Dogs are hunters. All I can say is that time makes things more acceptable and that mourning goes through stages of anger, and then eventually acceptance. Why why. Or were they new to each other? Of course, there are many more possibilities. We have this cat in the neighborhood that torments him and comes into our yard. — Sharon L. Crowell-Davis, veterinary behaviorist. grow up. And since it seems to be from jealousy only I leave them all out to Rome the house when I’m gone and it’s been fine. Most dogs don’t have the fully intact prey drive that is required. Does the dog sence that there is something wrong with the cat? I recently rescued a 8 week old kitten and took him home. :(I put a basket muzzle on her when ever I took her out to the barn with me, so she couldn't get a cat in her mouth and kill them. While it may be genetically normal for a dog to try to kill a cat, it's not acceptable in the society we live in today. We reported the attack and death of our cat to our local council who came out and interviewed me and our neighbour's got issued with a fine but only for not containing their dog to their property/tresspassing on our property and for the fence not being adequate height (& no fence toppers) for the type of dogs (the other dog they have is a greyhound but she wasn't involved in killing out cat) they have - no fine for their dog attacking/killing our cat so is like got away with it. They see them as prey. My granddaughter's cat had kittens and my poodle killed them. If a dog injured my cat to the point of killing her, I would be upset as well. My family and I went on a short vacation this past weekend. All the animals are indoor / outdoor, and since we live in a rural area, they have a lot of room to roam. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 23, 2018: Panganj, so sorry for your loss. It's a pleasurable feeling a cat that kills a mouse must feel or a primate peeling a ripe banana must feel. She already had several house cats & a small breed Chihuahua mix. It won't kill either of them in the short term but longer term it can affect their health. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on September 14, 2019: Susi, so sorry you are in such a situation. Did they live together with no issues for some time? The kitten is okay aside from a bald spot and hurt feelings but I'm terrified to keep my kitten now. However, other than rage, there may be other feelings going on. If a mom feels her 'nest' is threatened, she'd rather kill her kittens than let predators get them--of course this is an instinctive thing, more often done in the wild, but our domestic cats still possess these instincts. Like you all say, it's literally in their nature and they were bred to hunt. There are several supportive mourning groups that can help you move past the stage of resentment. Either one of the two would earn them a bullet from my gun. She failed. We have bad days, we all do, dogs have bad days too. What's the deal? In general, we would assume that stranger cats are killed because the dog perceives them as invading their territory, they are not part of their social group and dogs instinctively chase and grab fleeing animals. The only other option Also, sometimes dogs may kill cats because of some unusual circumstance such as a cat falling off of a tree or suffering a … Would you put your cats down for killing birds or mice too? This is justice. And what happens when my dog realizes the one cat isn't playing with her and cuts her too deep? He's been a really good boy except on maybe three occasions when he attacked first out of nowhere and that's only been since we've added the two new cats. Let's take a brief look at how predatory behavior works. Fast forward two months and a few hours ago, my family went out to get food and were gone for an hour. It’s not yours? It's effin nature. As much as one was attached to the cat, blaming a dog for acting out of instinct is not helpful. When a dog kills a cat, predatory drive isn't always necessarily the main culprit, even though it may be a contributing factor. Have you just watched your dog staring through the window at a cat stalking across the backyard and realized that if he got loose, he would quite possibly rip that poor kitty to shreds? I don't want to get rid of either of them nor do I want to sentence Grace to a life in her crate other than dog park time. They will take precautions to stay safe and will probably tell you to keep the dog confined safely for the evaluation. This never escalated. We found pieces of him and bits of fur all over. As more time passed, my dog would become more aggressive toward the cat if he attacked or swatted at him. My cat, who Ive had for 15 years, didn't adjust well to change of having a dog in the house and would attack the dog if it came by him. Most of all, people who defend a dog (which is aware of what it does - crossing the territories etc) that killed a cat/human, are the lowest on the human scale! Gastby- my daughters dog would go near Leroy and we would scold him, now I feel like it was my fault never in my heart would I think this would happen. Since we brought home the senior did (about 3 months ago) she is fine if my other dog is around me, but if any of my cats go around me for attention she gets very aggressive. Dog problems can happen fast, be devastating and sometimes pit neighbor against neighbor. This happened outside a friends other vacation house. Ppl really are stupid when wanting to put down a dog after something happends like they kill a cat then let me ask how many mice bird etc have that cat killed becase its the same reaction and if you are afraid that something is gonna happend then both parties(if its you and a neighbor if not then one owning the animals) i mean if you got a cat and a bird its the same thing the cat is tho less tamed than a dog and if a dog does attack some cat or something dont blame the dog blame the owner for having control but as an example if a cat runs in to a dog then something might happend becase predatory instint and what do