigger than her (shes not scared of small dogs or dogs a lil bigger than her) she will be TERRIFIED and freak out and just run for cover. Sometimes shes such a goof she forgets my dog is her dog and she thinks its just some strange dog that got in and she puffs up until she realizes its just the family dog lol

She is very scared of big dogs though and will hide or run up a tree (try too shes so fat) at the first glance of a big dog. Just makes the whole thing more funny cause shes not a brave cat lol compared to some cats. When i first got my dog it was months before i even let them near each other the cat was so scared of my dog. Cat thought she was going to be lunch lol I am use to making dogs and cats get along so i knew what to do to make the cat feel safe. BUt now she just walks around like shes the queen of the house. She will do the most silly things like hop over top of my dog while the dog is sleeping OR try to walk under my dog like bridge???

She sometimes will go under my bed and try to agitate my dog also, the cat will be yelled at and told NO if the cat is being rough or using her claws. I dont allow voilence between pets.

I have seen them hunt together though which was really neat.
 

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Yes! My GSD is a very prey oriented and driven working line, does not get along with other dogs at all and has a short fuse when it comes to them, but he lets our 10 lb kitten do anything to him. She tries to chase after him and likes to whack him when he's walking past. He's very good natured when it comes to our cats.
 

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I have five cats, the two boys are the ones that just don't cave. The dog chases the one and the cat turns around and chases the dog and the dog runs for dear life. It is quite comical to see a a nicely built GSD running from a cat:D The female GSD gets along with 4 of the cats, the one cat doesn't bother with any of the dogs but will defend himself. The male GSD was never around cats and it took him some time to actually take a swat and not want to kill them. We are now at the point that he can go past them and ignore them and drink water with them. He gets annoyed at the one hold out cat to. I have to remove the cat with both GSD's get on board.
 

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Bushy The Cat minds himself to be a lion and thinks that Lucy The Dog is a wildebeest. He hunts her from around the corner, jumps, grabs her neck with both paws and makes a deep bite into her throat. On other occasions Lucy serves as a night warmer, he sleeps right on the top of her. All of it is very interesting, because Lucy isn't friendly to cats in the street.
 

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so far, my 6 month old puppy has gotten along ok with our two cats. I did put a baby gate up between the upstairs and the basement and I cut a hole in it that is big enough for the cats only. This way they have a quick escape if they are tired of all the puppy action, lol. But (knock on wood) everyone gets along and the cats are usually hanging out on the main floor with our wild man and our 9 yr old Golden Retriever. If the GSD does start to show a little interest in either cat, I give him a quick squirt of the water bottle to redirect the behavior. So far so good but I'm not saying ttat I may be coming back to this forum later for advice on how handle a cat crazy GSD! :D Right now it's all about the redirect....
 

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My cats were raised with friendly dogs and have no fear of dogs at all, and my GSD was raised with cats (in her previous home) so they got along well. Yes, the cats could get away with a lot that my GSD probably wouldn't have tolerated if another dog did it...
I got Bianca my GSD a really nice new extra large bed, and as soon as I brought it home and set it down, there was my smallest cat Harley curling up in the middle, and Bianca lying on the floor next to the bed. Then later there were 3 cats on it, still no Bianca. She only got to use it if the cats were busy somewhere else. If she was on the bed already, a cat would join her but if there was a cat on the bed Bianca wouldn't get on there with them.
If Bianca was laying in the hallway, sometimes when dashing down the hallway they would leap over her, even landing an inch in front of her nose. Bianca wouldn't even twitch. If they were jumping after a toy on a string, sometimes the cats didn't pay attention to their landings (one of my cats Blaze is especially reckless about landing) and would land on Bianca if she was laying nearby. Also, Bianca was not allowed to play with the cat's toys but they would play with her toys. So I'd say she knew who was the "boss" in our house.

Most of the time the cats would ignore the dogs, but once in a while I'd get something like this, this is Harley who also likes to groom people:

 

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Charlie loved his cat Kiddy. He was a mid drive, very quiet dominant dog. He liked chasing birds and squirrels, but if the cat ran, hed give chase just to run for fun. Kiddy now, was a midgitity feral witch about 8lbs tiny who ate dogs for supper. She grew up with Charlie though, so they had a funky brother/sister relationship. Ive never seen a GSD jump like a cat over the couch, but when those two tore up through the house now, stear clear! Kiddy did beat the snot out of my big 90 plus lb Lab though. Had that dog scared to go into the kitchen even for food when she was in there.

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i love everyone's tales

one wierd thing was a loud nasty crack of thunder my cat jumped and flipped and landed on my dog lol

bringing a new cat is so easy with my gsd the hard part is with the cat, I think my girl only likes cats who i say is mine because the outdoor cats she looks at like they are coons or something she does not want them anywhere near her property, only her cat is allowed, which is good because my cat got beat up once and she never leaves the front step. Or maybe she thinks there is only one type of cat? Mine is calico. lol

My cat was a outdoor stray/unwanted barn) so she probably has bad experience with dogs spending her first 8-10 months outdoors. She had many sibling and mother but half got killed or eaten. THe big dog fear will be with her for life which is good. As long as shes not scared of mine.
 
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