We have a 9 week old King Charles Spaniel who is spunky and who chased and sometimes caught our six-month-old kitten. The kitten soon turned out to enjoy the roughhousing but now is attacking, chasing, and possibly hurting the puppy. The kitten weighs approximately 8 lbs, the puppy about 5, any advice as to how long we will have to keep them separated for the puppy's health? Anyone else ever have such a problem?
i'd say not really seperate them...just correct the kitten or the puppy whenever you see them acting this way. and when you aren't home, u should have them seprated, but other then that i think it's natural for them to act this way...they would act the same with other kittens and puppies. Hope it works out for you and your pets!
i know when my cats play together they appear to be in a rip roaring fight . their hair gets all fluffed out and they look really mean but they are only playing. cats and dogs have totally different ways of playing. it is possible that they are just playing with each other. does your dog ever yelp ot give any indication that the cat is hurting him?
Thanks for the replies. Yes, the pup has yelped. The cat now knows that he can get the best of dog so he has become the aggressor. The dog now cowers and runs when he sees the cat getting more aggressive which in turn prompts the cat to turn it on even more. The cat is less aggressive in front of me but if I was not around, who knows. Has anyone else seen this type of thing? In time the dog will be the same size or a bit smaller-the cat may be a 15 pounder or so at maturity, the dog about the same.
dogs and cats also have different body languages. to a dog , cowering is a sign of submission and essentially telling the cat he gives up and if the cat were a dog she would know this. if he runs or just turns and walks away he is signalling game over. again the cat sees this differently. i would supervise all their play together but they really are going to have to work this one out as it won't be easy for you to teach the cat to back off when it is apropriate. you may try a squirt bottle with water and squirt the kitten when she gets out of hand. good luck
My 3 year old desexed male cat and 3½ month old Tenterfield terrier pup 'play/fight' all the time. Nobody ever gets hurt, and puss knows he can get away anytime he likes by jumping up the tree, or on the roof, anywhere the pup can't get him. I tried separating them, but they get on famously really, and sleep and puss cleans the pup. It is great to see really. Now is the time to get them together if they are to be friends for life. Leave it too long and it may be too late. Good luck, Pennysmum
I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you see a claw mark put iodine on it. But soon the dog will outweigh the cat and then the playing field will be even. As long as the puppy is coming back for more he must not be getting hurt too badly. I love it when my cat and dog play. What's really funny is how aware the dog is that the front of the cat has the sharp stuff. So she usually tries to bite Joey in the butt or the back of his neck! If Emma is too rough Joey meows and Emma backs off! I'd just let them work it out and enjoy the show.