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He is good with small dogs but not good with cats. He is very focused on them and tries to grab them through the muzzle. My black cat slapped him hard twice which did nothing to deter the dog. Then the cat charged across the room and attacked the dog. The dog yelped and tried to get away. So I don't know how it is going to work out

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I don't have a greyhound (yet) or cats, but I would guess they each just need some time to figure out boundaries. They will let each other know what is okay and what is not okay to them and hopefully they'll settle in with time. It would need more than a day for sure. I wouldn't worry just yet, if it were me.

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Time time time. And lots of patience.

 

You might consider giving your cat a safe space, and isolating him there for a few days, letting both get used to new sounds and sights and smells - both in the environment and on the humans taking care of them both. Then gradually reintroduce them to each other.

 

Use YUMMY treats to distract Dangit when the cat is around. Give the cat multiple exits and hiding places out of reach of the dog. Baby gates a few inches off the floor are a good strategy to help keep things safe for everyone.

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If he's distractable at all, you can work on it slowly. Get a stool guard for his muzzle as he could still bite through the spaces.

 

Safe spaces, baby gates, very slow introductions (like months rather than days or weeks). It can be a looong process with a lot of starts and stops.

 

If he's NOT distractable from the cat then he totally lied on his cat test! Which does happen. They get anxious or a little scared by the process, or from being in the kennel, and their results are skewed. He should only be in a cat free environment if that's the case, for everyone's safety.

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Might be hope but don't wear them all to a frazzle. Cat testing a crap shoot Like Chris said baby gates the cat can run under and safe spaces are important but there is no shame in just saying "this isn't going to work". Many cat test kitties are hardened veterans that can hiss and give REALLY hard swipes...then people get the go home and the kitten on springs is another story. :grouphug

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Dangit is getting worse with the cats, not better. I think they are definitely whats for dinner. He is a fantastic by herself. Housebroken, walks well, very loving. I can't distract Dangit off the cat though. It is all I can do to drag him off. Treats don't even work. We are scheduled to bring him back at 0800 tomorrow before he catches one. How sad is that?

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I'm very sorry for your situation. It happens more often than you would think. But everyone will be happy and safer if he's in a non-cat home.

 

Don't lose hope! There are loads of cat safe greys out there! And one will be a great fit for you and your kitties.

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I'm sorry. Every once in a while those dogs lie on their cat test. The perfect dog for you is out there.

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My husband decided that all Greyhounds are dangerous. So, I have to take him back and he does not want to try another one. Thank everyone for the time you took to answer.

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It can be very scary to witness a high level of prey drive on display. I hope your husband can come to understand that *any* dog can be unsafe around cats and other small creatures, not just greyhounds. Even getting one as a puppy is no guarantee.

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Is there any hope ?

Yes there is. I kept Loca attached to me with a leash around my waist whenever I was home. It gave her to learn the ropes and gave Linus time to get used to her. I praised Loca like crazy and kept her muzzled and separated when I wasn’t home. It took about 1.5 months but it worked.

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Well the drama continues. Sadly took Dangit back this morning. Husband came along to make sure I did not bring home another one. They had an older puppy there. He will be two in August. She let him out and he wrapped his hips around one side and his front legs around the other side of my husband's legs. He said 'I'm getting hugged.' So, we are now bringing the cat back on Monday. What a little charmer.

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So glad to hear this. The little guy has skin issues. No hair and erupted skin on both sides of muzzle, tail, all legs. Belly is bare.

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After research I think he has Bald thigh issue. He has never raced. He is very playful. I will move the questions over to medical.

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Tell hubby that Johnny and four cats have peacefully coexisted for almost three years now. Some dogs will learn from a sharp clawed smack, some just don't care. Good luck with the new guy!

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Remolacha, Kelly and Kris, were your dogs okay when you brought them home, or did they display a high prey drive in the beginning and hunt the cats?

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Most of my dogs have ignored the cats, or been mildly curious and when told "no kitty" they kind of shrugged and walked away. Fletcher, my heart dog, was the exception. He was fostered with a cat and seemed fine with it, so deemed cat safe. The cat was a confidant cat that was used to dogs, and with that kind of cat, he was fine. Respected the cat's space, and I had no problem leaving them alone together, although I have always made sure the cats have a safe space that they can easily get to that the dogs can't. One of my cats, however, was a spooky, shy cat that didn't like or trust the dogs. She would "skulk" through the house, and Fletcher found her very tempting to chase. With a lot of firm "no kitty"s he learned not to chase her inside the house. He was very dis-tractable from the start, though. It sounds like Dangit was not cat trainable, and I think you made the right choice for him and your kitty to return him. My point is, even if this new guy shows some interest in your cat, if you can easily distract him, you probably can train him to safely live with the cat.

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Our first grey, River, showed some mild interest in the sense of "Hey, what's that creature? I've not seen one of those before". We'd toss treats to him in his crate while encouraging our one cat to walk around the room. The cat hadn't lived with a dog before so he was curious too! We eventually let River meet him with a muzzle, and once his curiosity was satisfied he left the cat alone. Our white fluffy cat spent the first few weeks living under the bed before discovering that the dog was big but not ferocious. River's ears would perk up anytime the cats would do zoomies around the house, but he'd never follow.

 

When we brought Indy home, he was downright scared of the white fluffy cat, who by this time had gained some confidence. He wouldn't even walk through the hallway for a bowl of dinner if the cat was in the way! And no, he wasn't a failed racer either! He's gotten over his fear now, but still defers to the cat at all times.

 

Renny was fostered with a geriatric cat so ours weren't the first he'd seen, but he walked right in our house and has been oblivious to the cats since day one. I'm not entirely sure he knows they're there; he only seems to take notice when he steps on one who then swats at him (and rightly so). The cats ignore him in return; I've watched one literally walk across Renny's body and use his head as a stepping stone because the dog was blocking the path to the cat bed.

 

Cat-proof and cat-trainable greys are absolutely out there. We've been pretty lucky, River was really the only one we needed to work with and even that was just to curb his curiosity rather than any kind of prey drive. Take it slowly and use tons of treats to distract them. And don't forget to treat the cat, this is a big change for them too!

 

There's a fantastic post somewhere about introducing your grey to a cat; I'll see if I can find it.

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