Camden's Mom Posted April 10, 2014 Report Share Posted April 10, 2014 I have a huge, bossy, dominant male cat who was borderline cruel to Camden as a puppy. Due to very poor management on my part (I didn't know what I was doing and made some serious mistakes) they really hated each other. Things were at their worst when Camden, as he was entering adolescence, decided to take matters into his own jaw, delivering a few very nasty air snaps at the cat. He never touched the cat, but it was a serious warning and a reality check for me. I did some research, consulted our trainer and changed tactics. The biggest change I made was actually standing up for my dog and defend him from the cat when it was being an a$$hole to him. Things got much, much better once I started managing them more appropriately. I just needed them to be able to live together, not to be friends. Well... over the past couple of months I *think* they have started playing. In an effort not to stifle the growth of their relationship I've watched cautiously and stopped it if necessary. Now it's becoming more and more common and I just want to make sure we're not treading into dangerous territory. Basically the big male cat will posture, puff up and essentially bait Camden into chasing him. He'll then run and hide behind the curtain, pouncing out at Camden once he gets close enough. Then the game switches and Camden is the one being chased around the room. Rinse and repeat (with the cat selecting different "hiding spots" to pounce from). When the game gets too serious I put a stop to it, but that's happening less and less. Does this sound OK?? Do your dogs play with your cats? Is it safe to let them play together or am I just asking for trouble letting them do this? Should I be concerned because they have a tumultuous history? I wasn't too worried about it a few weeks ago because the cat and dog "playtime" was pretty rare. Now as it's becoming more common I want to make sure it's OK before I go and screw these two up again. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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