Milo's dad

by Daniel H.
(Denver Colorado)

Today my Jack Russel Terrier killed one of my sister's cat's baby kittens. I have been trying to explain to my sister that it wasn't murder and that Jack Russel terriers are bred for this exact behavior (to hunt and kill small animals). Can someone help me and leave feedback regarding this. We have installed a baby gate and are no longer trusting Milo with the kittens. Prior to this he showed interest but no aggressive behavior towards the kittens however this irresponsible human forgot the capabilities of the Jack and we had a tragedy at our home.

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Sep 14, 2013
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Thank you
by: Daniel (milo's dad)

Thank you again to the people whom posted on my comment, since the incident she has got over the fact that she though it was intentional, we still have 1 little kitten we are trying to find a home. We have had 0 incidents since we kept the kittens contained at now Milo is less interested in the one we have left, we let them mingle every so often with close supervision now that the last one is much bigger and faster. The comments from you all are wonderful and look forward to using this site more often.

Aug 28, 2013
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its their nature
by: Jemma

you are totally right - its their nature but understandably your sisten is upset about this (who wouldnt be?). im sure in time - if she does some research on JRT - she will understand he did not mean to do anything other than what is in his nature.

how old is he? if hes young enough you might be able to change his way of acting towards cats.

saying that - if mine had the chance - wed have dead cats everywhere!

Jul 14, 2013
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THank you
by: Daniel

Thank you for your comment and I will ask her to read your feedback :-)

Jul 14, 2013
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Jacks and cats
by: David

So so so sorry to hear about the death of one of the kittens....nobody wants something like that to happen. I see there are tons of questions on this forums from others about having Jack Russells and cats so it's obviously a big issue. You are right, Jacks are hunters and love moving target as their prey. Many Jacks do get along fine with cats but there are those that don't. Even ones that have been totally fine with an owner's cat can one day can turn and change. Please tell your sister that it isn't your Milo's fault. He was just doing what nature told him to do. I'm glad you installed a baby gate.....just a note of precaution.....some Jacks are really good jumpers, especially when motivated. Make sure that your Jack can't jump over the baby gate - or put a blocker on top of the gate so your Jack can't see or jump over the gate.
Hope your sister can forgive Milo!

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