Everybody’s being really helpful in my new cat thread, but since this is a new specific issue I thought I might get a better response making a spin-off thread.
I have a dog, age 14. He’s a West Highland White Terrier, about 16 pounds, and in very good shape for his age. Lots of energy, very spry. On Monday, I went to the shelter and adopted a cat, age 1. While the cat gets acclimated, the dog has been pretty much stuck in his room (a spacious laundry room with plenty of me to rub on him and all - he spends his nights there anyway and it’s not a big hardship) and outside. He didn’t even show any interest in the smell of the cat on my hands.
So, today, I put the cat in its crate and brought the dog in on a leash to meet him. Somehow I saw things going better in my head - it was a disaster. The dog went nuts, barking and making that screaming growl that usually means something’s getting hurt. It even went after the cat’s bed because it smelled like the cat. (The cat wasn’t so thrilled either.) I dragged the dog back to the laundry room, where he’s still barking. Are they ever going to get along? I can seperate them if I have to, for the rest of their natural lives, but I really don’t want to, and every time you close a door at the cat it cries and cries.
I honestly don’t know if the dog can ever be trusted around the cat. He’s sort of ill-trained, which is all my fault. He’s sometimes aggressive to people, notably men. He’s very sweet with me but he can’t really be picked up whenever you want to, he has to be in the mood, that sort of thing. What can I do? What do people who have had this problem end up doing?