Q. New 3 year dog with our 14 year cat. Dog gets so excited and cat viciously attacks dog. They re about the same size. How can I stop this?
AMANDA MILLER COOK
A. Introductions should be made very slowly. The dog and cat should be fed at separate times in different locations. There should be baby gates up so the cat has an area of its own to escape to and in the common areas there should also be a cat tree and other areas for kitty to climb to watch the dog from a safe distance. Also, you can take a soft cloth and rub across cat's chin and paws which will release scent glands. Let the dog smell and get used to the cat's scent and reward the dog with treats when doing so calmly. Do the same with the cat. Eventually you might allow them within a reasonable distance while leashes and treat for calmness gradually over the course of several days or weeks closing the gap and meeting up close.