We got 2 cats a year ago, male and female, brother and sister. They have always been around dogs. The female just had a litter of kittens a week ago. She has killed 3 of the 5. I know this happens and we are watching the remaining 2 very closely. This isn't the issue, only the beginning. The cats have always been around dogs and tolerate the dogs very well. Granted, the dogs are medium to large dogs, but they usually even play well together. The day before the kittens arrived we adopted a 2 year old male Yorkie. He is very timid due to being in a crate for most of his life by the previous owner. For several days, the Yorkie hid or followed me around and ignored the cats. We have had to move the kittens and momma cat from the birthing place because she chose a kitchen cabinet. The kittens are in a safe place, but momma can see what is going on in the room. For the last 3 days momma has attached the Yorkie for no apparent reason. The Yorkie still ignores the cats and will even walk away from them so we are very confused as to why the cat is attacking the dog. She even hunted out the dog yesterday and attacked him. She is doing some damage too, I noticed several wounds on his hind quarters. If this was any other Yorkie, I wouldn't care, they are terriers and will fight back, but with him I am really concerned since he is just learning to be out of a crate and trust people. We are actually considering getting rid of the cat and kittens. I don't know if this is a health issue, jealousy or just plain old aggression. Any thoughts or advise would be helpful.
Your female was likely stressed by the dogs. Even if your cats are used to dogs, when they have a new litter it normally stresses them pretty good. You probably should put her in a room where the dogs can't bother her. It is normal-the dog just being around her can upset her.doesn't matter if it's actually bothering her or not. It's self preservation behavior. And getting rid of her could make her finish off the remaining kittens.It's nothing to get rid of her over.
how long have you had that dog if u haven had very long she will do that do you have her in a sepret room from the other animals if not you should does the dog follow you a lot if so that could be why are u giving her lots of attetion if not you should any questions send a message.
My advice is to make a little fort somewhere, maybe in the basement, somewhere where your cat can't even see the dogs. Make sure it's covered by a blanket, maybe behind a couch, or in a closet, even. She is killing them because she feels threatened by the dogs, and has no room to hide them. Since your little Yorkie is a new addition, she sees him as the newest and biggest threat. I would put the little Yorkie in an X-pen, for his own protection, when you're not actually playing or sitting beside him, especially at night. If you have a crate for him, just put it in the x-pen, with the door open. I hope everything works out for you.
Hi I am a cat breeder and the responder above is very correct. You need to put that cat and her babies in a seperate room where the dogs wont get anywhere near them (maybe even in a closet with the door cracked for her to get in and out) The mom is probably killing the babies because she feels she cant protect them. She is going after the yorkie because she looks at it as a threat to her babies. You cant get rid of her for trying to be a good mother. She is acting as nature intended. Good Luck!