you know of a dog walking on a leash always ask if ypu kid want to pet it or anything we have had a kid literlly hurt a dog(kid was a little russian girl so whe couldent conversate) and the dog didint do anthing this dog later killed a chicken that escaped and predatory drive kicked in this dog would have killed an chihuaua if it got the chance she was very predatory but only thing ever to happend was 2 chickens that escaped we have a fence around or property and a closed of chicked part that it escaped from but its mostly up to the owner if your dog show sign of being very predatory then keep an eye out and if you got a small dog(that everyone think is okay only becase they are small they cant hurt anyone still most agresive dogs ive seen have been small dogs they are just not capaple of harmung that isint an excuse for not training it properly) so back to the subject dont leet dogs greet they normaly dont and you dont know how the other dog will react. Urban coyotes have a fierce and formidable reputation as midnight predators that stalk and kill our beloved pets, especially small dogs and outdoor cats. A dog might be upset for whatever reason, their chew toy being lost, a rainy day, too much noise, etc. But that was it. Earlier in the day my german shepherd and some neighbor dogs were chasing and teasing the cat. My loyal and bravehearted cat was killed by neighbors dog. WHY do dogs go INTO the houses and search and kill a kitten!? Did he blame the cat for the storm? I feel so guilty and awful and so mad at the dog that I just wish I had some answers! Never, because we don't know how dogs may react when they are stressed. If the dog kills your cat, have the dog put down. Hi, I have 4 indoor cats, and 2 dogs. My neighbor’s dogs killed my beautiful cat on our yard. I'll wait. Now I'm afraid that he may do it again and given that there are still many cats outside unsupervised I don't know what to do. Even though you may happily feed your dog kibble three times a day and offer him treats in between, somewhere still lurking in his doggy brain is the need to source his next meal. Suddenly, i chased the dog away and it dropped the kitten. Why why did my dog kill my cat she is 27 years old. Question: My dog grew up with three cats with no problems. I will encourage her to read your article. Dogs were originally pack animals and killers. With a basket muzzle a dog can still drink water and pant. My dog is at boarding school right now learning manners. The dog actually likely did not have a real intent to kill (unlike humans who commit murders intently every single day). I now have a lonesome female dog that I cherish and she no longer has her brother to keep her company as they were best of buds. Dogs remain instinctive beings who don't abide to our moral values as we humans may do sometimes. There are many common, daily things that can kill your cat, and some can be found in your own home without you realizing.If you are a new cat owner, or if you're thinking about adopting a cat, it is essential for you to do some research and learn how to identify the most dangerous items, foods and plants for your cat so that you can prevent accidents. We rescued each one of these cats and raised them from when they were a few weeks old. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on May 07, 2017: Elizabeth, it's hard to say. I love him but when i look in his eyes, it hurts. On top of that, the astounding lack of logic and leaps of imagination being shown by some of these dog haters is ludicrous. Prey drive is much different from aggression. Question: My cat was on my fence and fell and my dog killed it in front of my eyes, will he kill my other cats? My dog has started attacking my cat and now am frightened it may cause serious injury,the dog has just been neutered a few days ago and everything was ok,i don't know what to do. What happened exactly? This dog was hanging around there and was feed by my friend who runs the market. Thanks. Cats and dogs are by no means natural enemies, but there are a few behavioral differences that can set them at odds. What she meant is that your article is biased, for the murderous dog, and by this logic, the dog should be forgiven also if a child were killed by a dog. Only time will heal and help you recover. The lady who took care of my pets had to call me Friday morning and tell me that we had an awful storm the night before. Even though the action is outrageously horrible,,, it is really NOT the dog's fault,, or the shark's fault!! I don't think you understood Lily's comment regarding your article. What is predatory behavior? It breaks my heart that he had done this and im still mourning my cat who was 12 yrs old. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on February 19, 2020: John, the idea of putting a dog down for killing a cat is simply absurd. Yesterday, my dog was lying next to me as I sat on the couch. I saw the intestine or what looked like that coming out of the belly. retina or worse, be blinded. I trying to work out what one it was,, my wee dog off 2 years or my big dog off 7 years. and its very clear that some people are still affected by past accidents and they are raging and trying to place blame on all dogs and owners...I don't want to have that attitude but its hard to accept that there is no responsibility over the attack.... no changes if a fence damage and the way the family handles the dog, with no-one coming forward I would appreciate any advice you could give so I can move forward and over come this violent death that i had no control over? Some dogs know they must respect cats in the owner's presence, but once the owner turns around the dog may take advantage of its primal instincts. My daughter loves her big dogs but I'm totally freaked out by this behavior. That i wrote about IQ usually goes for those pathetic ones who get these ugly pit bulls etc. While that's okay if you're Noah and housing animals in a biblical ark, it just doesn't happen in reality as that's not what Nature intended. This would not have happened. Do