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Old 03-10-2011, 06:35 AM
 
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I'm having a cat/dog issue.

My oldest dog (Missy), is nearly 7 years old. She's been around cats ever since I got her, and has never had an issue with them. A couple of years ago I got a second cat (Autumn). Again, no issues...everyone got along just fine...until maybe about 6 months ago (give or take).

Missy suddenly decided that she no longer likes Autumn. She doesn't have an issue with my other cat, or the other dog in the family. Just Autumn. She growls any time Autumn gets near her, and has lunged (but not snapped) at her a few times.

Missy will jump up and run at Autumn when Autumn walks in the room or is passing by or whatever. She acts like she could/would bite her at any second. I wouldn't say that she "stalks" her or anything, but she gets this...look...on her face and just watches her. I don't know what happened. Maybe the cat teases the dog while we're at work or something (the dogs are crated). They used to be buddies. I just can't figure this out.

Anyone have any thoughts on what could be going on?
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:45 AM
 
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I'm just guessing here - our dogs are our "children" which means they will act out or do whatever they can get away with, if they feel like, while they are not supervised. Is it possible that the caged kids can be taunted by the kitties? If so, probably crate in a separate closed room. Sounds scarey.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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I'm just guessing here - our dogs are our "children" which means they will act out or do whatever they can get away with, if they feel like, while they are not supervised. Is it possible that the caged kids can be taunted by the kitties? If so, probably crate in a separate closed room. Sounds scarey.

I have a feeling that Autumn does tease Missy while we're away. She doesn't get to tease the other dog, as he's crated in our bedroom, and that door is shut. Missy is crated in the "office", which is also where the cats eat...so maybe something there will have to change. I may end up having to move either the cat's food, or Missy's crate so that she can be closed off and left alone to relax while we're away.
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:12 AM
 
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I hadn't thought of this but I think SunsetBeach is right on the money. Messing with someone that can't mess back is high on the list of amusing things for a cat to do. Like you, I crate my dogs when I'm out, and though none of my cats' things are in that room I can definitely see where this could happen. I think I'm going to start closing the door just to be on the safe side.
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Old 03-10-2011, 07:15 AM
 
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I hadn't thought of this but I think SunsetBeach is right on the money. Messing with someone that can't mess back is high on the list of amusing things for a cat to do. Like you, I crate my dogs when I'm out, and though none of my cats' things are in that room I can definitely see where this could happen. I think I'm going to start closing the door just to be on the safe side.
Yep...and I think I'm kicking the cats out, not the dog. Seems that maybe she's been through enough already as it is. She shouldn't have to lose her room too! Cats are so mean!! lol
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