I just recently became a foster mom to a collie mix from the pound. I beleive that she was abused because I live w/ 2 men and all she does it bark and growl at them, she tries to nip at them but is too scared, Im not sure what to do about that, but thats another story. I have a 6month old kitten, who is super super nice and very lovey. Every time the cat moves the dog jumps up and is all over the cat. The cat hisses and makes this little crying noise but the dog keeps nudging him and nibbles on him. I keep them seperating when I leave the house because I am scared the dog will get too rough. I tell the dog to leave my cat alone when she gets too rough but shes so excited that she wont. Hopefully someone has some advice ....appreciate it
The men that live in your home just need to work with the dog some. Get them each into teaching the dog on lead to sit for treats. She probly wasn't abused just hasn't been exposed perhaps to men. I think the cat issue will resulve itself, They need more time to get aquanted with eachother. Dogs do most of their communication by body language, Cats have body language that is different than a dog, so there will be some conflicts.but you could always keep them separated.
only allow the cat and dog together when you can give 100 percent supervision. it may take awhile for them to get adjusted to each other and you want to make sure she isn't cat aggressive. the collie can hurt the kitten quicker then you could imagine. most cats and dogs eventually find peace together.
i'd have the 2 men work with the dog, give her treats and pay attention and sit on the floor and give her lots of praise when she isn't acting afraid. some dogs are afraid of men of tall people or people with beards, etc.
Keep the dog on a leash whenever the cat is around so you can instantly correct the behavior. It will probably work itself out on it's own eventually. Is your cat declawed? Agree wtih the others on having the men provide her treats.
For us it's the other way around. We have a 14 months old male rottweiler and just brought home 4 adorable orphan kittens. The kitties are so far kept in the guest bedroom but we realise that they cannot stay in there forever. We started letting them out for 10 minutes or so lattely while my husband and i are both holding the dog, petting him and giving him treats. We are very affraid because he gets very excited about them and they are so tiny so he may actually hurt them even if he means well ! so far the kitties are hissing at him (he is 1000 times their size :-) which is so funny but I am keeping my fingers crossed as I grew very attached to the cats which i hand fed for 2 weeks and already potty trained. Problem is that our dog is now urinating in the house again :-( is it mating time for him ? is he jealous ? who knows !!