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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Is it natural for dogs to chase cats?

I am curious. We have stray cats around our house and Buffy likes to chase cats, not to mention Scooter my other dog. Is it natural for dogs chase cats? Is it natural for them to even want to chase cats? Especially been that Buffy has been by cat before but it has been years. Shouldn't there be peace between cats an dogs? Is it just in the dog's nature to chase kitties.

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Generally speaking, its in a dog's nature to chase anything small and furry... its how they ate (and some strays still DO eat this way). It wouldn't be much different if you had a rabbit or squirrel living in your house that the dog wasn't raised with.

Most can get over it though. Proper introductions (SLOW!) and firm commands to leave it alone usually are enough to keep peace between cats and dogs... some even learn to love each other. Mine just live with one another and don't seem to mind.

There are a few who simply can not live with the other. We have a dog for adoption at work that won't stop chasing the woman he lives with's cats. I also don't think she's the best home for him and probably isn't even trying to train him, but whatever. I've also seen cats that won't go near a dog.

Its more of an individual thing and a situational thing.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2005, 09:27 PM
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Like mentioned above, I think it just depends on the dog. Our dogs are very cat friendly. Mollie tolerates them fine and Jake wants to be best buds (right down to snuggling) with our cats. I agree about it working both ways, though. Charlie thinks he's just as big and bad as our 90 pound dog is doesn't flinch when a dog comes near him. Mikko crouches and walks past hoping to go unnoticed by the dogs while Moses downright avoids Mollie and doesn't mind Jake.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-27-2005, 01:07 AM
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I think it depends on the cat and the dog. Both of my cats were about 7 years old when I brought my first dog home. 5 years later I now have 2 dogs. Korbel won't even be in the same room with the dogs, or if she is she'll be up high and hiss everytime she sees them. Calypso will now rub up against both dogs!
Both dogs will occasionally chase the cats, but it's usually if the cats run first!
I did have a cat growing up that was a kitten being introduced to adult dogs. He ended up being best buddies with the dogs. They'd chase eachother but it was the cat doing the chasing as much as the dogs!

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