I just got a new dog, she fights with my cat

Belgium
January 4, 2011 2:59pm CST
I just got a new dog. It's a border collie. She is really cute and is 3 months old now. I have got her for 4 weeks now. Whenever she sees my cat she wants to play with him. The cat doesn't really like that. What should I do about it? Should I punish the dog?
4 responses
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Well if she's just trying to play, don't punish her for it. Does the cat hiss and swat at the dog? I own a dog and three cats and my dog is the same way; he always tries to play with the cats. I'm thinking the cat will punish the dog on its own. If I were you, I'd just tell the dog no, but nothing too severe. The dog is just trying to make friends and just doesn't understand how big she is.
• Belgium
5 Jan 11
Thank You. I will try this on her. I will see how it works out.
@savypat (20247)
• United States
4 Jan 11
Don't punish, just assert the law, LEAVE THE CAT ALONE. Put her leash on so that you can control her and make her lay down not facing the cat. With many dogs, I would let the cat train the dog, but border collies can be killers if challenged and it wouldn't take much for her to attack the cat and badly hurt it or kill it. A border collie is bred to protect the herd and they can kill a small animal so fast there is nothing you can do to stop it. You don't want this to become something it isn't. Right now it's a game but a dangerous one.
• Belgium
5 Jan 11
Indeed, the dog just wants to play. She is just 3 months old. She just barfs at the cat and tries to play. But then the cat stabs his claw forward. Should I learn the dog not to go to the cat? Or what should I do?
• Philippines
18 Jan 11
My 2mos old pup plays with my older dog and they bite each other. I knew they're just playing specially the pup, but still bothers me and scared that my older dog might kill the pup. XD
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
4 Jan 11
These tips might be really helpful for you and your situation: http://www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/PETTIPS/DogTip_Cat.html My boyfriend's mom has a cat, and they got a new puppy earlier this year. It was pretty crazy at first... but now the two of them get along just fine. So don't worry, in time it will get better.