How can I keep an adult husky from attacking cats?
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June 24, 2019 / By Elfrida Question:
My roommate has two sweet cats. She has also decided to adopt an adult Siberian husky from the local shelter because she's lonely and the cats aren't affectionate enough for her. The other two housemates were skeptical about it - she doesn't seem terribly energetic to the point where I doubt this animal would be able to get enough exercise, she doesn't seem terribly responsible or honest when it comes to this, and she seems to think that the dog and cats will get along fine (although the preponderance of evidence on the rest of the internet seems to say otherwise). Anyway, before we'd reached any final conclusion about the animal, the dog arrived, without the roommate investing in a crate for training, much of any supplies to speak of, and has decided that a closed-off common room will be the dog's new home for now. The cats are anxious but still have free reign of the house. I'm a huge fan of these cats, and while I'm sure the dog is a fine dog, he's still a dog that has a reputation for mauling cute little animals and I'm afraid the roommate hasn't really prepared for this kind of responsibility. I don't want any of these animals to end up in a bad spot, and I still have the rest of the lease to live with this roommate. We've talked to her about the husky breed warnings provided by breed clubs, pointed out challenges due to her schedule, financial situation, etc. So what can I do? Just wait for her to leave the dog out and let the kitties get chomped? Try to identify some warning behavior that would be convincing enough for her to take the dog back? Convince the dog that cats are friends and not to be chomped?
Best Answers: How can I keep an adult husky from attacking cats?
Cheyenne | 7 days ago
It was very irresponsible for your roommate to get a dog without asking the other people in the house, or before doing any research at all on what type of dog she was getting, or if the dog even liked cats or not.
NEVER leave the dog and cats in the same room without supervision.
Either keep the cats locked away if the dog is out, or keep the dog locked up when the cats are out.
You can try to give the dog plenty of exercise so it won't feel the need to chase the cats around - but even then I would lock the cats away and keep them separated from the dog ALWAYS.
Try teaching the dog to "leave it" - but again - NEVER under any circumstances leave the dog and cats in the same room unattended.
Make sure that dog cannot get to those cats.
The "Leave It" Command
1. Close your hand around a treat, leaving a little sticking out so that the dog does not have easy access to it. Let him sniff at it.
2. As soon as he pulls his head away from the treat, praise him and give him the treat.
3. Repeat these steps a couple of times, then add the command "leave it".
4. As soon as he hesitates or looks away from the treat, praise him and give him the treat.
5. The next stage is to use two treats. Place a treat in your open hand and repeat the steps, except this time you reward the dog with the treat you have in your other (closed) hand.
6. Follow this up by putting a treat on the floor. Repeat the process, rewarding your dog with the treat you have in your hand, not the one on the floor.
7. Finally, put your dog on a leash and walk him past the treat on the floor. As he goes to get the treat, say "leave it". The moment he stops or looks at you, give lots of praise and reward him with the treat you have in your hand, and not the one on the floor.
8. Keep repeating the exercise with the dog on the leash. Place other objects on the floor, preferably the type of things you want him to leave alone. It may be the garbage bin, for example. Once your dog is doing well with this command in the house, you can start to use it outside.
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Originally Answered: Two Adult Female Cats Issues?
I have 2 female cats and have had them for a while now. I got the second one 6 months after the first one. They are like yours, they don't like each other(still) and it has been one year. However, they are more tolerant of each other. Also, mine share the same food dish and they share the same 2 litter boxes. So, you might want to have it so they share a decent size water and food dish. They will get used to each other's scent this way. Another thing about that, make sure it is in a neutral area, don't have it to close to one room or the other, and if you do use a food/ water dish for both of them make sure it is a new one (it won't have their smell on it, keeping them from thinking it is their territory). Keep it in your kitchen near a wall (this way you won't accidentally kick it) or some other room.
Also, I wouldn't have rooms that are one or the other's room. Because if they really want to get away from each other, they will go somewhere to get away from each other. If you see them getting into a spat over "territory" break it up. Then, pick the one up that was "invading", while the other watches, carry the "invader" into the room, pet them, and talk to both of them. When you do this, stay in the room the entire time to supervise. Don't let them have defined territory, they need to realize (even though they'll hate it) every room in your house is equally theirs.
As far as fixing them goes, both of mine are fixed and they still can't stand each other. Getting them fixed can help, but it isn't a guarantee.
You might want to consider getting the cat you've had the longest declawed, if it isn't. Because the one with claws may realize it is the only one with claws and it could really hurt the other one.
The other reason the older cat may not like the newer cat could be because she's missing the cat who was left behind at grandma's. If this is the case she may always hate the new cat.
Lastly, it can take a month, sometimes, to really be able to tell how cats are going to get along with each other.
I hope this helps some.
I fear the dog may be more trainable and reasonable than your roommate. :(
I think it's time to go over her head - talk to the shelter! They should not have adopted out a dog if she had cats, without having them meet each other. No shelter wants to send an animal to a new home only to have it slaughter the pets that already live there. I'm sure the shelter will agree to take him back, they always do.
Then tell your roommate that you will not be picking up bit's of fur, or washing blood off the walls after Balto, shreds the kitties. When that happens (not if - WHEN) she can clean it herself and bury what's left.
Tell her you have spoken to the shelter about taking the dog back. Tell her flat out, the dog will kill her cats, no more negotiation, just take the dog back.
She sounds like the sort who believes wishing will make it so and she can BS people into doing things her way....and cleaning up her mess when it blows up in her face. Not cool at all.
I suspect you have already covered this, but.....
There are a few things you can't change about certain dog breeds, no amount of training will help.
With Siberian Husky's,
1. they are escape artists and will wander as often and as far as they can, nothing personal, they just do.
2. They need tons of exercise or they can become noisy and destructive while alone.
3. They are highly prey driven. Small animals, even smaller dogs are food, not friends. This is a fact of life.
Show her these:
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You sound as though this roommate has the power. Why? She brought in a dog before any communal decision was made. Let her know that you are unhappy with this, will not live like this and list your reasons. Finding the Husky a home or back to the shelter is the only solution because that breed under her care, in this setting, will be a bad decision. And yes, Huskies have high prey drive, need lots of training, lots of exercise and are not easy dogs...especially in the wrong environment.
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My dog doesn't like cats either and we cant have them in the house because i'm allergic but my friend makes sure her dog is calm (there are roots and teas and stuff you can give him to calm down, can find them in a pet store) she has to get them tired too so take him out for runs but it will take a while to get them used to each other, as long as the cats were there first it will be easier, if not the dog will be stubborn about its property being invaded.
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You have repeatedly warned her and that's really all you can do. Well, you could show her a vicious youtube video of a husky chomping on a cat to scare her. Maybe the dog will be fine, who knows?
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we cant tell you whether or not the Husky will kill the cats...that's really up to the individual dog
but they require TONS of exercise...a dog that size, locked in the house with a lazy owner = COMPLETE DISASTER
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Originally Answered: My 8 weeks old siberian husky won a running race with a 4 months old sibeian husky read details.?
Then you're an idiot. And the previous question you asked about strongest dog, Sibes or Mals, who cares. Rather than ask silly questions suggest you do some serious research on how to correctly raise a Sibe.
Quote: ' To avoid crippling stress-related injury to developing bones and joints care must be taken not to over-exercise the growing pup'.
The owner of the 4mth old needs a reality check too - unless his pup was slower as damage is already setting in.