Dogs and cats can live in the same space in perfect harmony, but there are times when your dog can feel excessively stimulated and wants to chase him. Obviously, your cat won't like it too much!
It is very important to interrupt this behavior right at the moment it occurs because it could cause a great distaste to the cat, even if the dog did not have bad intentions. In addition, your cat will interpret it as a predatory behavior and will want to hide in order to feel safe.
But don't be afraid because this behavior can be controlled. In this article we will review the reasons why your dog chases your cat, how to make your dog stop chasing him, and what to do if he does not stop doing so. Why do dogs chase cats? When a dog chases a cat it is usually because it follows its instincts, especially if your dog is of a breed that is usually used to stay in prey or as a shepherd. Other times you may just want to play, and chase the cat almost the same way you would with a ball we would have thrown at him.
It is true that dogs have a powerful hunting instinct and that any movement can fire it. However, there are cases in which dogs and cats live together for years without persecution and suddenly develop instinct. The important thing is to prevent your dog from catching the cat as soon as you observe this behavior. Dogs should see cats as partners, not as toys.
Step-by-step guide to control your dog's hunting instinct It is much easier to train your dog when he is a puppy because you can socialize it so that he understands that cat chasing is unacceptable behavior.
- If your cat feels comfortable in a carrier, insert it into it and place the carrier in a room (when the puppy is not there). Make sure he has his toys and some catnip to keep him entertained.
- Approach the puppy. The puppy will be immediately intrigued by the presence of the cat. Try to sniff it and pinch it. Try to get your dog's attention every time he approaches the cat. If he looks at you, treat him with a prize.
- The goal is to repeat this routine every time your dog looks at the cat (it is not necessary to be approaching him). Every time you look at the cat, call him by his name and give him a prize when he gets close to you. This will reinforce the idea that it should not disturb the cat.
- Release the cat (if it is safe to do so) and try again. If your dog insists on approaching the cat, call him by his name and reward his obedience with a prize. If he doesn't, tell him to stop using a firm tone of voice, take the cat out of the room and try again later. Over time he will learn the behavior and will not chase the cat.
Sometimes, however, your dog develops this hunting and hunting instinct at more advanced ages. In these cases it may be necessary to have a more detailed plan to try to stop your dog from chasing your cat.
- If your dog detects the cat, it catches its attention immediately. Stop doing what you have in hand to make sure it comes to you when you call. It is important because the goal is to stop the persecution before it begins. Distracting your dog will always be a good way to set limits.
- Each time your dog detects the cat, repeat the same action. Use orders if you had already taught them before, such as 'still' or 'let go'.
- If your dog starts chasing your cat, it is important that you interrupt him. Follow the dog and use verbal orders that prove your disapproval. The severe tone of your voice should convey the idea that chasing a cat is not an approved behavior and should stop instantly.
If this method does not stop you from chasing the cat, you may need to use a different method.
- Attach your dog with an adjustable length leash. Make sure you have a good grip on the strap or that you can access it easily. Have a prize at hand.
- When your dog looks at the cat, it catches his attention. If he comes to you, give him a prize.
- Repeat this behavior every time your dog looks at the cat. The leash allows you to ensure that your cat can move freely without being hit by the dog and will allow you to better control the dog in case it does not obey your orders.
- Over time, your dog will start looking at you automatically whenever the cat is close to him. At this point you can lengthen the strap and let it move a little more.
- If you start chasing it, use the short strap again to control it. If he hears you, give him a prize.
- Once the dog shows little or no interest in the cat when it is close to him and with the long leash, release it so he can move freely with the cat.
Remember that a good amount of rewards for good behavior will help you reach the goal and make your dog stop chasing your cat.
What to do if you keep chasing it?
If your dog does not stop chasing cats, it may be necessary to reconsider if there may be new factors in his life that have led him to this. For example, do you exercise enough? If not, you may be trying to use your extra energy chasing the cat around the house. Try to take it for longer and more intense walks.
If this does not work, consider taking your dog to a trainer or a veterinarian specializing in canine behavior. These professionals can identify the problem and solve it. Occasionally, changes in behavior are given by diseases. If you are concerned about this issue, take it to the veterinarian to ensure the absence of problems.
