I seperated them until again I thought it was okay. Abbigale went after her and again tore her up! What have I done! I was trying to do good! Emily is terrified right now! Will this calm over in time or will I have to get rid of one of them? OMG I can't do that!! I can still smell the stray scent in the house and on Emily! What do I do to rectify this mess I made?? I have held Emily and rocked her back and forth till her breathing settled down. She loves to be rocked. It's me who can;t settle down now. I am a bubbling idiot right now. Did I ruin our home by trying to do the right thing!?
You need to be pack leader. Which means you cant be scared or sad or anything like that. The dogs sense it. You need to stay calm NO MATTER WHAT! When the dog attacks the other bring both of them back to that spot and make the attacker laydown on her side with the one who was attacked standing up next to it. Keeo the dog on the ground untill it will stay on its side with out tyou holding it down. Keep doing this. It will take a few times probaly for each dog to get used to you being in control! good luck.
robinl63, What breed did you rescue off the street, and what breed is your dog? Are they both altered? It's not easy breaking up a dog fight on your own, so don't feel bad. Keep the rescue seperate for a while, till you can get to know her, if you plan on keeping her. It's quite a predicament, but hopefully with patience things will work out. The dog you saved from the street is a lucky girl, now if she'd just realize it! Good luck, Pen.
This is the cat forum, cat talk. You're in the right place. But this website does put the dog menu next to the cat forum for some reason. It is confusing. Do Abbigale and Emily usually have so much trouble getting along or is everybody just all freaked out from the stray coming in? I would not recommend ever letting a stray in with your cats. You never know if it has anything wrong with it. You could put it in the garage or the basement away from your pets if you really want to help it with a place to warm up. Just take it easy with the girls until things calms down. Supervise their time together in small doses. It's been several hours since your post, are things any better?
Thank You for the help and advice. Normally Emily will hiss at Abbi if I am in the room also. Emily is very jealous. Besides that all is okay. When they play Emily will hiss and do like a cough at the same time and that will last like 30 seconds to a minute then they quit. I had only heard Abbi hiss one other time in 3 years. I left Abbi in the bedroom while I was gone and once I got home Emily seemed too be relaxed. What I did tho was I put Emily in the carrier for right now and let Abbi out of the room to eat, play and use the litter. They are still hissing and growling. I took a little bit of soap and some lavendar smelling spray and put it on a washcloth and wiped Abbbi down to get her right smell back. I've been so sick over this, it just kills me to know I caused all of this turmoil. I can't imagine what I will be like if I have to get rid of one of them. I've had Emily going on 5 yrs now and Abbi I rescued her. Some kids tortured her and cut off her tail, she was messed up for a while. She is still skittish around other people. I've had her for 3 yrs now. I really appreciate your help and I look forward to talking with you again. I just hope I don't lose one. I love them both so so much.
I'm glad things are calming down a bit. We all make decisions or mistakes that effect our "kids". My poor dog was a happy only child until I started adding cats. He's adjusting but he'd be happier without kitties stealing his bed and sitting in his momma's lap. But I've been lucky he's such a good boy because he's big enough to have really hurt them if he wanted to. One day I noticed that the kitten ripped Max's eyebrow off. I am sure she was just climbing on his head but I felt terrible. Thank goodness he didn't fight back. Just consider this a life lesson. If Abbi & Emily are going to work out, it seems like you will need to keep it at just two. A little hissing and an occasional battle is harmless enough. I have had multiple rescued adult cats in the past and they either love each other or else just learn to tolerate. Just keep their claws trimmed if you can and nobody will get any permanent damage.
***Edited By: MaxandAllie on 11/25/2007 2:59:08 PM*** Reason: typo
Thanx everyone! I've not been able yet today to try them togethor yet but wish me luck. Emily has just a little scratch on her shoulder so she is good. She done real well in the carrier over night. Now she is out while Abbi is asleep. A good note tho, when Emily got out I was bombarded with kisses. Yippee!
Well I thought the ordeal was over. All was calm. I was wrong, again. Abbi went after Emily not even a half hour ago. Emily WAS queen of the roost...not any more. Emily is scared half to death and Abbi is hissing. What have I created in Abbi. I've only heard her hiss one time in 3 yrs. I can't leave her in the bedrom all the time. Not fair to her. But, she won't go past the bedroom door unless to eat. Ugh! Who's the idiot in this house? Me me me.
Keep them apart! They will have to be REintroduced extremely slowly.
Also purchase some Feliway pheremone. It comes in a plug-in infuser, with refills. Feliway used to have its own website, but I've seen it in the PetEdge catalog as well.
Also, PetEdge and others have glue-on plastic nail tips for cats, which I would put on immediately before I let them in the same room again. This would do nothing for biting, but most of the damage has been done with claws, right?
There are several EXCELLENT websites about cat behavior, which I've used for everything from introducing dogs and cats, to cat behavior, litter box problems and introducing cats. There are new ones all the time. Just Google "cat behavior" "introducing cats" "cat aggression".
You've gotten off on the wrong foot, obviously, but I think it can be fixed, it might just take a LONG time.
God help you, lamb. I'm so sorry this happened and I hope Bast will consent to help you and your kitties.