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Oct. 9th, 2007 @ 05:40 pm Question
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Hi there, newbie with a question here!

My dog and cat have been 'best friends' since we got them nearly eight years ago. We've moved a couple of times during that period and it's never affected their relationship. But since we've moved this time the cat won't let the dog near him, he just hisses. Does anyone know what might have changed and if there's anything I can do to improve things?

Thanks in advance.
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Date:October 9th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC)
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cats are very territorial and its because you've moved that he's acting up. Just about all cats will do the same thing. Just give him time to adjust to his new home and things will get better, it almost 100% has nothing to do with your dog and they'll be best friends again before you know it.
Date:November 9th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)

your cat adjusting to move

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Dear Tuxido_Elf,
I see problems like this often in my pet behavior consulting business. Sometimes as animals age, the stress of a move can trigger behavior changes. The very first thing to do is have a veterinarian check your cat for unsuspected medical problems. Sometimes arthritic pain, or minor urinary infections, or other disorders, can make a cat very grumpy after stress.

If there's nothing wrong medically, the next thing to do is keep the two pets separated and only let them together when you can supervise. Begin to offer the cat treats when the dog is around, and try to keep the dog from trying to play with the cat for a few weeks. We need to reteach the cat that good things happen when the dog is there. Things should gradually settle out, but it can sometimes take a few months.