cats hate dog
I recently found a stray dog. I think she is part german shepherd mix of some kind. I have named her Pippa. She is sweet and gentle and I know she has had puppies in the past and I would say more than one litter because she has permanently drooping teats. When I found her she was very skinny, covered in huge fleas, tearing patches of fur out of her hind quarters and with big scabs on the ends of her ears. Now with three months of frontline she still has a couple of fleas but her scabs and red irritated skin are all healed and she is a very happy dog, and we are happy to have her. I've always been more of a cat person but I have to say that I love her endearing doggie ways. I work at home and so I spend all day with her and love the way she follows me around the house and parks herself wherever I happen to be.
I also have 3 cats. Mama cat Angel and her two bachelor sons Simba and Marmelade. I've had all since kittens. Angel is kind of grouchy but can be very nice when she wants to be. Marmelade is dumb as rocks and rough with his claws without really meaning to be. He is also scared of everything but still a sweet cat. Simba is the best cat in the world. Smart and super friendly and always gentle. Unlike his brother, he knows how to jump up in my lap without digging his claws in.
I can tell that Pippa likes the cats and wants to be friends, but the cats will have none of it. They are mean and from time to time will chase her around. I know that this is because they are afraid of her. Simba will lay in the same room with her, and because she is such a good dog she will leave him alone but if she gets up too fast or comes too close in an attempt to leave the room, Simba loses his cool completely. There is often a ruckus of hissing and terrified whimpering and crazy chasing but so far no scratches or bites on poor Pippa.
I am hoping that the cats will eventually realize that Pippa is no threat and that they will all become best friends. Am I being unrealistic? Please share your experiences and any advice will be appreciated.