Cat Attacking the dog!

by Michelle Getz
(St. Louis, MO USA)

I am a Vet Tech with 2 Siamese cats (Male and Female) and a female dog. My 5 yr old N/M Seal Pt Siamese has decided to start attacking my 6 lb Papillon when I'm not home. The dog had set her boundaries to him since he beginning, but now he has left bite wounds on her neck and is pulling out tuffs of hair. When living with my parents and their animals, he had attacked both of their small dogs several times as well.

I work with animals for a living, but I'm stumped at what to do next. He's very much a "Mama's boy" so I worry how re-homing him would affect him psychologically. Plus, he has GI issues that require him on Rx food and meds for the rest of his life. I'm not one to just get rid of my animals, but I truly don't know what to do next to help me relax. His Vet has had him on anti-anxiety meds for the last few months...not really working anymore. The only other thing I can think of at this immediate moment is to segregate the household (dog and female cat in one area and him in a separate room alone). Any suggestions would be great!

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Jan 19, 2013
Next steps underway
by: Anonymous

Yes, he is neutered and declawed also. He only does these actions when I'm not home. If he goes after my female, she just puts him in his place again. My poor dog has been take to my parents were she can recover and be the pack leader to their dogs for a week. I did speak to on of his Vet's and was recommended to put him in solitary confinement when I'm not home. I have a sunroom that will work nicely for this. There is a cat tree in there as well. Just gotta pick up another litterbox to put other there and another warm cat bed. Thanks for the help!

Jan 18, 2013
Attacking the dog
by: Beatrice

Hi there,

I agree, these meds don't work on animals, may be on us humans, but cats are too slick for this. The problem here with boy Siamese is that he is being protective of you and your love and doesn't want to share "Mama" with any other living being, let alone a female dog! Also he is in his prime, at 5 years of age. Has he been neutered? as if not, he is really going to show his territorial instincts.

I think that some training is needed here. You must show him that it is not acceptable to bite the dog and take big lumps out of her skin. Tap him lightly on the nose when he does this. Also separate the pair for the time being until things calm down. But unfortunately this breed is very wilful and used to getting their own way, so trying to train them won't be easy, ( a bit like trying to catch mercury!). Still you must try for the dog's sake. Set rules and standards and separate them.

I hope that this helps.

Kind regards,

Beatrice from Co. Wicklow in Ireland.

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