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why is my cat so stupid

post #1 of 11
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I got a boston terrier puppy three months ago. Every single day I do my best to keep the puppy off my cat, but I can only do so much with treats and backing off. My puppy is super playful. My cat is old and not. Day after day my cat just strolls around of the ground basicly asking to be pounced on. It's amazing to me. And several times a day the cat gets "beat up". BUT IT DOESN"T LEARN. Stupid cat, I swear. It gets beat up all the time and it still walks by the dog and each time it gets attacked. I can't believe it.
post #2 of 11
Cats are like children. If you don't teach them, they don't learn. If you haven't taught your cat alternative behaviors with the puppy in the house, then how would you expect it to learn?

Does your cat have an alternative to get away from the puppy such as cat trees? Cats love routine. You changed your cats routine. Your cat is old and really used to its routine. What are you doing to help the cat adjust to the change?
post #3 of 11
What are you doing to keep the puppy (a terrier, after all) out of the cat's face? The cat was there first, and as you said, old, and do you really expect it, a territorial animal, to just hide some place now in what she had all to herself before? She's not stupid.
post #4 of 11
Despite what some may think... there's limits to the cat brain. It's what, the size of a walnut roughly? They're cats, don't expect feats of genius and don't get upset that a cat is just being a cat.

Your cat either doesn't think it should have to move or just doesn't think. Work on training the puppy since it's young and more likely to follow what you tell it to do.
post #5 of 11
Your cat isn't stupid. Your cat is just getting on with life in her own house, and this stupid little interloper keeps getting in her face, while the human lets it happen. I know you said you've tried to keep the puppy off, but what I'm reading in your post is that the cat, whose territory has been invaded, should just get over it. A little unfair, wouldn't you say? BTW, does she have a name? Does the puppy?
post #6 of 11
Crate train your puppy, which is very helpful on potty training.
Don't let your puppy out and about when you aren't around.
Some people put a leash on their puppy and tie to their belt loops when they are at home. The idea is the puppy is always with you so you can notice if they need to go out or correct inappropriate behavior immediately. I haven't tried it, but their are some wonderfully trained dogs who were trained with this method.
post #7 of 11
This is unbelievable. You are LUCKY to have a cat that hasn't taken issue with the untrained puppy. It's not your cat that needs training, it's the puppy (who needs to learn that the resident cat is to be respected). Keeping a leash on him is very good advice for quick corrections, some by placing your foot on the leash when he gets too close to kitty. It takes a lot of commitment and time to train a puppy. Eventually he will start to put two-and-two together, ie, the cat is only to be approached when he is calm.

This is treat bribing backfired. Your puppy has probably learned that whenever he invades your cat's space and misbehaves, he gets a treat. You see this as keeping him away from your cat - but he sees the cat as the button to push in order to get what he wants: food. Instead you could start working on having him stay sitting or lying still near/around the cat and only rewarding that calm, behaving state of mind.

One last little note here: if you pull back, push, pick up or bribe your puppy away from the cat, you are only feeding into and reinforcing his excited energy. When there is a limit - there is an inevitable halt, so if you properly create the boundaries with simple corrections, he will start to get it. If he's overly excited, make sure he gets lots of exercise to drain some energy before interacting with the cat and working on commands, otherwise his mind won't be focused on task.

Good luck to the cat & puppy!
post #8 of 11
You've said your cat is old?. Put this situation as if it were humans. Could you be bothered if you were an elderly person with a boistrous child running amock?, i know i couldn't.

From the sound of things your cat just wants a peaceful life
post #9 of 11
Usually a cat's instinct would be to strike out or run from something that could be perceived as a threat. Because your cat is not defending itself, I have concerns that it is undergoing either a health problem or is totally freaked out by your puppy's inappropriate behavior.
Your cat is certainly not stupid.
If you continue to allow your puppy's our of control behavior toward your cat...
as your puppy grows into adult hood, it could easily translate to other, more destructive things.
I am sure you don't want that.

Bottom line is ...
you are responsible for the behavior of your puppy....
Do something about it.
You, your dog and cat will be a much happier family in the long run. because you did.
post #10 of 11
Please seek some Professional help in a dog trainer or animal behaviorist,.... I personally do not like the dog wispers way
post #11 of 11
I have to agree with Sharky, the Dog Whisperer methods are not apropriate for most dogs in most situations. And those methods can actually cause more problems on down the road. the best thing about the Dog Whisperer is he encourages people to spend more time with their pets and encourages training - I just agree with the type of training.
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