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Finn and Lora have been living well with the cats for quite some time. In fact cats and dogs alike pile onto the bed at night. Bailey loves to groom the dogs and often uses them as pillows.

 

Then a mouse skittered into the bedroom. Dogs and cats both went after it. The mouse jumped into a box and Squeak the Maine Coon mix took a flying leap in after it, overturning the box. A battle to the death ensued inside the box while the hounds barked and pawed at it.

 

When Squeak emerged victorious, things had changed. The dogs went after *her.* She sailed onto the cat tree to escape them. Then they turned on Bailey, who hid under the bed.

 

Somehow in their minds the prey in the box became associated with the pursuing cat in the box. Suddenly cat = prey. I had to boot the dogs out of the bedroom because they kept chasing and harassing the cats.

 

Now the cats are afraid of the dogs and are acting like prey, which of course is exactly the wrong message to send.

 

So... we want to get everyone living in harmony again. This means the dogs have to stop chasing the cats and the cats have to stop acting like prey to be chased in order to break the cycle.

 

Any ideas?

Kristen with

Penguin (L the Penguin) Flying Penske x L Alysana

Costarring The Fabulous Felines: Squeak, Merlin, Bailey & Mystic

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Start over with introductions. Give everyone a time out in their own space and see if their relationship will mend itself. This shouldn't be a permanent alteration of the dogs prey drive, just a bit of a bump in the road.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Yup, that worked.

 

We hit the Reset button. Dogs lost bedroom privileges for several days. One of the cats, Bailey, has a habit of running out the bedroom door whenever it opens. It's a game. We couldn't have that so he went downstairs with DH to be his office assistant.

 

After that we brought Bailey back up and reintroduced Finn--the mellower of the two--for the night. All went well. Bailey was pleased to have his pillow / grooming subject back. The next night we let Lora in. After a couple of corrections she too was fine.

 

So we're good! :D

 

Here's Bailey "helping" DH work.

 

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Kristen with

Penguin (L the Penguin) Flying Penske x L Alysana

Costarring The Fabulous Felines: Squeak, Merlin, Bailey & Mystic

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