Adopting a cat when you already have a dog might be complicated, and you may encounter some changes in his behaviour. Perhaps this applies to you without even being an owner of any cat. For instance, your dog might have been chasing them on the street.
And now you may want a clarification on telling if a dog is aggressive towards cats.
In this post, we’ll help you on:
Contrary to what is generally believed, aggression doesn't have to be correlated with anger issues or rage syndrome. Thus, you need to distinguish these 3 terms first:
Before jumping to conclusions, you must be sure that your dog truly has an aggressive behaviour towards cats in general.
Here are 5 of the most frequent signs that your pet is aggressive over cats:
If these signs happen regularly, you can train your pet to stop chasing or attacking cats. Check how to do that further down in this post.
Have in mind that although your dog is aggressive towards a specific cat, it doesn’t mean that he is to all cats in general. If that’s the case, it can be much easier to train him.
It’s normal for a dog to change his behaviour if you’ve recently adopted a cat. It happens due to him being used to having all the attention for himself. In such cases, the aggressivity typically fades away little by little until it is no longer there.
Just give it time and ensure that the dog doesn’t hurt your cat, especially when you’re not around.
As we just mentioned, dogs can initially be aggressive if you’ve recently adopted a cat, which in most cases fades away in a matter of time.
However, if that’s not the case, there could exist many reasons behind that behaviour. Even though there’s not a scientific explanation, it’s believed that the causes for this may include:
If you can’t relate to any of these possible reasons, it’s a good idea to take a trip to the vet. The underlying cause for this is the possibility that your dog can be suffering, especially if you’ve been noticing drastic changes in its comportment, such as:
There’s a high chance that your dog may chase other cats due to thinking it is a toy and fun to catch.
You can put an end to this by training him. However, you need to bear in mind that this isn’t a process that makes a difference overnight. Therefore, it requires a lot of persistence and patience.
This website provides you some techniques on how you can do it, including:
I. “Cookie Cat” Method
This procedure involves a hand full of treats and letting a cat rambling through your house.
If this alone doesn’t work, a click-trainer may come in handy – this is any object that emits the sound of a click (e.g.: you can use a click pen) that you use when rewarding your dog.
II. Carrier Technique
*Only use this method if you have a bold cat. Otherwise, you can traumatize him.
If you think that your dog is capable of harm or potentially kill a cat, you got a more severe problem. However, it’s not a hopeless case.
Here are some possible solutions:
After all, dogs are similar to humans in what concerns emotions. Just like humans, dogs can have strong personalities.
For this reason, you should seek a vet in order to check if he is 100% healthy before assuming that you have an aggressive dog. In addition, you may want to consider that he is getting as much attention as he previously was, given that they perceive you as their best friend. Try putting yourself into their shoes (*paws):
How would you feel if your best friend didn’t give you much attention?
With dogs, it’s the same feeling.
Take care of your furry buddies and try to conciliate them to become a happy family.