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post #1 of 11
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My 4 year old Cat Shadow wont stop attacking our 1 year old dog Kobalt who is a Dachshund. She is slightly larger then him (she is overweight) We have had him since he was almost 3 months old and Shadow since she was 8 weeks old. We also have another cat who is 2 but she gets along with Kobalt.

Anyways we have contacted the vet and done what they suggested. We have separated her for a couple weeks several times
We have used this Feliway that plugged into the wall like a air freshener. It released a cat hormone that was supposed to relax her but it didn't work.
Now the Vet wants us to use a Pet Therapist but we don't have the money for that and the pet insurance wont cover it.

She attacks him several times a day...she walks away with his fur in her mouth (though he has very short fur to begin with) and when you pet him you feel small scabs everywhere. She has had her front claws removed when she was fixed at 6 months so she's using her back ones and her teeth. We thought it would be ok introducing a dog into the house because when we got Shadow she was in a house with other dogs but I guess she was too young to remember.

Does anyone else have any ideas of what we can do? we don't want to give him or her up...
We have gone through alot with Shadow (She had fatty liver 1 1/2 years ago so we went through the whole tube feeding for 4 months straight...then she got feline Kennel cough from Kobalt who got it from a neighborhood dog...now she has IBD and is on long lasting steroid shots)

Edit: I don't know if its because Kobalt is a Dog or if it's because Kobalt is a Male...
post #2 of 11
I don't have any ideas, we are having the same problem (Not as bad,) 11 weeks ago I found a newborn kitten "Lucky" on my lawn, she is now attacking our little toy pom Sophie. this morning I heard Sophie cry, here was Lucky with her teeth buried in her nose, and claws dug in, on both sides of her poor little head. I pried her off she goes right back, the pouces when she goes by the couch, Sophie is now afraid of the cat,
post #3 of 11
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We had a Kitten that was born outdoors and not found until she was several weeks old and she was just like your cat towards all other animals we had. The vet said her natural instincts had taken over and she was like any other wild animal and would be very difficult to turn into a docile house cat. She stayed wild like that as long as we had her. She stole food right off our plates, scavenging out of our cupboard's we ended up having to put baby locks on them. She was attacking out other cat all the time like she was a predator so we ended up having to give her away. The only thing she did learn to do like a normal house cat was to use the litter box.

Edit: So anyone out there with any idea's on my situation?
post #4 of 11
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So I see no more replies still...no one has any idea's of what I should do about Shadow?
It's too the point where I have to make sure that Kobalt does not stand anywhere near her...or she attacks. He thinks she is playing and he comes back for more but she is out for blood
post #5 of 11
I am having the same problem and i was hoping someone would have some answers. At first, I thought it was because my cat was pregnant. She had her 1 kitten stillborn so there is no more kittens to protect. Im thinking it is motherly instincts.. this cat has lived with a dog for most of her life.. from the time she was a baby.. until May this year when the family dog passed away after 14 years.. I dont quite understand what her problem is. She isnt as aggressive as she was.. she would attack the dog and not let up at all.. (my dog is 15lbs the cat is 7lbs) But the dog is terrified of her. I am not sure how to handle it.
post #6 of 11
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Yeah Shadow hasn't been known to be an aggressive cat either until Kobalt came into the household and now she just wont leave him be. But he thinks she is playing so he keeps antagonizing her and it gets even worse.
I didn't think it was a thing for cats to do, to attack dogs, but as I've been here and listening to other people like you I'm now realizing it happens alot.
Just it's hard for me because Shadow is about 20lbs and Kobalt is 15lbs so she is bigger then him (Shadow has a eating problem...she eats everything she sees...she eats so much she regurgitates her food back up and we have had times where she was so backed up in her bowels the food was still in her stomach with no where to go so we have to time feed the animals now)
post #7 of 11
I really don't know,for sure, what you could do, but it seems to me that after the first time Shadow lit into Kobalt, that should have told him she wasn't playing! But bites probably don't affect a dog the way a claw in the nose would.

