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    My friend dropped her dog off at my place while I was at work. I was looking forward to minding him. He's a JRT and used to live with his previous owner in my granny flat. He's a pretty smart boy and Banjo loves having him around. What I had not counted on is that he hasn't been socialised with cats.

    So when I came in after work, it soon became total chaos. The JRT chasing the cat (doing that typical JRT hunting yelp - quite worrying!), the poor cat hiding under the bed, Banjo somewhere in between trying to play with the JRT who got snappy with her because he was only interested in the cat... I tried to distract him, but he won't show any interest in treats or a ball. He is just obsessed.

    So I quickly put the child gate back into my bedroom doorway, I have the cat inside with me, the JRT is whingeing at the other side of the gate and Banjo is moping around because he won't show any interest in her. I'm going to have to put the cat litter tray in my bedroom, because there is no way this cat can safely go outside now with this obsessed little hunter here.

    I am glad that his owners are picking him up tomorrow morning!
    Last edited by Beloz; 02-03-2012 at 04:27 PM.

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    At least it's just one night.

    I'd love a cat but know it would have no quality of life here.

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    The cat was raised in foster care, so she is actually fairly dog savvy (bit less than some of our other fosters though). She will invite Banjo to play chasies with her. But this JRT is a ball or tensed up muscle and his focus on the cat is something else.

    I ended up tying him to me when I went to fill the cat's bowl. And the cat managed to sneak past him unseen and get to her food! Feeding the dogs distracted him a bit after that. And now I have both dogs in my bedroom behind the gate so the cat gets the rest of the house and the yard for now. I just wasn't prepared for the complications. And having two dogs playing wildly on my bed is not ideal either. But at least for now the JRT is distracted.

    I wouldn't want to work out the logistics with a whole pack of hunters!

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    Man, this dog is so intense. I thought Banjo was a handful, but now I realise how chilled she really is. He will now relax at times, but when he isn't snoozing he is pret-ty full on.

    At least I did manage to get his attention a few times when he was focused on the cat, which is a huge improvement. The cat isn't impressed, but not overly worried either.

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