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Old 07-06-2014, 09:02 PM   #1
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2 days ago my boyfriend brought home a stray 5 year old belgian malinois german shepherd mix. We cleaned him up and are prepared to give him a good home. But I also have a 6 year old cat, and I am very fearful of our new friend attacking my cat. It has happened to me before when I was dog sitting a few years ago and my cat was killed The dog is 5 years old and may be very set in his ways and may see my cat as prey. We have the separated on two sides of the house, but when the dog sees the cat he seems so focused on it, will not take his eyes off him, but i keep him on a leash so nothing will happen. Is he trying to play or should I take this as a sign of aggression? My boyfriend assures me that everything will be fine, but he has not experienced what I have I am very worried. The cat is my best friend and thinking that what happened to my old cat brings me to tears thinking it could happen to my cat now. So in short is there any signs I can look for to know if the dog will hurt my cat, or if he wants to play. I know GSD have a very high prey drive and I am really scared but my boyfriend has fallen in love with the dog and I dont want to hurt anyone. Please help I dont know what to do and I am really scared.

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2 days ago my boyfriend brought home a stray 5 year old belgian malinois german shepherd mix. We cleaned him up and are prepared to give him a good home. But I also have a 6 year old cat, and I am very fearful of our new friend attacking my cat. It has happened to me before when I was dog sitting a few years ago and my cat was killed The dog is 5 years old and may be very set in his ways and may see my cat as prey. We have the separated on two sides of the house, but when the dog sees the cat he seems so focused on it, will not take his eyes off him, but i keep him on a leash so nothing will happen. Is he trying to play or should I take this as a sign of aggression? My boyfriend assures me that everything will be fine, but he has not experienced what I have I am very worried. The cat is my best friend and thinking that what happened to my old cat brings me to tears thinking it could happen to my cat now. So in short is there any signs I can look for to know if the dog will hurt my cat, or if he wants to play. I know GSD have a very high prey drive and I am really scared but my boyfriend has fallen in love with the dog and I dont want to hurt anyone. Please help I dont know what to do and I am really scared.
First of all, welcome to the Forum!!!! You need to introduce very slowly. I have never had a problem introducing a cat with my dogs. They are not GSDs, but a Collie and a Chi. You really need to read the GSD's body language. Does he really want to make a new friend, or would he look at the cat as prey?

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We have no problem with our dog and our cats, and our dog (coonhound/GSD mix) was a rescue that we adopted at 11 months old. However, even as gentle as we think he is, we always watch very closely when they are playing and never leave them in a room together by themselves. I have read too many stories of a family dog and cat being left together, by themselves, and the situation being turn into a prey/predator tragedy. Like DeeLind7 said, introduce them slowly, but always in such a way that you have control of the situation. Also, as Deelind7 said, watch the dog's body language, and I would add also the cat's. The cat may not want to be friends. It is good that your cat has a place to go where the dog cannot go. Even though our cats get along with our dog, there are times they don't want to be bothered by him and his slobbering on them and want to go to their part of the house. Keep us posted on the situation. Last, but not least, welcome to the forum.
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Hi And Welcome aboard to Df Not sure why your boyfriend thinks everything is going to be ok on this score! But you have been given good advice regarding this! One step at a time on this the body laungauge on both the cat and dog is important so either can be sending a warning sign. like in the cats case a the Arched body etc. And there maybe times the cat just wants some peace and quite too! Close supervision is required at all times Good luck
Now back to the dog is he mirco chipped,etc,etc And do you have a name?
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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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