|Barked: Wed Dec 5, '12 9:12am PST |
|I know the temptation is so strong, to want to view our dogs as these inherently gentle creatures, incapable of actually killing another animal. But that thinking is dangerous. As was mentioned, there's nothing "wrong" with a dog who has a strong prey drive. Just because he may want to kill a cat, he could still be the sweetest boy around people.
AND a dog is most definitely capable of living quite peacefully with feline members of his own household, while looking to attack those he encounters outside the home. My own dog was sweet as pie to a cat who lived with us for a couple of months. She would even roll on her back in front of the cat, seeking a peaceful truce. But when she sees one outside, especially when they run, she's all over that!
I would accept that Zack may just be too excited around strange cats, and take appropriate measures to keep him from getting to them. Don't feel bad that your dog is a dog. He's only doing what he views as completely normal.
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