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New puppy and our cat

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by ahealthydistrust, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. I just brought home a new bt puppy. To my surprise our cat seems to be just fine with the new addition to the family. He comes up to Tyson and plays with him all the time. They spend most of their time wrestling and chasing each other around the living room. My girlfriend gets concerned with how rough they play from time to time. Tyson seems to get pretty heated when the cat keeps pinning him on the ground. He will growl, bark, and bite the cat when he gets mad. I break them up when this happens giving Tyson a quick no, and put the cat in a different part of the house for a little bit. Is this normal or should I break them up the second they start wrestling?


  2. spliff

    spliff Little Dog

    i definitely wouldn't encourage it, although i'm sure the cat will stop on its own in a couple of weeks. keep a close eye on them they might be best friends now but that can all change once your pups pray drive kicks in.
  3. I am sure it is different from dog to dog but what age does the prey drive usually kick in? I definitely don't encourage them wrestling but it is cute watching them play.

    Thanks Spliff
  4. Lala's Song

    Lala's Song Puppy

    All on my pb's played with our family cat. Never had any problem with prey drive or the like. It helps if your dog has a release word that you train him with as he plays with Family's kitty.

    When any of our dogs would play with the cat, we'd watch and listen. If the cat gave a 'help me' meowl (and don't worry you'll know the noise when you hear it), we'd (with a firm tone) tell the dog to 'ease up'. Or with my newest pup, I use 'enough'. He's already learned the kitty can only play so much. We also dicourse stalking the cat while it's asleep, simply with the 'Leave it' command.
  5. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    **stops in and looks for pictures**

    You have a new BT pup and didn't post pictures? :(
  6. Dray

    Dray Bull Terrier Moderator

    Puppy and Cat

    Simply watch, listen and be ready to stop as soon as you hear the mood change, you will know.
    Please also watch Tyson's eyes as this is where the cat will go for first:eek:
    Don't discourage it just be sensible and make them respect each other and respect each others space, remembering that the puppy won't know when enough is enough:D
    Good luck and show us some footage:winter_smilies_0005
  7. I will get some pics of him up tonight or tomorrow. I will try to get a video of him as well. Pics are difficult because the only time he sits still is when he is passed out. The video with the cat is easy though. If the cat is in the same room Tyson is always ready to play.
  8. Mollie's Nana

    Mollie's Nana Krypto Super Dog Staff Member

    I agree with Purple.... we need pictures!! :D
    Just supervise their playtime, and step in as you have been, when need be to separate. :)
  9. Here is some video of them playing...

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dD7-JBnpYk"]YouTube - Puppy vs Kitten[/ame]

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoWjGXhfwn4"]YouTube - Tyson 9 Weeks old[/ame]
  10. Dray

    Dray Bull Terrier Moderator

    So cool

    I say it's a match made in heaven:D I think it looks so cool:)
  11. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member

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