If I was in the same situation, I would start reprimanding the dog, since you did say he antagonizes her. I mean, I've had dogs that you could train to stop what they were doing with just a look....or a stern NO! Since Shadow doesn't have those little sharp needle claws to teach him a lesson, you may need to!

Shadow sees you runnig to get the dog out of her way,and knows you are protecting him,so she continues going after him hoping that you will intervene....and that only makes her want to go after him more. After she sees and hears you reprimand the dog, I could almost guarantee you that she will calm down. She will then know that you will protect her and she doesn't have to get defensive before the dog gets "playfully" aggressive!

I hope this makes sense! I'm not that great at putting my thoughts into words! And I apologize for the length of my post.
post #8 of 11
I thought about trying that too.. but the way my puppy screams when my small cat is attacking her.. it makes my heart hurt. My small cat soup (her brothers name is Miso, she adopted the name soup on accident) is my favorite. She is so lovable. I try to pay an equal amount of attention to both of them.. the silly part is that Min Ki my dog will just be laying down minding her business and then Soup will relentlessly attack her. I hate it and i dont know what to do to fix the problem, Ive looked all over online but I cant seem to find any real answers.
Lately Ive started to focus more attention on Soup when i have them in the same room. Im thinking I should try yelling at Min Ki instead and seeing how that works out. Cats can just be a handfull sometimes because it seems that there is No real way to train. I have always gone with the "Once she gets attacked back she will learn her lesson" theory.. sometimes it works.. sometimes it doesnt. and Soup has been around dogs her whole life!!!! I just dont get it!
post #9 of 11
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Well Kobalt actually seems un-trainable at the moment...he is a year old and still we can't get him to poop outside!!!!
He has a horrible barking problem...we had a bark collar that would shoot out citronella when he barked but it stopped working...now he's starting to get better with a stern NO but there are times
When Shadow and Kobalt start to go at it my mom has to call for Kobalt and I call for Shadow and thats how we seperate them. Shadow seems to always come to me when I call for her...she comes to my side and lays down and then everything is fine. But at times she will follow him into a room and stand in the doorway and not allow him to leave the room...we'll hear him whimpering and when we realize Shadow isn't around we know what's up. Also whenever Shadow tries to steal Mischief's food and I push her over to her own food dish...she will get mad and take it out on the dog...she wont take it out on me...she looks around for him and then attacks.
post #10 of 11
i dunno what to say..... my cats. well my 2 cats and my stepuncle's cats who were his mom's cats, always were fighting with the dog and my stepaunt's dog and now both dogs are scared of cats.... it's so cute though lol. they wouldn't hurt the dogs just hit them when they would go near. but they had no nails and were overweight, so they didn't wanna move and couldn't hurt them without nails. lol
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by widexawake View Post
Well Kobalt actually seems un-trainable at the moment...he is a year old and still we can't get him to poop outside!!!!
He has a horrible barking problem...we had a bark collar that would shoot out citronella when he barked but it stopped working...now he's starting to get better with a stern NO but there are times
When Shadow and Kobalt start to go at it my mom has to call for Kobalt and I call for Shadow and thats how we seperate them. Shadow seems to always come to me when I call for her...she comes to my side and lays down and then everything is fine. But at times she will follow him into a room and stand in the doorway and not allow him to leave the room...we'll hear him whimpering and when we realize Shadow isn't around we know what's up. Also whenever Shadow tries to steal Mischief's food and I push her over to her own food dish...she will get mad and take it out on the dog...she wont take it out on me...she looks around for him and then attacks.
Kobalt is a minature dochound (can't spell) My friend as one and had a really hard time getting him to poop outside also. Sometimes he still poops inside, probably everyday but she wouldn't admit to it! I did notice, if she slept late, and he didn't get to go out when he should of he had to go and in the floor he went ! Good Luck, oh and the cat jumping on the dog. might be terittorial
or he might be doing it just because he can
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