We recently purchased a 3 month old female Persian kitten which born last august.
We already have a one year old male border collie.
Both animals grew with their counterparts in their initial families (the place were they were born). That is : the puppy liked to play with a short aired cat and the kitten liked to sleep with a Bichon.
My dog is twice bigger than the bichon my cat knew. When my dog sees the kitten, it run after it (but it doesn’t growls or bristles it’s hair). It also ends up crying if it can’t approach my kitten (either because it watch it through the window of the garden or because my kitten is on a cupboard).
The real problem is the kitten : it is completely terrified of the border collie. it arch it’s back and constantly tries to escape my dog when it is in the house.
This end‐ups into one of the following situation :
- The kitten manages to climb a cupboard in order to escape. This makes the border collie crying so much that I need to put it in the garden.
- The dog manages to corner the cat in the house and sit in front of it without touching it (in that case it doesn’t cries), but the kitten is so afraid that it doesn’t tries to bit or scratch at the border collie. As result, the dog doesn’t learn it should leave the cat alone.
Both of them can last several hours (the dog doesn’t move from an inch). In both cases, my female persian kitten still have it’s heart pulsing very very fast after those hours.
1 month of confrontation with feliway® and felifriend® seems to have made the fear of my cat stronger (in the same time it has no problem with other humans even those it doesn’t knows). I don’t try to force their relationships, I leave them alone when they are together.
This is problematic since I expect the cat to hunt the wild birds which eat the fruits of my garden all the days along next summer.
I have no ideas on what I should do at that point. At least, if my cat ends up having less fear, it could teach the dog to not play with it, so they could avoid mutually.