I have a 12 year old cat (Raja) & we moved in with my partner who has two 5-7 year old beagles (energetic dogs!)
Raja has her own room, cat treehouse, toys, privacy and specific playtime with me every night.
The dogs are interested in the cat but have never showed any aggression towards her, she has only showed aggression towards them.
If the dogs come near me or near her, she will hiss at them and swat at them. The dogs either whimper, walk away or Raja runs away herself.
But, Raja doesn't really get aggressive when it is just my partner, her and one of the dogs together.
My question is - is there any way I can "condition" (with positive or negative reinforcement), Raja to stop lashing out when the dogs are around me or her.
I'm torn because I want to give her affection, but I also don't want to reward her aggressive behavior when the dogs are around.