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what are your thoughts on this behavior?

I am wondering about how Lizzie acts when cats or dogs are interested in her food. When we got her as a puppy we had a 9 month old Pom (rescue) who my mom wound up taking because he growled and snapped at kids. He and Lizzie would eat and there were no problems. I was watching him for about 2 weeks every month Sept-Jan while my parents were traveling. When it came to feeding time Lizzie would run up to him and growl and not let him eat. I would have to lock him in the living room to eat. If I am baking chicken or making hamburger and the cat is at my feet begging she will do the same thing. OR if I give the cat some she races in and steals it before he had any idea it was on the floor. BUT the other day our other cat (who put Lizzie in her place the first week we had her) was eating her food and she stood about a foot away and just watched him eat.

This weekend we visited my parents and Lizzie would not let Preston eat his food or hers. He just walks away when she growls at him. Well, my parents have a 14 year old Chinese Crested and Lizzie never growled at her. She did walk up to the dish Hana was eating out of and Hana walked away. The weird thing is that Hana has growled and snapped at Preston putting him in his place, but not at Lizzie.

We can sit with Lizzie when she eats, put our fingers in her food, pet her etc and she is fine. Is this all animal pecking order or is my sweet little girl a brat???

ETA: this also applies to toys. She got mad once when Preston was jumping up on my legs, too.

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It IS animal pecking order, but IMO it's not acceptable, especially over food. Each animal should be able to eat in peace. If they can't do it with Lizzie loose, Lizzie needs to be locked in her crate or pen while everyone eats. Many multi-dog household do this as a matter of course... Everyone eats in their own crate, everyone gets the appropriate food and no one causes problems for the others.

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It always seems like the easy-going animals get taken advantage of. McGee was eating his food and Abby's at first until we started putting hers up on the window seat that he can't reach - problem solved! UNTIL he gets big enough to jump up there, too! But, we'll deal with that when the time comes.

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I second what Krandall said. Feed them separately. No problems and you'll know who ate what!

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