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Cat and Dog - No Truce After One Year
I hope someone can help me make peace between our 9-year-old cat, Gabe (Siamese), and Nugget, our 13-month-old golden. Gabe moved himself upstairs the day we brought Nugget home, and has rarely come down in the year since. His food, water, and litter box are upstairs.
We have confined Nugget to the downstairs with gates, and she's only allowed upstairs (on leash) when she's with my husband or me. Gabe stays hidden. When he and Nugget happen to "meet," Gabe acts terrified - hisses and scrambles to get away. Nugget, of course, has always been fascinated by "that thing that runs and makes noises," and will take chase if we aren't quick enough to stop her. I've tried everything I can think of to ease them into tolerating each other. I guess I thought things would be rocky at first, but that they would work it out. I don't know if I did the wrong thing by keeping them apart, but I did it out of love for Gabe - and always hoped the gates would give Gabe a feeling of security, and, at the same time, allow them to get used to each other at a distance. Hasn't happened, and we're no closer to a truce than we were a year ago. :-(
FYI, it's not that Gabe has never been around dogs. We had a dog when we brought him home as a kitten, and they were fine together. We were only without a dog for six months before we got Nugget.
Any suggestions would be appreciated. I feel like we've erected the Berlin Wall in our house. Should I just tear it down and tell them to work it out between themselves?