Hi, I am new to this forum and joined because my indoor only female cat was accidently let out before I had a chance to get her fixed and ended up pregnant. She subsequently had only one kitten five days ago, and we have decided to give the kitten to my nephew (I live with my sister and her son). all appeared to be well, my cat is a great mother and we have been keeping her isolated in the master bedroom away from the other household pets (three cats and a small dog) yesterday evening while someone was opening the door to the bedroom she must have seen the dog standing at the door and all out attacked her, I understand that she was protecting her kitten, but ever since then she has been nervous and seems to want me in the bedroom with her at all times, she is fine and continues to be a good mother to her kitten, but when I leave the room she crys and wants to come out, earlier today she was out of her room and attacked the dog again, this time actually searching for her, the dog ran into her crate and the cat followed basically in full attack mode! she is fine with all humans in the house and actually seems to enjoy it when we are with her and her baby, she is also fine with the other cats, altho I have not let them into the same room with her, but is fine with them when she is in the main part of the house.
Now I guess after that long winded intro I should get to my question...... How, since we have decided to keep the kitten should we go about gradually introducing the dog ( I mean when kitten is a little older) I have a little background training dogs, and I know that positive renforcement works with dog behavior, but what about cats, I mean a dog will growl and warn, she just goes for it. I really would like to have my nephew keep this kitten as he loves the mother cat, the current living arrangements are not permenant, so when they move out the dog is the only animal that belongs to them and I and my sister would like to see a cat /dog bond, if not tolerance, can we expect her to back off eventually? or will this unprovoked aggression continue toward the dog with out some kind of intervention on our part? Any help appreciated, Thanks!
the kitten and the dog will be leaving to the same home when your sister moves out ? Since the mom cat is so aggressive with the dog I would put the kitten in a room with the dog, and either adult in the house, and just let them interact however they want. if the dog is not aggressive with the other cats in the home there isn't any reason to think he/she will be aggressive with the kitty.
you can try to "train" the cat using your dog experience and let me know how it goes. It's been my experience that you cannot "train" a cat to do something, at least not when you want them to do it, and if they do do something you actually want them to do, its on their own time lol. maybe my cats have actually "trained" me instead lmao.