We want to keep a 2 year old Rat Terrier who is so sweet. She…

We want to keep a 2 year old Rat Terrier who is so sweet. She wants love or to play. The cats, not. One cat stood her ground, the other hides all the time. How long should it take a cat to get used to her, the dog? Anything we can do?

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

Krista, once again you are right on the mark!  I just want to toss in my 2 cents that many terriers breeds were developed to hunt in packs, so once you have a terrier pack (2 terriers IS a pack) you have a dangerous dynamic mixing in any prey animal.  And cats are prey animals to terriers!   So, follow Krista’s advice on setting up a cat only space, and be sure to let that sweet pup know that cats are not to be chased, nor hunted.  After a time the cat will probably start to torment the poor little… Read more »

Christina Chambreau
5 years ago

I hope they are now all best friends, or at least tolerating each other. There were great suggestions that may have helped. I wanted, for all who read this, to add a few other suggestions if you are still having trouble or need behavioral help in the future.  Reiki and flower essences are two totally safe treatments for emotional issues (and physical issues as well). I would get attuned to Reiki at a local class (if you send me your location I may be able to help you), then you can help emotional issues, pain, healing, detoxing and much more. … Read more »

Kelly Furgason
5 years ago

Lots of great advice, just to add that having a place up high, like a cat shelf or cat tree/tower set up inside your home can help the cat too. Cats also like to be up and survey everything. It also gives your cat a get away from the dog if it needs to.