Update -- last night Orzo got down on the blankets by my chair about 2 feet in front of Cassie and curled up there. Cassie kept watching him, but I kept telling her it was okay and leave him and she laid down while still watching. Orzo watched her part of the time, but part of the time actually just snoozed. I was totally shocked when he got down there. When I accidentally knocked him off the back of my chair (I stood up and he fell into my seat), Cassie walked toward him and he only spit a little, but didn't hiss or strike at her. So I am hopeful that things are starting to work out. I just have to keep convincing Cassie not to do anything so that he doesnt get scared of her again.
It didn't last too long. This morning Orzo went after Cassie, so Cassie started back after him. I yelled "Hey" so they both quit. I just don't want anything bad to happen to either of them, which is the worry I have.
I think things are settling down between Orzo and Cassie. Orzo has not done anything for most of yesterday and today other than one time when Cassie tried to see him when I picked him up to make sure he didn't try to run outside and it frightened him. He has walked over to Cassie and sniffed her tail. She has watched him a lot and she can walk past him now without him getting upset.
Now Orzo is just walking boldly up to Cassie and smacking her on the face for no reason. He is getting so mean. I put Cassie in a crate last night so I could get some sleep without Orzo clawing me while going after her. Cassie just sat there when he got her a littie while ago.
It takes time.They may not love each other ,however they will learn to live together.I have 3 cats and a spoiled Beagle.The older cat loves to tease Beagle Bailey.He gets on something out of reach of the dog and stare down.This drives Bailey crazy .Bailey thinks he is the boss and Dolce the cat knows he is the boss.The other two cats are feral cats and were added later.The older feral I've had a year and she is still afraid of people and hates the other feral cat.The 6 month feral wants to be loved all the time.She is very needy.My ferals picked me as their owner.One followed me home as a kitten and hasn't left the house since..The baby one started hanging around my house and let me pet her when I gave her food.Hang in there,it will get better in time
I have moved the cat food where she cant get to it. I had it where I thought it would be like a private room for Orzo to eat, but he never remembered where it was and she got the door opened enough to get to it, so I moved it next to where he had been sitting in the sink (food is on the side, not in the sink). It is back too far for Cassie to reach. So far I think she is staying out of the litter boxes.
I tried the spray pheremone and it was not so good. Didn't seem to have any affect whatsoever.......But the diffusers that you plug in and leave on really seem to do a much better job. The refills are fairly easy to obtain and only need to be changed out once a month.
My friend gave me some pheromone spray that she had. I sprayed it around in here, but so far it hasn't done anything much. I also got a small spray catnip. I don't know what that will do, but thought maybe it would help some. I've not said anything punishing to the dog since she hasn't really done anything. She started to follow Orzo one time, but not chasing, just following.
I've also been giving Orzo treats when I have been doing some training with Cassie hoping that will help some. He did stay next to us while I was working with Cassie because he wanted treats like she was getting, too. (he got his own kind because hers, though small, are too large for him to try to eat)
I think it all depends on the cat & dog. I got a cat that was young, her & my dog took to each other immediately. Then, my other 2 cats came afterwards, it took a while, but now one of those girls thinks that my dog is her big brother & follows him around & lays next to him, teehee...
There is no telling how they will react. We had a dog years ago and the cats were fine with him. But if any other animal is brought in now? They do not accept it as well anymore. Could be due to aging and getting cranky in their old age. LOL
Be careful not to "punish" the dog just to placate the cat. That will tell the cat it's okay to be aggressive and mean.
I would say to definitely look into getting the diffusers. Depending on the size of your house, a couple placed in some outlets will help the cat relax and be more receptive to the change of having a dog.
Orzo is 5 (we think). At Petco they said he seemed to want to be with the dogs that came in there so I thought maybe he would be okay with dogs. He also acted like he wanted to be with a dog that was walking outside. Maybe that was just because the dog was outside.
My friend has 3 cats and got a dog that likes to play with cats (she was a puppy mill dog that my friend got from rescue, so wasn't around cats before, either). One of her cats is around 16 or so and he tolerates the dog now. He doesn't want to play, but he will let her be near him. Cat number 2 and the dog will lie together and wash eachother. She is about 5. Cat #3 is not accepting, but doesn't attack, just hisses. The first two, though, were around a larger dog for quite a while.
There is a couple up the street that also has both cat and dogs. With the previous cat they brought in dogs and with the cat they have now the cat came in after the dogs. Greg said he hasn't ever had problems with the dogs and cats getting along. He just puts them in a separate room and they can get to know each other under the door. I can't figure out how to do that. I tried a baby gate, but Orzo won't go to the other side of the baby gate for a while.
Last night things seemed to be going okay until Cassie went in the other room for something (probably a drink). When she came back in here he attacked her. I ended up putting her in a crate so I could sleep without worrying about fighting.
I've had bad luck with this myself. I have 2 cats and married a man with a lab. Happy sweet playful dog + sweet loving cats = lots of hissing and hiding. Piglet is my older cat and, while she doesn't like Slugger (dog), she holds her ground and just hisses at him or swats at him if he gets to close for her liking. Speedy, on the other hand, spent the first 2 1/2 years hiding from him unless he was outside. We made significant progress by putting her on amitriptyline (antidepressant), which is supposed to block the fear receptors or something, so she doesn't freak out like she used to. It's been great for us. She now comes out and walks right past him if he's sleeping and will let him sniff her for about 30 seconds before she freaks out. It costs us about $3/month for her to have 1/2 pill every evening, and we are all happier.
In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die, and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.--Eleanor Roosevelt
There isn't a lot you can do. As long as the dog isn't aggressive, Orzo will (SLOWLY) adjust to having a dog. How old is he? A younger cat tends to be quicker to adjust than an older cat. We have three very old cats and when we dog sit for people? Or oldest, who is deaf now, just stays upstairs until the dog leaves. But the other two quickly adjust to the dog being in the house.
A dog breeder friend of mine gave me one of her dogs yesterday. Cassie is fine with the cat but Orzo did NOT like her coming in the house. He seems to have calmed down some today. Yesterday he attacked her for just trying to get some attention and had Cassie running for her life. I think Orzo realizes that she isn't going to be mean to him, but is jealous now. Is ther a way to get him more comfortable around her? He did sneak a sniff of her today instead of just hissing and humping his back, so I am hoping that is a good sign.
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