As most of you know, we got a dog about 2 months ago. He is approximately 2 years old, lab/boxer? mix. My cat is about 7 years old and has been in the house since we got her 6 years ago. Anyway, when we brought Buster (dog) home, the cat (Kika) pretty much ignored him. Now, they fight constantly. Buster is submissive to Kika to some degree, but continuously goes up to her to play. Kika bats, hisses and growls. Buster jumps back and runs. Then goes back for more. He looks at it as a game. I don't think Kika does. Tonight I walked by Kika and she bit me, which has never happened before, but her and Buster were just fighting and she was mad. The other day, her and Buster were at it and the next thing I know Buster rolled down the basement stairs. After making sure he was ok and lecturing my son on leaving the door open (a big no no), I had to laugh. A 70 lb dog was beat up by a 10 lb cat.
My question-will they ever get along? Or is this what I have to look forward to for the next 10+ years?
I had the exact same behaviors between my cat and one of my dogs. They got over it, and actually became best friends. The dog liked the cat, more than other dogs. But I would give it sometime. If it gets to be to much, you may have to seperate them, and do some training with both dog and cat. But I think you will figure something out, if this does not resolve itself.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
When I got my dog Max who was also 2, my cats were 7 and 8 years old. One of them would stand up to him and one of them just spent most of her time hiding. If they ran, he chased. But eventually he calmed down and the cats were not such a novelty "toy" anymore and everybody got along fine. I was nervous when I introduced the new kitten last June because she was only a little over 1 pound and he's 65 to 70. But he's very good with her and the 2 more that came after. At 9 he's much more mature. He'll still chase if they run, but they are not afraid of him so they don't run unless they are startled.
I always discouraged Max from bothering the cats. He wouldn't know it was bad unless I stopped him. I'm sure your poor cat isn't just randomly taking a swat at him if he's minding his own business. He probably bothers the cat and she retaliates and then he thinks it's great fun. I doubt if the cat ever enjoys the "game" even though I am sure it's a blast for your dog. (except of course the part about falling down the stairs) I really think that the practice Max had with my previous cats are the reason I have never had a bit of trouble with him now with the kittens. He will still whine and want to chase cats we see on our walk outside, but he never thinks twice about bothering his own kitties. Actually, these girls are so bold they will climb in his bed with him and he will usually move someplace else.