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Old 07-07-2014, 06:24 PM   #5
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You are absolutely right to be concerned, dogs frequently do kill cats, and this is a very real risk for a large, high drive adult with an unknown background who is by the sounds of it over aroused at the sight of the cat currently. No, I doubt he is trying to play, and I absolutely wouldn't allow any 'play' between them. If you want to keep the dog, then you will need to be extremely vigilant until such time as the dog and cat can be in the same room and the dog stays calm and can take his attention away from the cat to perform a sit or watch you for example. I would probably never leave them unsupervised together, and never allow the dog to rehearse any chasing behaviour. I would only allow the dog to approach the cat if he is calm, in which case I would allow gentle sniffing, initially behind a crate or child gate.

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