Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Alberta, Canada
Molly was terrified of Jake when she met him for the first time, but it's understandable. If I was Molly's size, I'd be terrified of Jake too, lol! But Molly warmed up to him really quickly once she realized how harmless he was. For example, one night I was holding her in my lap while I was watching TV, and Jake was going nuts because he wanted to interact with this new kitty but he couldn't reach her, so he just kept racing in circles around the chair. Every time his tail would wag and sort of sweep Molly's face as he raced by, Molly would puff right up and act really spooked, but I just kept petting her and by the 3rd cycle around the chair, she couldn't care less. But Molly's just that way, she's a quick learner, and now she loves Jake and will reach out a paw to wack his face as he goes by her (when she's "hidden" on a chair under a table or something).
Buffy and Willow, though, are another story. Willow used to be fine with Jake, where she would let him sniff her butt and she couldn't care less (she basically didn't care for Jake, but she didn't hate him), but one day she had a little mishap that spooked both her and Jake (Jake had been snoozing when she fell and landed beside him) and it resulted in a chase. Willow has hated him ever since, though it's more fear than actual hate. Buffy hated him from the first time she met him as a wee kitten, and her opinion hasn't changed in the following 4 years. She's no longer afraid, per se, she'll tease him and bug him (who knows why) and pout big tears when he follows her around the house, but she'll never ever let him touch her. If he sweeps his tail around and it touches her, she poofs up and hisses, looking around for the offending dog that dared touch her. Lately she's been warming up, in that she'll let him stand over her (an intimidating stance at her height, lol) without fluffing up, but she obviously doesn't like it.
Just give your kitty time and don't rush anything. Do whatever you can to ease the kitty's comfort, even if it means keeping the dog on a leash at all times, until you know the kitty is warming up to the dog.