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Old 04-19-2017, 08:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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We just adopted a 2 year old male beagle from a local shelter. He is so sweet and easy and loving and we are crazy about him. BUT we have one big problem. He keeps chasing our 15 year old cat. I told the people at the shelter that we were very concerned about this possibility, especially since he is a beagle. They "cat tested" him and said that he was not a cat chaser. WRONG. He has almost given our poor kitty a heart attack. This is our first rescue and I really want it to work but right this minute, I am not feeling very hopeful. Suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome, I don't have any animals other than my Beagle but there are others who may be able to offer advice. For now, probably best to keep them separated.
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Old 04-20-2017, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Is your cat dog savvy, or has he/she never been around dogs before? The shelter may have tested him with a dog savvy cat, who was not afraid and did not run. If your cat runs, your dog will chase.

Ensure that your cat has access to a safe place, where the dog is not allowed. The can should have escape routes - kitty doors, that only he can fit through. I know several people who have a kitty door to their basement. They even make pet gates with kitty doors. Keeps dog in, but lets cat out.

Keep your dog on a leash and correct him, when he tries to go for the cat. Reward him, when he is good and ignores the cat.

Best of luck. I know it is hard and it would stink to have to return him. When you cannot watch him, definitely keep them separated.
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It's tricky, usually they work it out themselves. We have an older cat with no front claws but he puts my dog in place. He would actually bite at her butt if my dog didn't let up. Make sure the cat has safe places to go but I also agree with Jan, correct your dog. We still have to say Autumn leave Mikey alone. Autumn knows Mikey is the king and is higher than her. Give it some time, hopefully it will work it self out. Good luck!
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When I first rescued a greyhound I was told he was cat safe but my cat was a afraid and would run so of course Andy would chase him. Try to reward him for "good kitty" behavior. I kept doing that with Andy while always making sure Fred had safe places to go if he was scared. It really does work. Beagles are curious of kitties but don't tend to have a prey drive to hurt them. You can put him on a leash and keep some treats nearby when you know your kitty is in the room. Keep rewarding him for good behavior.

This site might have some tips for you also:

https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/bring...ing-cats-dogs/
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Sorry. No advice. Rascal wants to make friends with cats. Would follow some of the previously posted advice.
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Thank you to all of you who replied. Thankfully, we have a loft with a spiral staircase that Charlie can't climb but the cat, Dixie, can. Last night we moved her litter box and food up there. She has been around dogs before and all of them have chased her at some point so she is not surprised, I am sure. I was just hoping not to have to put her through it again and Charlie is particularly vocal in his approach. I feel certain we will sort it out eventually.

Charlie has also found a weak spot in our fence in the back yard so I am having to watch him like a hawk when he is out there. He does respond to correction if he approaches the area as long as the scent has already taken possession of his senses.

Honestly, I think I have just become spoiled by our other dog, a 20lb goldendoodle who has always been so easy and low maintenance. We got her as an 8 week old puppy though. This is our first shelter rescue dog and a beagle is a very different breed. It is such a joy to see him blossom and learn to trust us and settle into domestic life for the first time.
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Beagles are notorious escape artists. lol! Yes, every breed is different, as is every dog. That's what makes it so much fun. They teach us new things every day.
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Definitely do what you can to secure your fence, these characters can figure out how to escape.
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Yes, beagles can be a handful compared to some dogs especially rescues that have some baggage but they are SO worth it with their silliness and dedication to your family.

It's funny, we have a loft with a spiral staircase and that is where our cat would go to get away from the dogs.
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