Google is next to useless on this question. I've looked and looked, but I'm getting nothing that addresses this directly. Our rescue dog, after nearly a year of peaceful living has started to attack my cat, and I have no idea what's causing it.
So, here's some background. Mister
, my cat, is about seven years old. I don't know for sure because I got him from my daughter who got him from a friend who rescued him from the street. He's had an exciting life. I've had him since 2010 and we've moved about four, maybe five times, since then. Could be six. Anyway, he's a pretty chill cat. He's also a big cat, he weighs in at 19 pounds now, and that's after losing weight.
We got Brandy
-- a cattle dog mix -- from the Humane Society in May of last year, so not quite a year ago, but she's been pretty chill too and has shown no
signs of aggression until recently. She's not aggressive to me at all
. She's been friendly, smart, happy, fearful, submissive, bored, energetic... everything BUT aggressive.
I suppose I should mention Cocoa
, who we rescued in October of last year. He's a Chihuahua/Corgi mix. He's also not aggressive. Now, Brandy and Cocoa have had their little dominance tussles, but that's to be expected, and I leave them to it. So far it's just been that, tussles.
So here's the problem. About two weeks ago, Mister went into Cocoa's kennel and started chewing on some kibble that was left in there. Brandy took exception to that and they started fighting. I mean hissing, yowling, scratching, snarling, growling... fighting. I broke it up before they could hurt each other and after that I made sure all food was put away after meals. I figured that would solve the problem even though Brandy hasn't shown food aggression before that.
Then, about four days ago, Mister was sitting in the living room and Brandy just lunged at him for (as far as I could see), no apparent reason. I mean lunged at him -- snarling, snapping -- the whole shebang. Again, I broke it up and let Brandy know that this was not acceptable behavior, (I told her NO! and made her lay down away from the cat and stay until I wasn't angry anymore, trust me, she knew she'd done something wrong...) but she went after Mister again tonight! She lunged clear across the room snapping, snarling, and growling. I really thought she'd do him harm. I again stopped her and let her know this wasn't acceptable. When she lunged at Mister, he actually in the doorway of another room and (as far as I could see) not doing anything to provoke Brandy at all.
The thing is, they live pretty much peacefully most of the day. They don't hiss or snarl at each other when they pass in the hall. They lay down near each other
throughout the day. At night they sleep on the bed with me for a while then Brandy will sleep in her chair and Mister sleeps wherever it is Mister sleeps (I never have found his sleeping place). They drink out of the same bowl. Whenever I pet the dogs, the cat comes over to get pet too, and there's no fighting. And right now, they're in the same room, lying down, and sleeping with no signs they've just squared off. It just doesn't make sense.
Brandy has recently had a checkup with all kinds of blood work and has had a clean bill of health. I'm clueless. And I don't know how to stop this. It's stressing my already tight nerves (wedding at the end of the month). Any ideas what might be causing my dog to suddenly, after all this time, attack my cat? And, how can I stop it? She stops when I say "No!" but I'd rather she not start at all.
Mister is big enough to take care of himself, and he has places to run that Brandy can't get to, so I'm not concerned that she'll do him serious harm. However I don't want him hurting Brandy either. And I also don't want it to get to the point were I have to have the cat in one area of the house and the dog in the other. What kind of living is that?