1. Make sure you have all the necessities well covered> Walks, food, sandboxes, entertainment, health, rest, healthy dog-tutor and cat-guardian interactions ... This is essential, since they are very different and need to feel good to be open to relate.
2.Adcúa the environment where they live:
It is decisive to improve the well-being of both and achieve an adequate coexistence.
- Redistribute the space in the home: Areas of the house where dogs and cats can say> For cats: Scrapers (ideally overlooking the street), shelves, shelves, raised beds ...
The heights make cats feel safer and thus better manage their emotions and the presence of the dog. In turn, being calmer because they have safe areas to stay in, they do not feel the need to flee so often and their erratic movements are reduced, which will also lessen dogs. On the other hand, it would be ideal to have a room with a cat at the door so that the cat can be alone, since they need to have toys that simulate hunting (environmental enrichment in cats is essential). If this is not possible, these toys can be taken at a time when
that the dog be kept in another room or on a walk, since the movements that the cat will make during that game can wake up the predation in the dog.
For dogs: Place beds in different rooms of the house so you have several rest options. It would also be good to have a carrier, cage or closed room to be able to enjoy in the privacy of valuable resources that can generate conflict with the cat. Evaluate the resources you can always leave within your reach (elements of gnawing like deer or fallow antlers, etc.) and ensure that there are always several of them. Be careful, there are toys for cats that could be dangerous for dogs and vice versa. In those cases, enjoy them only under your supervision or in the separate rooms mentioned.
3. Introduce them properly:
Make it easy for them to have good experiences during their first meeting. That the dog has taken a good walk before can help, and also that you keep him on a leash (for safety and to retain him if he gets nervous). You can do smell work with him or give him some element of gnawing to favor him to be calmer and better manage the presence of the cat, so you will also prevent him from being scared to see the dog relaxed and will be more likely to consider interacting with him.
4. Try to intervene whenever necessary:
It is not about overprotecting either of them, but you should not leave them to their free will if you see that there may be a risk of fighting, since both could go very badly. If you doubt something might happen, monitor all your interactions (leave them separated when you can't keep an eye on or when you're not home) and act on
- Avoid chasing each other unless you are clear that they are both playing (you can check it by stopping one of the two for a moment and watching if they both seek to resume the game).
- Observe their body language and help them solve small day-to-day conflicts if they do not have a fluid communication.> Observe their body language and help them resolve small day-to-day conflicts if they do not have a fluid communication. For example, if one of the two tries to play sharply and notes uncomfortably to the other, stop the first. If all goes well, your dog and your cat will gradually get to know each other and will be able to live peacefully and even enjoy each other's company.
In case you do not achieve it by applying these tips, contact us and we will help you.
Cats and living with their possible prey
It is very common that more than one animal lives in homes. In the case of cats, living with animals of other species can be somewhat complicated, especially if these animals are seen by the cat as possible prey.
Even if they have their nutritional needs covered, the instinct of cats drives them to hunt other species like mice, birds or insects. Therefore, if in your home a cat lives with species of a size both smaller and larger than him, it is important to follow some guidelines so that the coexistence is peaceful and we do not get upset.
Ideally, the cat live with these other species since childhood, so you can get used gradually, continuously and naturally. In this case, living together can become completely normal and without problems.
But this is not always possible, so in the case that the cat is already an adult, there are a number of games and routines that will help the cat to “accept” these other species and not see them as prey. In many of these cases it is necessary to supervise a specialized professional who will help you and guide you through the process.
If you find yourself in the second case, that is, you have an adult cat and introduce a new species at home that can be a prey for him, Try not to leave them close and above all, do not leave them alone.
Birds are one of the favorite prey of felines. Unless an early socialization or training guidelines have been carried out, The cat's hunting instinct will make him try to hunt them down.
Cats also love to hunt small mammals, one of the most common pets in many homes, such as hamsters, guinea pigs or rabbits. The risk increases even more if any of these small mammals is left loose at home.
Fish, despite how little cats like water, can also be victims of the cat's hunting instinct. Many of them will do their best to reach the aquarium or fish tank you have at home to get their small inhabitants. Although there is also the opposite case, and many cats do not pay attention to fish that may be at home. Still, it does not hurt to cover the aquarium with its lid to avoid dislikes.
What is your case? Has your cat lived with other animals since childhood or as an adult? How is the coexistence between them? We want to know your stories!