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Can I train Ned to not chase cats?
My in-laws have recently moved nearby and they have a cat. My mother-in-law wants to be able to leave the cat with me when they travel, but so far Ned's interactions with the cat have not been good. They met when he was 9 weeks old and they didn't even acknowledge each other. Then, they saw each other over the holidays when Ned was around 5 months old. He would chase after her whenever she came in view and then jump on furniture trying to get to her when she was perched up high. She wacked him in the face a few times, but she is de-clawed so I doubt it was very aversive to Ned.
This weekend, they had their first encounter in my in-laws new house. He immediately chased after her until she hid behind a chair and my husband had to restrain him while my mother-in-law carried the cat to another room and locked her in there. Ned was whining and trying to get to the cat the rest of the visit. He seems to view her the same way he views rabbits, squirrels, and birds...as prey. He has a high prey drive with small furry or feathery things. He is so sweet with kids and small dogs, but that gentleness does not translate to other species. I don't know if there is any way to change that.
My mother-in-law thinks that they just need to spend more time together, but I'm not sure that would change anything.
I would like to be able to keep the cat in the future, but I'm not sure that it would be a good idea if I would have to lock her up in a room by herself the entire time and have Ned whining about it.
Does anyone have any advice?