My cat doesn't want my new dog to follow him everywhere. But they are of a size so that's an issue. Help?
Here's the thing. We have this new dog, Cocoa, who is roughly the same size as our cat, Mister (photo
for comparison). Now, when it was just Brandy
and Mister, there was enough of a size difference that I could use this
pet gate to give Mister a portion of the house to himself. But it's a different story with Cocoa. Wherever Mister goes, Cocoa can follow, and it's stressing Mister out. He's jumpy and not as affectionate as he used to be. He's not hissy or hiding under the bed, but I'd still like to see him not jump at every sound.
What I want to do is give Mister a place to go that Cocoa cannot follow. I'm at my wit's end. Cat trees won't work with Mister. He doesn't fit on them. We took him to several of the pet stores in town just to be sure and he seriously will not fit on them. The ones he will
fit on cost several hundred dollars and we just cannot afford that right now. Same thing with shelves. Even those cat shelves that clam to hold up to 20lbs are still too small for him to fit on. He's a big cat. I had cobbled together something with sturdy cardboard boxes before we got Cocoa, which Mister liked, but Cocoa loves the heck out of it, and now Mister hardly goes near it anymore.
So, any ideas? I'm at a loss.