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Old March 5th, 2006, 05:30 PM
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Question dog stopped eating because of my roommates aggressive cat

i recently brought home Karma (3 year old lhasa apso mix) from the pound. my roommate has a resident cat (10 year old) who was fine at first. the cat has become increasingly agressive and mean to my dog whom is very submissive anyway. a couple days ago, i noticed the cat beginning to "stalk" the dog. the dog will no longer lay on her bed, or even eat out of the bowl she used to. (the dog and cat share water). i often see the cat eating the dogs canned food too. my dog is very fearful and wont be alone in any room accept my bedroom. she is losing weight and i am worried. what do i do?
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Old March 5th, 2006, 05:50 PM
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Start disciplining the CAT!
Also dogs should have regular meal times and this will help. Get the cat away and feed the dog in a safe place. You might have to encourage him in the beginning so he knows he is safe. This is about you having strong parenting skills for both the cat and the dog.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 05:59 PM
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best way to discipline a roommates cat?

thank you for your response. i know the answer, but how do i go about disciplining my roommates cat? without somehow pissing off the roommate. i am not familiar with techniques in cat discipline. helpful advice? and also, is there anything i can do for my dog to help her become less fearful and to become sure of herself?
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Old March 5th, 2006, 07:44 PM
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Your dog needs to see that you are protecting her. Cats are fairly easy to pressure. Any intense action from you towards the cat should suffice. This could be an assertive noise, a clap of the hands towards the cat (not the dog), stomping quickly towards the cat, etc. They are pretty sensitive to pressures. Use a word at the same time like "leave it" in a firm tone - usually a loud "pissst" sound does well. Explain to your roomie that you love the cat but you need to help your dog see that you are willing to defend her. Plus the cat needs to learn not to pick on dogs.
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Old March 5th, 2006, 10:20 PM
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I would get a water pistil and every time Kitty went near the dog, spray it.
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Old March 6th, 2006, 10:26 AM
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I don't know how you initially introduced the dog and cat, but if you didn't do it slowly and gradually, the result is often poor.

IF this were a kitten or very young cat it would be easier, but this is a 10 year old cat, set in his ways, stalking and being aggressive to a small dog who it sees as an intruder on his territory.

I would NOT spray the cat with water when it's near the dog. This could easily cause the cat to furiously attack the dog as a target for his anger at this.

You need to keep your dog's food and water in your bedroom, and let her eat and drink in there with the door closed. No more sharing bowls. Your dog needs to know she can safely eat.

Keep the dog safely in your room when you're not home. When you are home, do not the dog roam the house, but keep her close to you and when the cat enters the room, toss him some really great treats, catnip or toys he might like, to distract him and so he can associate the dog with good things. Stay low key. Do not yell, jump up or do anything that might put the cat in the "fight or flight" mode, since this cat is not likely to flee. IF the cat comes towards the dog in a threatening way, just stand in front the dog to block the cat.

Discipline/punishment will not work with cats who are aggressive, other than to make them more aggressive.

Cats are not really domestic, are very different than dogs and need a much different approach.
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