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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-16-2008, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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New Puppy; Ticked off Senior Kitty

My 14 year old cat Boopie, who is cranky at the best of times, is very unhappy with our new puppy, Casey.

Boopie hisses, growls, and bats at Casey. Casey, of course, just wants to play. I thought the cat would have adjusted by now, but she hasn't. Having said that, I think it might be a case of 'going through the motions' for the cat as sometimes she doesn't even bother to 'stand up and fight' -- she just kind of lays there and half-heartedly bats and growls. The house is a decent enough size that Boopie can just get up and walk away and/or go to another level of the house, especially since Casey can't go down the stairs yet.

Does anyone know of any strategies or tricks to teach my ol' cranky cat to chill out and enjoy a new friend?
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might be more of having the dog leave the cat alone!

I had two senior cats when I got Riki as a puppy. One cat could care less, one was a big hisser. My biggest concern was that the cat could take an eye out.

I taught Riki to Leave It when he was home almost immediately. When he stopped chasing the cat, they learned to live in peace.

The cat cannot really be trained, the dog can!

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Casey is so cute!!! I hope they can adjust to each other!

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Boopie may never like Casey, so be prepared for that. In fairness, I do think that Boopie should have a safe place to go that Casey cannot go.

We had a cat for 15 years and he never did get used to the dogs. He would tolerate them, but he always tried to stay just out of their reach. On a rare occasion, he would sneak up behind one of them and tag them on the rear as if he wanted to play, but when they would turn to go after him, he would disappear.
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Thankfully for Casey, Boopie is declawed, so there is no danger of a scratch to the eye/snout. You are right, Linda, a dog is much easier to train than a cat (especially an old cat!). Up until now I have let them 'have at it' with the hopes that they could work it out amoungst themselves, but I guess it is time to intervene and stop Casey from harassing the cat, as you have suggested. I just have to get over the idea that they could be buddies.

(Sigh) Oh the drama!

Thanks, all.
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I have Abbie who is 11 and Jake who is 8. They are ragdoll cats. Brady, my hav, is now 2. He still thinks the cats are the greatest toys in the house, but they are not huge fans of his. Especially Abbie, she can't stand him. They have learned to coexist, but will never be pals. My cats spend a lot of time in my finished basement. Brady will not go down the basement stairs so this is the "safe place" for the cats. When Brady was a puppy and really interested in torturing kitties, I kept a gate up in the kitchen so Brady was in only the kitchen and den areas. The cats could jump the gate and get away easily. Here is a picture of what my Abbie thinks of Brady and his antics.

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