I had 3 cats and 3 dogs which co-existed for over 2 year. Our 2…

I had 3 cats and 3 dogs which co-existed for over 2 year. Our 2 bigger dogs(female Lab and male Rottweiler) have killed all 3 of our cats recently. Why is are my dogs doing this after so long co-existing?

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

Dogs are predators and they see cats as prey.  Something triggered one of the dogs to go after the cats and that in turn triggered the instinct in the other dog so that he/she joined in.  This happens, and there is not telling what the triggering event was.  It could be the way the first cat killed smelled — or how it reacted to one of the dogs.  Then once it happened the dogs involved were primed to do it again.  And again.  If you were to bring other cats into your home it is very likely to happen again… Read more »

Kelly Furgason
5 years ago

Hello,
I’m so sorry that your cats have passed away like this! How frustrating. It’s hard to say why your dogs are doing this after living together for so long. Has anything changed in your home to cause stress? Have you moved recently? Are your dogs spayed and neutered?
~kelly