My cat Ruby is 10 years old, and was recently diagnosed with a rapid heart rate. Chloe loves to bother and annoy Ruby. At bedtime Chloe is in her crate, Ruby wvalks around and wants some Mama time. Ruby meows, Chloe barks. I am concerned that Ruby will get so worked up that she'll have a heart attack.

I am correcting Chloe with "no touch" when she tries to mouth Ruby. . My husband thinks I should put Chloe in her crate as a timeout when behaves this way.

Got any ideas?

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Comment by Chloe's parent Liz on October 10, 2009 at 10:50pm
I work at home so usually Chloe will chase Ruby under my desk. I think maybe I'll try the leash. Ruby does hiss and growl at Chloe, but it does not bother Chloe. Ruby came to me declawed so getting pawed is ineffective. I think it has to be who gets attention from Mama because sometimes I will both of them on the couch or bed.
Comment by Beth on October 10, 2009 at 8:52am
I do agree with what Bev said.

My cat is a hisser with the dogs, so when I brought in a new dog I took the dog on a leash and took her to the area where the cat was. The cat hissed, the dog's ears went back and she ran away. End of cat bothering. However, if your cat is not the type to take matters into her own, er, "paws" then you need to correct consistently, and also reward when the dog is quiet when seeing the cat.

Good luck, and I hope Ruby gives you many more happy years.
Comment by Bev Levy on October 10, 2009 at 8:40am
It is not a good idea to use the crate as a punishment. Can you block off the kitchen or another room for time outs? I had very elderly cats when I first got my corgis. I never allow chasing or bothering the cats. Izzy stops with a firm no but Sparty had to have a short leash attached so I could quickly grab him if he ignored me. It did not take long to end the behavior. I now have much younger cats and one of them likes a good game of chase now and then so if he starts it I allow it. If a dog starts it I stop it and they all seem to get it with no problem. Maybe one of you could play with Chloe while the other gives the attention to Ruby. Distraction usually works well but never allow unwanted attention to the cat. Good luck, I hope Ruby is OK.

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