a couple months ago, my mom adopted a dog, bella, on impulse. she saw her at the shelter and “fell in love”. without talking to me or thinking it through, she officially adopted bella. i wanted to talk to her about it first because my mom did not realize how much responsibility a new dog would be. when my parents were together, my dad trained our dogs. after they divorced, she adopted our cat, samone. we’ve had samone 6 years, and i knew she wouldn’t get along with a puppy. my mom thought samone would just get used to it. they fight a lot now, my cat punching bella in the face, and bella jumping on samone. bella has also been difficult to potty train, something my mom didn’t expect. after a while, i became attatched to bella too because she is only a puppy and i know she makes mistakes. i know how to handle dogs, but i still think it’s unfair for samone. now my mom is realizing that a new dog is a lot of responsibility and she wants to send her back to the shelter. i told her that although it would be easier on us, it’s not fair to bella. bella has grown very attatched to us, getting excited when we come home, looking for us in our rooms, etc. we are the second family to adopt her, and she has loneliness issues. i don’t want her to go through that again, but my cat is really suffering too. bella eats samone’s food, chases her around the house, and tries to play roughly with her. i don’t want to hurt bella, but i want to help my cat. do you guys have any advice?
:[ too much of impulse buy. It’s much better when you figure out the compatibility of animals beforehand. My cousin kind of did this. Especially since the cat is older, he or she is more likely to become annoyed of a puppy. My cousin has a back room , where her cat mostly spends his days away from the dog. If you have a retreat place for the cat that the dog doesn’t have access to that would be great , however, don’t isolate only one, because then they might get upset and want to run away or something
But hopefully soon they learn to go around each other and not bother each other so much… other than that maybe you could ask someone that works with animal behavior for advice
I’m guessing your cat doesn’t have claws. My cats and dog don’t care a lot for each other but they all quickly learned to avoid each other. I don’t really have any specific advice you might be able to just search it online. You can put your cats food up somewhere where the cat can reach but the dog can’t. Our dog eats everything and anything in his reach. Something like that can also help get the cat out of the way of the dog. Also make sure the dog has plenty of toys to play with so she isn’t trying to play with the cat all the time and just constantly bring the dogs attention to the toys when she wants to play with the cat.
Also yea it would be really bad to take the dog back to the shelter for the reasons that you guys can’t train her and get through her puppy stage. Since the more a dog is brought back to the shelter the more likely they are going to euthanize it.
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