|Barked: Tue Dec 4, '12 2:45am PST |
|So I have a staffy called Zack. A few days ago I took him to my mums for a regular visit and let him into thier back garden to do his thing, but what I didn't know was that there was a cat sitting on the porch directly in front of the door. Of course, when I opened it the cat bolted and Zack chased it down and got hold of it. This was followed by lots of yelling and me diving on him trying to pull him off it. He had his jaws on the cat on three seperate bites, but none of them seemed to hold very well even though at two of those bites his jaws were around the cats middle and it looked like a pretty good hold. The cat got away, and I took Zack indoors.
(For the cat lovers out there - it was ok. I knew the owner, went and told her what had happened and told her I'd pay the vet bills, got a call half an hour later saying Smudge was back and he was ok apart from blood on the back of his neck. As far as I know he has not been to the vets, and this was a few days ago so I cant imagine the damage was bad at all.)
My question is this - was he really trying to kill it, since his bites did so little damage and he seemingly wasn't using his full jaw power? The thing with Zack is that he APPARENTLY lived with five cats at his previous home. This, coupled with the fact that on his walks if he sees a cat he cries, but if the cat BOLTS he cries a hell of a lot more and gets worked up. Could this just have been because the cat bolted?
The other reason why I'm asking is because Zack was attacked by a terrier, and when he managed to turn the tables and fight back the other dogs owner had to punch Zack in the face several times to make him let go - THAT was how strong his hold was. For the cat to have been able to keep getting free seems a little strange, especially since Zack had his jaws around it more than once and it's not like the cat injured Zack to make him let go - there wasn't even a scratch on him.
I dont know.. *sigh* Most of me sort of knows that, if I had not been there and the cat had not gotten away, he would have killed it. He was BITING it for Heavens sake. But a little part of me thinks that it was all just some prey-drive-excitement-territorial thing and that it isn't true I just don't want my dog to be a cat killer. I suppose that's most owners wishes, though, haha.
The entire thing was over in about 30 seconds. The scary thing is, there was no sound. NEITHER animal made any noise o_O' If I hadn't seen the cat I wouldn't have known it was happening, and the only reason my sister came crashing down stairs is because she heard my shouts. Creepy.
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