I get rid of him now while he's still pup? Ed. Dogs, and cats for that matter, don't have the same "hierarchy" of life value. This fate will never happen to my cat because he stays in a room completely separate and with no access to the dog and never will be around him unless he is in a cage. Fortunately for the cat, there's something standing in the way of his feral feelings and that's you, his owner. It made no sense at the time and my step-daughter blamed the dog wanting him put down or re homed. It could be a fight erupted among the dogs and the cat fell victim to a re-directed bite for high arousal levels in the dogs. Today, I see things differently. Question: My dog killed a cat that was in my garden, it was barking at the cat and the cat was defending itself but hissing and going to scratch my dog. If your dog kills your cat it needs to be put down or re-homed in a place with no other pets immidiately. I tried holding them down while the cat ran for it but they broke loose anyways. If you know your dog has had a conflictive cat moment and detests them as a result, the best thing to do to try and avoid him attempting to kill one is to keep him as far away from cats as you possibly can. I feel like i should rehome them all. A lot of times the dogs (AND the sharks) are very territorial. I just managed to shout the dogs away before it got bloody - it was a kitten which died by three bigger dogs biting it. A murder is something done with the intent to harm. As a cat owner who lost an older cat recently as well (this was from old/age disease) I can feel how terrible it must feel to have witnessed such a thing. Getting frustrated and speaking in an angry tone will teach him that interactions with the cat are negative and fraught. Lol stupid article. ), just observed some meters away, and then it was to late - 3 stray dog killed a stray (?) Like I said, you wouldn’t put down your cat for bringing in a bird would you? The problem is that as humans, we often tend to attribute human traits to dogs, something known as anthropomorphism. There are many warnings in this and other articles about how the dogs may have come to this place in time. Understanding what may have happened requires distancing yourself from the horrific event and seeing beyond the emotions. I have toddlers in my home and now don't know if I will keep my dog because of this incident. my friend’s kitten got mauled by her dogs, it’s ribs were broken and then they peed all over her. I'm just sick! We thought maybe she was sick and that this incident was a fluke. The cats are all working animals, and we rely on them for rodent control. What triggers a dog's predatory drive is movement. I allowed them to share space again and everything was ok for 2 days then yesterday it happened again. They play all day, nap together, and I feed them separately. As the saying goes "good fences make good neighbors." My dogs killed her. Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on August 22, 2020: I have several dogs, and it's not uncommon for my dogs to chase a passing motorcycle on the road from one end of our yard to the other within the safety of our fence. I'm afraid i have no choice but to get him fixed like my other 2. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on December 29, 2016: Actually, many cats won't eat mice, had a couple who never even tried to eat them. We love our pets and if anything happens to them, it can be seriously soul destroying. Adrienne Farricelli (author) on August 07, 2018: Sue, I wished there was a way to heal faster, but grieving is a process and it takes time to process. I have a cat, and basically despise dogs along with humans who own a dog who are unable to raise and teach it. When a dog is engaging in predatory behavior, the behavior stems from the same areas of the brain where the "seeking circuits" come from. A Siberian husky can be the perfect pet, friendly towards people and other dogs and then kill a baby rabbit in the yard. I just got finished reading all the horror stories in the comments and it's making me reconsider getting a dog. I am horrified. I'm really afraid. She was asleep. Cats can and will fight back. I put a lot of effort though to protect them and train my dogs to accept them. Many cats and dogs will be the first to take the bait. Teaching your dog not to attack cats will mean making sure that your dog sees cats as members of the household, or companions, not prey. Always be around when cats and dogs are together. Our dog is a two year old, un-spayed female, and is a mix of three herding breeds (Corgie, Border Collie, and Blue Heeler). When the dog spots prey at a distance, the dog may fixate on the source with his gaze, ears kept upright, ready to capture the faintest sounds, body quivering and ready to spring into action. I walked in and the two dogs were panting and running at first I thought someone was in my home, then I saw Rocky shivering on the sofa. Horrific day I will never forget on April 01, 2017: My male dog killed my cat this morning while I tried to pull him off of her. You should try a presentation between your dog and a cat that you know well and which you know is accustomed to dogs. Shes been sround them for nearly two years includining newborn kittens this age. She was caught almost able to climb out of the back yard before she was snatched just before i could body shield her while she got up. They’ll chase cats for fun or out of territoriality, but won’t kill a cat. No blood and covered in salvia. Most likely the shepherd can tell a dog apart from a cat, but there's always that bit of risk or predatory drift. It's ultimately also a matter of personal comfort, some owners let small dogs play with large dogs, others prefer keeping them separated for fear of injury. None of you are the dog whisperer so why do you assume that dogs and cats (legendary enemies) can get along. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs. Why would she have done this? We recently adopted a senior dog. 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