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21 March 2009 @ 02:50 pm
Bostons and kitties  
I have five cats, and I've had my boston for a little over a month now. He still chases them when he sees the cats. I've been working on teaching him the leave it command, but as soon as he sees the cats he doesn't listen to me. Does anyone have cats and a boston? How did you get them to get along? I wish he would atleast stop chasing my poor kitties!

My Pretty Bird: Bostonmyprettybird on March 21st, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
When my husband and I got married I brought in my almost 4 year old Boston and his adult Tabby. It was a struggle and took about four months or so till Elliott was finally okay with Kitty. Doesn't mean he doesn't chase him now and then, or go and start thing's with the cat but they get along for the most part.

At first we kept them in separate rooms and introduced them slowly with Elliott always on a leash. After a while of that Elliott was allowed to explore more of the house and into "Kitty's space." Elliott still has that instinct to chase Kitty when he runs or makes sudden movements.. I believe it's the Terrier in him but once he gets to the cat he's like "Ok, now what?" and either walks away or sniffs.

How are the cats adapting to him or are they pretty much indifferent? Kitty never minded Elliott though he was around a big dog when he was younger so dogs really don't phase him much. He even lets him invade his personal space a lot up until Kitty has enough and then swats at Elliott and after being bopped Elliott knows to leave him alone.
Nancie: Banjo Happy Boyeicnan on March 21st, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
What a cutie! I just let mine go at it. I used to make my boston wear doggles when they played together because I was paranoid about an eye being yanked out. But my vet calmed me down. He said in over 30 years he's only seen a cat to dog eyeball injury once. My cat is really good at letting him know when she's had enough. She can also get over all the babygates so she has plenty of places to go when she doesn't want him bothering her.
astro boy toystarlitziggy on March 22nd, 2009 12:17 am (UTC)
we have three cats & we had them before we got our boston.. we also just let ours go at it. we also make sure to keep the cats claws short & filed so they don't hook as easily. they also have the plastic nail caps which work as long as you put them on correctly & keep up with it! we've had instances of the cats using their teeth but bostons are so resiliant that it hasn't been a problem. we have one 3 year old boy cat who is really rambunctious & our boston is about 8 months.. we've had them together for roughly 6 months & havent had any issues. sometimes they gotta figure out whose boss on their own :P
sportma2sportma2 on March 23rd, 2009 02:45 pm (UTC)
If a cat will run, a dog will chase it. We have two Bostons and two cats. One cat will run, the other won't. They play... and when the cat has enough... he bites the puppy (not too hard) and he stops. I let them play and break them apart if they get too rough. But, it took a while for all to figure out it was okay to be together. Your dog is cutie too. Bright eyes and pretty face too!
The Girl in the Self Imposed Boxelisabat on March 26th, 2009 07:03 pm (UTC)
Same problem,except 6 cats. Fizzgig is 5 years old now and still chases the cats.