My new JRT and my cats!!
Hi, we have two cats who are almost two year old (boy and girl). My brother recently had to re home is puppy (JRT 10months old) so we took him in. Obviously the cats were put out by this and we have been working really hard to get them used to each other. We put George on his lead in the living room for a few hours everynight whilst the cats are there and everything seems ok but then we have little blips where george just growls really horrilby as if he would bite simba (boy cat)if he could get to him. We have been at this for 6 weeks now and nala (girl cat) is still scared stiff. I have had to stop her going out as I couldn't get her in for days at a time. she is still off her food even though she stays upstairs away from george and her voice is going - she does eat little bits of food tho. Simba is still trying to carry on as normal, bless him, he has scratched george on a few occassions as he does come through the window and generally try and walk around like normal and thats when these mishaps are sometimes occurring. Simba is very forgiving of George and often tries to come up to him meowing if I am holding him (george) and sometimes they are ok but other times george snaps. obviously i fear for the safety of my cats although i would never leave them alone with george. My question really is at what point do i give up? how long after trying should it start paying off? don't get me wrong simba and george have come a long long way but i feel really sorry for nala, she just can't adjust. Is this ever gonna work? We give them treats for being nice to each other and tap george on the nose if he goes for the cats - this has been a last resort as it is becoming a regular occurance. PLEASE HELP!