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    Unhappy Puppy Chasing the Kitten

    Hi everyone,

    I desparately need some help. We have a 10 week old staff cross, and she won't stop chasing our 9 week old kitten. We have tried putting her on a leash, treats, spraying water. Nothing seems to work, it's like she doesn't hear us when she is chasing. Do we have to have them apart all the time?
    Please HELLLLPPPPPPPPP!!

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    let the kitten give her one across the nose that would teach her!!
    no im not sure ive never had a cat/dog household...

    have you tried picking her up and putting her out side when she does it??
    or picking up the kitten and holding it on your lap and getting the pup to sit at your feet and give her treats and let her sniff ect ect
    she might be chasing out of curiosity ??? any how im not sure but ppl will be along shortly with some good advice!!

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    Usually cats/dogs are introduced slowly.

    I find the best way is for the kitten to have a place solely of their own, like a room divided by a baby gate or similar, where the cat and dog can view each other, but not get to each other. that way they learn to feel comfortable, the novelty wears off, and they usually fit together in their own time then.

    Bear in mind, it really is imperative that a cat/kitten have a safety exit from any dog/puppy.

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    I actually wound up doing exactly what Laura suggested. We have adopted our next door neighbours cat and they both chase each other around etc.

    The way I have solved it is to growl at Batty and he goes into the bathroom. I put the cat into the garage for about 15 mins. Then I let the cat into the house and put him on the back of the lounge or on the ironing board and let Batty out. He seems to forget about the cat.

    Batty is 4-5 months old now and I still have to seperate them at least once a day. Bobby is at a guess 2-3 years old, when inside he doesn't run, if he's in the backyard he runs away and perches on the retaining wall.

    If he runs there's not much I can do. I do my best to stop Batty, but it only works every so often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mystikaz View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I desparately need some help. We have a 10 week old staff cross, and she won't stop chasing our 9 week old kitten. We have tried putting her on a leash, treats, spraying water. Nothing seems to work, it's like she doesn't hear us when she is chasing. Do we have to have them apart all the time?
    Please HELLLLPPPPPPPPP!!
    She's a baby,she's going to want to play.

    I like the idea of having a segregated area for your Kitten to escape to if playtime gets to rough,but other than that hopefully they will get along well as they grow together.
    "If you're going through hell, keep going"

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    Seriously, introduce them slowly.

    Even a glass door they see each other through, but not make actual contact.

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    We did introduce them slowly, and the kitten has a safety zone!! Just been out to buy a gate, so I'll see how that goes.....thanks for your advice

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    Excellent. The baby gates or something similar work a treat! A kitten can easily just run through the bars, a cat can jump over easily, but a puppy/dog can't. Hence the feeling of safety for the kitten/cat.

    Remember, don't ever push it. The more a relationship is forced, the harder it will be to turn things around again.
    And when your puppy is near the kitten, but not chasing, then praise, praise, praise!

    All the best. It can be a headache to live with a cat/dog relationship that isn't great, but if they can learn how to cohabitate together nicely and calmly, it's a fantastic sight to see.

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    My dogs have both grown up with cats, and the cats know - if they run, the dogs will chase!

    Bella was here first, all dogs learned pretty soon to be nice to her LOL, Fanta hid away a lot when i got her, so by the time she was out and about, the dogs were used to her..

    Sumo.... well, he is a bloody sook, it has been over 12 months and he still has hissy fits with the dogs! They are never allowed together if i am not here to watch them

    good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    let the kitten give her one across the nose that would teach her!!

    OMG it sure would teach the "cat" never to slap a Stafford again....

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