My cat is an 8.5 year old 30lb Maine Coon who was neutered prior to my adopting him at 6 months old. The dog is an 8 year old Boerboel (mastiff) who is also neutered. He weighs 180lbs and is active and agile. He was purchased when he was 10 weeks old. Both are current on vaccines. The dog has had extensive training. The cat has always been aloof towards humans and aggressive if provoked by petting. He has occasionally attacked a person without provocation.
Two weeks ago, I had to have my 16 year old spayed cattle dog euthanized due to old age related ailments.
Since the passing of the older dog, the cat has become violently aggressive towards the dog. The cat will stalk and attack the dog both when the dog is asleep and when the dog is awake. The attacks include biting and scratching.
They have always gotten along prior to the other dog's passing. What can I do to save this poor cat's life? I'm afraid the dog is going to reach his breaking point and kill the cat.
I do have an appointment with the vet so I can discuss the cat's sudden change in behavior--if the dog doesn't kill him first. I'm not being flippant--this is an urgent situation.