Dead cat walking? Jack Russell Terriers and cats...
August 27, 2009 9:38 AM Subscribe
What are your Jack Russell Terrier + cat stories? I can't get a consistent read from The Google.
posted by dirtypants to Pets & Animals (15 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've been scouring the Tubes for stories about Jack Russells and cats co-habbing. I found a very small JRT while working in a nearby city on a VERY busy street the other day. She was nearly hit, then terrified, etc. I lured her slowly into a building and then slowly trapped and leashed her. Within a half-an-hour she was following me everywhere, and has been an absolute joy. No bites from Craigslist posts, nearby vets and flyers. She wasn't collared or chipped, and she isn't spayed (she is probably close to two years, but very small). So I'm thinking her owners weren't particularly diligent. And they haven't made an effort to find her. But she is VERY domesticated, pretty mellow (but a blast to play with), great with other dogs, off-leash trained, and quiet. This is unlike any JRT I have ever met.
The local animal control (where I found her) has a 3-5 day kill cycle.
So if I keep her (a low probability -- I expect she'll show signs of the JRT traits that drive me nuts, or I'll find her owners, or I'll wake up to the fact that she needs more exercise than Usain Bolt), does that mean that I can never have a cat? I don't want to rule that out by making a dumb choice now. The Tubes are full of "MY JRT JUST LOVES CATS!" stories, but there are the occasional, "I had a cat and JRT for three years and they were BFF until he suddenly ate it" horror posts. I know that there is a bias in those data, as there will be here, but I thought I'd solicit for more info.