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Re: New baby and cat killingPosted by: Linda
Posted on: October 23, 2001 at 19:35:47
In Reply to: New baby and cat killing
: I will give back ground information on my pets to start. I have 3 JR's one male my first mama's boy 8yrs. Female 6yrs and her daughter 3yrs old. Shepard is 6yrs. My male co exist with my 2 cats, he never has hurt them and I trust him completley. He also doest have much of a hunt extinct except to chase and feels he is human more than dog. My female howerever became pack leader and is very instinctual. I thought once I laid down the law with the cats she would except that. She has been nippy when ever new people came into the house and leaned over to pet her. She didnt let them try and domanate her. Once I told people to ignore her and sit down and let her come up to you that worked and then she loved them. I thought since I had my cats first she would lean to co-exist with them. My mistake I kept one of her puppies another female who never quite learned to leave one of the cats alone. She never has killed like her mother but has nipped my little gray cat. The alpha female also shows our big dog who is boss and has worked up in a freezy outside and attacks his neck, which it is so hairy it doesnt bother him as long as she shows him some atteniton.
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I really don't see what this has too do with your child, it is up to you as a parent to watch and supervise your dogs. At night I would suggest crating the dogs if you can't watch them and you think that the baby, would get out of the crib. If you aren't having problems now, with the dogs and the baby. Cats and harming a baby, are two different things to me.
Parents who have children and animals, of any breed, no matter how you think they acting now, should always be supervised. I am sorry if you think that this may sound a little harsh but we on this web site have been warning people for years about a dogs reaction to a cat. It just doesn't work in the long run unless you are willing to keep them seperate.
Please don't think that just because your dog, and you don't really know which one or which breed, you just suspect, has anything to do with harming a child. Prey drive and hunting doesn't equate to killing, and it is only when it isn't formible quarry such as a cat, Opossum, and small animals, that this will happen. My dogs hunt on a regular basis and yet they will curl up with the neighbors child and sleep. They know the difference and that is one thing I have taught them. I really don't know how to explain it but the two aren't the same things at all. Since your dogs have grown up around the child and I know you will be extra careful now with supervision I don't think that you have anything to worry about especially if the dogs haven't been a problem in the past with your child.