Well… Jennifer Hildreth and I thought it would be a good idea to see if Cooper (her cat) and Cubbie would get along. Both are very playful, so I guess we thought they’d beat the odds when it comes to dogs and cats getting along and they would want to play with each other. We were wrong.
Cooper wasn’t scared of Cubbie, but he certainly didn’t like him. Cubbie charged into Jennifer’s house and Cooper immediately hissed and became a puff ball of hair. I don’t think he relaxed the whole time Cubbie was there.
Cubbie attempted to go up to Cooper, but Cooper wasn’t having it. Cubs then proceeded to explore the rest of the house. The whole time, Cooper would peek his head out to watch what Cubbie was doing. At one point Cubbie went downstairs, and when he tried to come back up Cooper was sitting on the stairs. Cubbers approached and Cooper swatted (good thing he’s declawed). Cubbie actually went back down the stairs. I’ve never seen him retreat from a cat before!
Once Cubbie got back upstairs he began whining and making a high pitched bark at Cooper. That bark is his “come on, let’s play” bark. Cooper wasn’t having it.
Cubs would get as close as he thought was safe to Cooper, then he would lay on his belly and bark. When Cooper would hiss, Cubs ran in circles and eventually started the entire cycle over again.
Maybe if we’d introduced Cubbie and Cooper sooner things would have gone better. Cooper’s never been around a dog before. The whole time I felt he was saying, “Why did you bring this THING into my house? I don’t want to play with THIS.”
While Jennifer and I ate some supper Cubbie sat on a rug in the kitchen floor and Cooper sat on one of the kitchen chairs. Cooper stared at Cubbie and Cubbie would whine.
The goal was to wear them out. Cubbie was tired from exploring the house and trying to get Cooper to play (very unsuccessfully), and I think Cooper was tired from not being able to relax the whole time we were there!
So far, Cubbie is 0-3 when it comes to making friends with cats. But… I don’t think he’s ready to give up yet.
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This post was written by dwagner on September 30, 2009