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My dog killed the neighbor's cat

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I feel so awful. In some ways, the responsibility is equally both of ours; they have several cats that they don't really take care of; but still.

We don't really know what happened; we got a panicked call from the neighbor that our dog might have their cat, so we all ran outside, but by the time we got to the front yard, it was too late. It didn't look bad, so most likely Ozzy just broke her neck. He's got some bird-dog in him, so there was little injury that we could see.

The neighbor's son came over and gently picked her up and took her home while I held Ozzy. There was just nothing to do at that point; she had come in our yard, and well, he's a known cat chaser.

The funny thing is that he doesn't chase my outdoor cat, Wobbles; she's ancient, and can't come in because she's half feral and pees on things. I wish she would come in, but she's very uncomfortable, and wants out immediately, and won't use the litter box. She's just our porch cat; that's really all she does, is sleep on the porch, eat, and poop about 3 feet from the porch. When she met him, instead of running, she ripped a hole in his nose, and he left her alone after that. That cat has never been afraid of anything in her life. Now they coexist peacefully, she always gets fed before he does, and he knows who's boss.

These are very good neighbors, thankfully; they're not going to call animal control or anything; they know that it wasn't our fault, and they actually love Ozzy (they're always making him fat by feeding him treats over the fence.)

Maybe they won't give him so many treats; but I doubt it.

I just feel terrible. Dogs will be dogs, and cats will be cats. And honestly, I was half afraid that he might do the same to our cats, which is one of the reasons we made my old man Noodles an indoor kitty; he doesn't run like he used to, and the other neighbors had an aggressive dog that chased him, too. The new kitty has only been outside twice, and that wasn't by choice; he snuck out through a hole in the floor. He is curious as hell though.

I'm just all sniffly now. I hate when any animal dies; it's worse when it's violent, and effectively my fault.
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    2109 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Sorry to hear this.
    2114 days ago
  • SHEL_V2
    It is sad and hard, but seems that the decent relationship with the neighbors will spare this from also getting ugly. They're fond of your dog, and they know you're fond of cats. I'd just echo Sususuzzzie's advice, but I know you feel so sad for the kitty and the family, and that's okay too. In theory, my backyard is a dangerous place for any small animal, but my pack of greyhounds make so much noise getting up off the sofas and out the backyard that the squirrels and bunnies have been safe so far.
    2118 days ago
    emoticon sorry

    my boys have killed a bird or two over the years. As you said, it's just nature. But I still don't like it.

    this year a freakin' SNAKE got in the bird's nest! We have birds that built a nest in the eaves over the porch years ago. They come back every year. This year, a stupid snake got in there and must have gotten one of the adult birds (I think the babies had all flown off a few weeks before the snake showed up).
    2118 days ago
    This is unfortunate and I join you in feeling sorry it happened. But please do not feel guilty. As others have said - it is not your fault. I don't really see where you share responsibility either. Your dog was on your property and the cat came into that space. Both animals were doing what is in their nature. It is a risk that your neighbors took when they let their cat roam.
    2118 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/1/2013 9:56:04 AM
    I'm so sorry! This must be really hard to think through.

    I have similar fears for my baby. She's a snuggle bug most of the time and usually plays well with others, but every now and then she just takes down a baby or smaller dog at the dog park. I've always been able to call her off and noone's gotten hurt, but owners and dogs have gotten scared.

    So worrisome!
    2119 days ago
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    2119 days ago
    emoticon so sorry, glad your neighbors were so understanding.
    2119 days ago
  • _MOBII_
    Its not your fault. Just as you said, dogs will be dogs and cats will be cats. Would you blame them if a bird that normally lives in your tree went into their yard and got killed by their cat? Nope. Because that's how nature is.

    2119 days ago
    Our cat is strictly an indoor cat as she as no claws. We have a dog too, but he is always on a hand held leash whenever he is outside as he no longer can hear ( not that he minded that well when he could hear ).

    I know we all love our pets, but I do have to say - can you send your dog our way! One of our neighbors is forever picking up stray cats. She frequently has 3 - 5 cats roaming the neighborhood and were do they roam to - my yard ! Which only irritates the birds which I have worked so hard to attract to our yard.

    In the end though I hate to see animals die too. Even the ones in the wild. Whenever we drive by one along the side of the road I find myself thinking "Oh, no!"
    2119 days ago
  • BILL60
    We had our cat chewed up by neighbor's dog and did not blame the neighbor. Unfortunately, our cat loved to wander. Happy that the neighbors acted properly.
    2119 days ago
    I agree it is really bad but don't feel responsible. The same thing happened to a kitten of mine when I was younger.

    2119 days ago
    So sorry for you and your neighbors. Even though the cat was in your yard maybe you could do something nice for your neighbors sometime just as a gesture of kindness. I don't know what. You could offer (and they will refuse) to pay the vet bill if they decide to go to the animal shelter and get a new cat or you could make them a yummy dessert or something. Just a showing of sympathy for them for their loss.
    2119 days ago
  • CAMAEL100
    My dogs are like yours - won't touch our cats but let a strange cat appear and all hell breaks loose!!! I worry that they will get the neighbors cat and they did get near to it once but the cat was too fast! Cats usually manage to get away as they are faster and can climb. Not a lot you can do. Glad the neighbors are understanding.
    2120 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    There is nothing that You could have done to have prevented it. Your Dog is a known Cat Chaser and everyone knows it. They need to take precautions themselves to keep there Pets safe. I'm sorry that it happen. But don't feel too bad about it though. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Wonderful Lord's Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2120 days ago
    There was nothing you could have done. They couldn't stop their cat from going into your yard, and you couldn't stop your dog from chasing it. I know you feel bad, but I hope it passes quickly. They sound very understanding.

    A couple of years ago I ran over a cat while riding a moped in Rarotonga. There are loose animals everywhere and I'm just lucky it wasn't anything bigger, otherwise I could have bailed off the bike. Anyway, it ran out of no where and went right under my tires, breaking its back. I felt awful and cried myself to sleep for 2 days, but in the end I realised that it was an accident and I couldn't have done anything differently (swerving the bike) without potentially injuring myself or others.
    2120 days ago
    I'm so sorry. I know how you feel, and knowing that it's not your fault doesn't really help. I wish I could say something to make you feel better.
    2120 days ago
    It's really sad, but please don't feel too bad or responsible. I don't know what others think, but the cat came in your yard. You didn't invite it over. You said your dog is a known cat-chaser. In my opinion, the neighbors accepted the risk when they let it out. While I'm sure I'd feel much the same as you if this happened with our pets, please try not to feel responsible. It's easier said than done. I'm really sorry this has happened but it's great that you have good neighbors and surely animal control wouldn't take issue since your dog may have been protecting his-your property?
    2120 days ago
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