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Old 09-22-2016, 10:48 AM   #1
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Unhappy Coexisting Cat & Dog in 22ft

Anyone with ideas for traveling with pets that don't get along? I'm about to go full-time in my '74 Argosy 22' and have a French bulldog that would rather chase my cat than co-exist with her. To be fair, this is our first cat and I've only had her for 3 weeks. I've been doing slow introductions, but she still can't stand being in the same room in our house without staring, shaking and whining. The only "room" in the Argosy I have is the bathroom with a custom barn door.

I'm planning to move in full time 10/23. Other than consistent obedience training, crates when I'm away, and constant supervision is there anything else I should be doing? I can't be the first person in this situation.

I'm looking into installing shelves for the cat to have access to the bulkhead. Does anyone have any other suggestions? I just didn't anticipate my otherwise lazy Frenchie having such a high prey drive and I don't want to encounter heartbreak while trying to live the dream...
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:53 AM   #2
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Just never know what a pray-drive trigger might be, until you stumble over it. We have 5 dogs and four rabbits. Traveled with all of them a few months ago. Our Labs and the Sheltie mix are curious about the long-eared weirdos and wonder why the rabbits won't play with them. But they freak out our Cattle Dog. The rabbits have a fenced play area, so the dogs have never been given an opportunity to chase. If your cat stands its ground, that may or may not help. The Frenchie is a bully breed. I'm guessing your Argosy has the "plastic" bulkhead like our trailer does, with the roll door cabinets. Perhaps you can design a catwalk that has its own legs?
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:12 PM   #3
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Had few minutes to think of some other solutions for you while cleaning a rabbit cage. Most dogs are very reward oriented so you might find it useful to look into clicker training. The bullies can be notorious for their stubborn streak. You might find it helpful to work one-on-one with a professional. Does your dog like to play? Distract him with a favorite toy or game when too interested in the cat. Make sure he gets as much exercise as he can handle. As Angie from "Angie's List" says, "A tired dog is a good dog."
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:20 PM   #4
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Thanks so much for your reply! I'm beginning clicker training this weekend. I'm also looking into constructing a catwalk to go to the bulkhead. It's astonishing to see a normally lazy bones dog do a complete 180. I volunteer with a local rescue that has behaviorists on staff. I'm also going to pick their brains.
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Forgot to include my strategy introducing them: I've been doing slow introductions, They've been in separate rooms for the first week. I've brought personal items into each other's room for them to smell. They even eat on opposite sides of the door. A baby gate is up to separate the bedrooms and another to separate the bathroom/bedroom. The cat has high areas for safety that the Frenchie can't reach. One of the Frenchies is fine while the other is the one I'm having issues with. She has improved to where she will recall on the leash and even will settle down and eventually lay down in the room with the cat after a while, but she still shakes and gets riled up initially.

And to clarify, its the dog that shakes and whines, not the cat.
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Old 09-22-2016, 03:29 PM   #6
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You're welcome.

Don't know what it is about cats, but Terriers tend to get wound up too. If the dog has a favorite distraction, the time to deploy it might be during those initial meetings. Or use some of that clicker training with some basic obedience like sit and down. Anticipation of the following treat, associated with the cat's presence? It might work wonders. Might...
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Ya know, maybe it's just me, but I can think of a pretty obvious solution...

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I've simply avoided the issue. No cats....


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I, too, have avoided the issue.
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Put your animals in a wire crate separating them while traveling.
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I wound up with a kitten (hitched a ride at approximately 4 weeks old (he was abandoned) on my spare truck tire from work to home (9 miles in the pouring rain). I have a boxer and was babysitting a pitbull. I did not let them interact at all as the pitbull did not like cats. Anyway, I decided to keep Hitch (the cat, appropriatley named) and once the pitbull was gone I slowly introduced the boxer and cat. They get along perfectly and have a great time playing together and quite comical. Note: I trained the cat on a leash and running chain. He's really quite something else. I'm bragging but letting you know with a little work and patience anything can work out. Good luck.
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Get rid of the kitten. Simple solution
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I wound up with a kitten (hitched a ride at approximately 4 weeks old (he was abandoned) on my spare truck tire from work to home (9 miles in the pouring rain). I have a boxer and was babysitting a pitbull. I did not let them interact at all as the pitbull did not like cats. Anyway, I decided to keep Hitch (the cat, appropriatley named) and once the pitbull was gone I slowly introduced the boxer and cat. They get along perfectly and have a great time playing together and quite comical. Note: I trained the cat on a leash and running chain. He's really quite something else. I'm bragging but letting you know with a little work and patience anything can work out. Good luck.
yep, its the cat that finds you
I am impressed ! Our cat, if we put her harness on her and she would act like it weighed 30 pounds and just moved slowly, very low to the ground.
Non -cooperative. We made her wear it in the truck while we traveled. LOL We have a soft sided crate, it is a folding crate, 'Jeep' brand green and black with screens, pretty good size. When we have campfire, she would lay in the crate relaxing and watching, on the picnic table or sit on our lap until 'sensory overload ' from all the sounds in the forest, then it was back to the crate, LOL.

Love camping with animals, We had a retired racing greyhound that adopted us. She was the best. She liked the cats in the house that were with her. If they were outside, it was 'Game On' ! LOL

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