I recently adopted a kitty this year, my first ever, from the RSPCA. He's still under a year old and has adjusted to our house brilliantly, he's indoor only but our house (well, half of our house - the other half is dog territory - we have lots of doors:P )has pretty much become a kitty gym and he seems extremely happy and uninterested in going outside. Anyway, that's not the point of this post.
Our family has an elderly JRT mix, a lovely old thing, and I've been trying to introduce him to my kitty in the hope they might become friends. We started slow, with me bringing Shooter (dog) inside on a leash and letting him see Euro (cat) etc
Shooter really doesn't have a problem with cats, never has, and he's had plenty of sniffs of Euro and been sniffed in return and he's really at ease with the whole thing. Actually, a better way of putting things would be to say that he is very uninterested in Euro, while Euro is completely fascinated/obsessed with Shooter.
The past couple of times I've allowed Shooter to come inside off leash - he normally has a bit of a sniff around, hoping to find some forgotten food, before settling down in front of the fire. He has no interest in going anywhere near Euro. As soon as he comes inside, Euro acts like he's on a hunt - he runs around after Shooter, hiding behind things, getting ready to pounce. I thought things were going well, but it seems Euro has got a bit big for his boots - he'll now walk right up to Shooter, who is just laying in front of the fire, and swat him in the face. How can I get him to stop doing this! I feel horrible for Shooter, because he's just sitting there not doing anything wrong.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Or should I just stop putting them together? I don't want Shooter did get hurt and/or become scared of cats.
tl;dr Really calm, old dog who is not interested in cat keeps getting beat up by cat.
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