Jack Russell and Cats

by Terry
(Northern VA, VA, USA)

My parents are moving and need me to take in their Jack Russell Terrier. I have two cats and do not know how to deal with the situation. When I have had the dog and cat in the same room, they have hissed and barked. It ends up in the Jack Russell chasing the cats. How can I make this work out? Help!

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Mar 24, 2012
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Jack Russel and cats
by: Greg

Jacks and cats are not always good to pair together. Jacks can't always be trusted around cats. When you bring the dog into your home I would start by (re)introducing them slowly to each other. Maybe have the dog in a cage and allow the cats to sniff and get used to the smell. Keep the dog and cats in separate rooms and do the cage thing a few times a day for a couple days until the hissing stops. Even then though, if you are not in the house, make sure the dog/cats are in separate rooms.
Good luck!! And in the meantime, it can't hurt to ask your friends if anyone might want to adopt the dog!

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