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    If he doesn't come when called - it's always the same answer - you need better rewards. Find the food he goes spastic for...

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    I love cats....they taste like chicken! OUCH.......who thew that! Sorry bad taste,my apoligies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cavalierqld View Post
    I love cats....they taste like chicken! OUCH.......who thew that! Sorry bad taste,my apoligies.
    Lol you know I was never really worried about my cat being eaten, it was that he would suddenly run off on the road or something - though to date he tends to walk in a perfect heel with the pack... Hopefully he doesn't mind a harness, I'm looking forward to walking him now lol. I'll work on getting him to come when called. He always does if I have food, but if I don't, it's whether he wants a hug or not. It's probably a lot more often than 20% to be fair, it's just if they don't come every time no matter what it just makes me scared and I have to keep them on lead.

    Man the animals are confused in my house. My doberman thinks he's a lap dog (even though the only part that still fits is his head which he has sprawled across my lap at the moment) and my cat is sleeping on my feet :s

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    Sammy thinks hes a lapdog? Now that is funny, I can imagine.

    Your kitty is obviously attached to your dogs and wants to go, where they go, so yes the harness will keep him safe ..great idea!

    Many years ago a neighbours kitty was very attached to my lab and often slept in the kennel with him, ate with him and came over to play.

    But it also used to follow us on walks, I tried many times to discourage it by shooing it home....it was only a very small kitten, so then it used to do the kamakaze thing by following us hiding behind bushes.
    I then had to pick it up to cross roads when it was too late to take it back, but on this day (the one I told you about), 2 large dogs came out of a house and attacked both me and my dog but in all the fuss...where was the kitten?
    I knew it had been with us, I looked everywhere and thinking the dogs had gotten it i went back ...all guns firingAGAIN to the house with the dogs.
    They had found the kitten and taken into a neighbours house where i retrived it and took it back to its house.

    What a horrible day that was, but at least we were all ok, and yes I think kitties do like to be with there pack.
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    My biggest problem with my cat is that she will consistently steal the dog's food! Especially when I give the dog chicken necks. The cat will be right in there and before I know it, she'll have carried a slimy chicken neck inside and is munching on it under the kitchen table.

    I tried to close the back door but I stupidly never got my dog used to being locked outside, so then she won't finish her food.

    Ah, the joys of a multi-pet household.

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    Lol Vasco does this too (steals food). IT's amazing because he's not a big cat, he is now 9 months old or so and still kitten size (like 2.5-3kg) but when he has either a dead mouse/lizard/cockroach in his mouth or some of the dog's food, he go into tiger mode and neither dog (not the 25kg one or the 45kg one) is game to take up the challenge.

    It's getting worse. Last night I went to drive the ex/bf/it's complicated home and of course I took Sammy and Zoe for the drive. Vasco was very upset about this and I think he wanted to come too (but he hates the car so I don't know what to do). He jumped up onto the car and was trying to stick his paws in through the windows. We locked him inside but he went straight to the window and yowled (the's the only word I can think of to describe it).

    I'm feeling like a really bad cat owner at the moment, because it's quite obvious he's feeling left out and unsatisfied with the status quo. My previous cat just seemed to be happy to do her own thing and wouldn't have been caught dead romping with a dog...

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    Haha, my cat is outraged when left by herself if I take the dog too! I always thought it was because she was a rescue and was taken away from her mother to a multi-pet foster home when she as only a few weeks old. Even though she will run if dogs chase her, she is not actually afraid of them. She'll stay out of their way when necessary (like when we had the obsessive JRTx over who seemed to think she was a rabbit), but shows no actual fear of them. And she only weighs 3 kilos too.

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    Don't forget to pair the harness and wearing of - with lots of yummy treats. And you might want to crate train evil cat - so he can come too, again use food and make it his special place. Put it in the back of the car and if he will jump in, then he can come with, and if he won't - his choice. Cars can be confusing for animals - especially if they can see out but can't feel the air corresponding to the fast movement. top speed for most animals is around 60km/h and after that they find it hard to process, ie they have to learn from scratch because they have no personal (self propelled) experience of it.

    Which is why kangaroos hit cars going faster than they can. That's my theory anyway.

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