My dog killed a stray cat...what do i do???

Laura - posted on 05/26/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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We have had our Staffy Bodie for 5 years. This is the first time anything like this has happened. I want to know what i can do for my dog? I dont understand why he did it.

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Sarah - posted on 05/28/2010

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Some dogs have a high prey drive. All dogs have instincts to hunt on smaller animals, but most dogs dont act on them, But some do. Try to keep your dog in your own yard to protect nieghborhood animals. If he is out (not in a fenced yard) keep an eye on him. If he's a roamer (my moms dogs like to run out of this house and roam the nieghborhood, but yorkies dont have as much of a risk to other animals) but if that's what he does then he may have been hunting small animals more than you are aware of. Otherwise he could have just saw a cat he didn't like. It's incorrect to say dogs dont like cats because i have known plenty that do. But SOME dogs may not get along or like them. I would not recommend owning smaller animals with him, until you know if he's safe to be around them. Sorry if i seem to be rambling i spent 7 years with 2 diifferant animals shelters, dogs are my specialty :)

Theresa - posted on 05/26/2010

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Just burry the cat! Dogs happen. the dog is just acting like a dog if he does it alot chain him up. dogs have always hated cats you could post a sign for your neighbors benifit say something like " caution! cat attacking dog in yard.\" no seriously, though it is sad that the poor cat was attacked the dog was just being a dog!

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Esta - posted on 03/21/2014

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I have had Matilda for 6 years and I only Let her out for 30 min a day. I always look out for stray,s before I let her out for fear of her running after them.this time a 4 stray cats were under my car. Matilda caught and killed one. I never thought of her as a wild animal before.

Tcordukes - posted on 05/28/2010

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Hey laura, i'm guessing u are a queenslander or at least an Aussie by your pic (go the maroons... lol) call the rspca then try and catch the cats in a basket or something, I had a stray under my house when i was pregnant and thats what the rspca told me to do, they will only come and get them once they are caught. i just put food out (i had a proper cage though) which shut when he entered.

Laura - posted on 05/28/2010

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Thankyou all!!!! My husband buried the cat!!! I was just so mortified that he had done it...it was a stray cat...they are living under our house..I have rung the local laws officer to come and get them but nothing has been done...and the worst thing is that i know who owns the cats that are living here...i confronted them and they came and had a look and informed me that they weren't their cats but their cats kittens!!!! they wont take responsability for them!! Poor little things...
I hope that the rest dont come into the yard!!!

Melanie - posted on 05/27/2010

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i do agreee with the other ladies, as long as the dog is not agresive to people or anything. We had two dogs (had them for about two yrs before i got preg) the we got from the pound at 3mths old. We also have cats, anyway one of our cats was not yet "fixed" i went on hols and hubby let her out, well of corse we ended up with kittens, we kept one (called her lucky) when lucky was 6mths old and i was 18wks preg the dogs turned on her i was home alone and jumped over a fence to get to her, the dogs turned on me as well once i got her off them i fell over the fence getting out. she died in my arms on the way to the vet, i ended up in hospital and almost lost my beautiful little girl 9 i know it was my own fault for jumping in but i couldnt just leave her) hubby and i then made the heart braking choice and handed the dogs back to the pound we desiced that since they attacked me they were not safe to have with childern around. so for the safty of our little girl and any other child who comes round we gave them back we are not the kind of people to give up on an animal easily (we were currently looking at spending $12,000 yes thats right $12,000 to give one of the dogs two new hips as both hers were in a very bad state (they cost $6,000 each) but after sitting in the hospital wondering if my little girl was still alive - well we wernt not going to risk anything like this happening again.

Erin - posted on 05/26/2010

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id just bury the cat, i agree with what theresa said, ur dog is jus actin like a dog

Kim - posted on 05/26/2010

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I agree with the bury the cat, of course. But dogs will be dogs? Not so much. I adopted an 8 yr old husky who would be praised for bringing small dead animals home (she had 22 acres). This did not work in our neighborhood. I was able to retrain the dog as she would show aggression to other animals. After about 6 months, I was able to take this dog on walks in the neighborhood without a leash and she wouldn't lunge towards cats or dogs anymore. She could have all the squirrels she could catch.lol

Anything that happens in your yard is fine, but if this should happen somewhere else, you would be liable because you now have previous knowledge that the dog can be aggressive.

Retraining for us meant when she would lunge on the leash, I would tackle her with my forearm over her neck, restricting her airway enought to let her know I was in control. Only when she stopped struggling did I let her up. Sounds really mean, I know. I was desperate. I knew I couldn't keep her as a crazy killing machine and this was the advice I got from a trainer. But it was easier than telling another neighbor my dog killed the family cat that happened to be in our yard for a second.

Sheba lived for 5 years with us and she was the best behaved dog on the street for the last 4f 1/2 years of her life.

Jane - posted on 05/26/2010

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I agree with Theresa. It's sad, as I don't like to think of any animals being hurt, but dogs will be dogs...some dogs get along with cats..some don't! And if the cat came into his yard, then unfortunately, he reacted the only way he knew. Give the cat a decent burial...there is no point now punishing your dog, as he won't understand that he did anything wrong. If you want, you could also just ask around to see whose cat it was, as someone may be looking for him/her ya know :)

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