Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
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Puppy and cats
Our puppy is almost 7 months old and since we brought him home at 10 weeks our 2 cats have rarely left the safety of the basement laundry room. When we first brought our pup, also named Gibbs, home we set up a barrier on the main floor that kept him and the cats separate. The barrier has been down for a couple of months but the cats have not adjusted to having the dog roaming around. There is a small cat door to the laundry room that Gibbs can't fit through and that is where we feed them and keep their litter box.
Our son's dog, a puggle named Cerby, stayed with us often and the cats tolerated him and even slept beside him on our bed. Cerby is a calm submissive dog who leaves them alone.
Gibbs barks at them and chases them around the house if he gets the chance.
The cats get very nervous and hiss at him and I can't blame them.
I took Gibbs to a pet-food store where the owner's cats wander around and Gibbs did not react to them. They were calm and so he stayed calm.
Does anyone have any advice on how we can get these animals to tolerate each other?