Pup Tails: House Cat Plots Revenge on Attention Commanding Pup

Hugo

Randy and Jasmine Sullivan always wanted a dog in their life, but they weren’t home often enough to care for one. Seven years ago, they resolved the issue by adopting a family cat, Hugo, who would require less maintenance. Now that they are at a point in their life where they spend more time at home, they decided to adopt Lambo, a rescue puppy. The Sullivans are dazzled by their new pup, but Hugo is not so welcoming.

During the first few weeks of Lambo’s adoption, the Sullivans devoted all of their attention to the puppy. They took him for walks, they invited people over to see him, and they played with him constantly. Hugo sat aside and watched his family abandon him to waste away in his litterbox alone. Hugo’s sadness quickly turned to rage as he went day after day without so much as a head scratch.

Hugo’s revenge plot began when he deliberately tore Lambo’s new bed to shreds, leaving the remains scattered all over the living room floor. When he was sent to a separate room for timeout, he meowed loudly in protest for hours. “We think Hugo might be afraid of the dog, he is desperately trying to claim territory and destroying things. We’re trying to make sure they spend time together and get used to each other.” Randy Sullivan admitted.

Hugo, however, is not afraid of the small dog in the slightest bit. He instead is trying to defame Lambo’s character so that the Sullivans will return him to the pound. While the Sullivans were away, Hugo freed Lambo from his crate and peed all over the kitchen floor. While the Sullivans were not happy with the mess, it did not change their opinion of Lambo. “He’s just getting used to the house, he’ll be potty trained in no time.” Jasmine Sullivan said casually.

While Hugo’s plot has not been successful yet, he shows no signs of giving up. He sits around every corner waiting for the right moment to send Lambo running away with his tail between his legs.

Cats and Dogs: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

According to the Humane Society, more than 83 million people owned dogs in the U.S. in 2012. More than 95 million owned cats, and many owned both. If you can’t choose a side in the cat vs. dog battle, you will have to find ways to control your household and keep the peace. Thankfully, there are reliable ways to control behaviors and products that keep smaller animals safe from aggressive or overexcited roommates.

Give Animals Their Own Space

Animals who are frightened, shy or even just uninterested in others need a place to go that is just theirs. For dogs, this place is typically on the ground. Some dogs will ignore items like doggy beds, but many dogs can benefit from an open crate or indoor doghouse. Dog and pet expert Sarah Wilson suggests giving cats a place high above the room. You can do this by providing cat trees and cat shelves. You can even just keep tall areas, such as on top of your entertainment center, clear and accessible.

Use Pet Containment Areas/Electronic Doors

Using electric or magnetic technology, pet door makers have been able to manufacture pet doors that only work for certain animals. What you do is attach a “key” to the collar of the animal(s) who are allowed use of the door and the door will only open when that key is in range. This allows your dog to go outside without worry that the cat will get out. You can give your cat privacy in a litter box shelter that the dog won’t be interested in.

Spay and Neuter Your Animals

Dogs and cats who are not spayed or neutered are more excitable. According to the American Humane Association, animals who are not neutered can be aggressive. They can also hump and generally annoy other animals in the house. Your animals will be less frustrated and aggressive once they are spayed or neutered.

Keep Other Animals Away During High-Stress Times

If you have a sick or angry animal, do not let other animals around unless they are a comfort to your ailing pet. Animals can take out their frustrations on each other, so you can wind up with fights over something like bath time. This also goes for situations like heats and birth. Keep your pets effectively separated using gates or doors until the situation resolves.

Train Dogs Well

There is no denying that cats instigate fights with dogs. However, dogs are easier to train and distract in aggressive situations. Therefore, training your dog well is one of the best ways you can keep the peace in a dog and cat household. A dog who will come to you on command is a dog who will pay no attention to the cat. Even if the cat is the aggressor, a dog can be easily trained to diffuse the fight.

Family Reunited with Black Lab 7 Years After Fire

A dog who vanished during the 2007 San Diego firestorm has been reunited with his family after nearly 7 years.

John Hartman and his family not only lost their home in the devastating fire that burned half a million acres of land, but they lost their black Labrador retriever named Buddy, too.  Soon after, they packed up and headed to Oklahoma.

But during a recent trip to San Diego to visit their son, the Hartmans received a call they never expected. On the other end of the line was the Department of Animal Services–calling to tell them their beloved Buddy had been found. It was all thanks to a microchip that was planted in his neck two years prior to the fires.

The Hartmans had never given up hope that buddy came back to them. “I was pretty shocked,” Hartman told Fox 5 San Diego. “When we finally got to see him he looked the same. Somebody really took care of him.” According to Hartman, Buddy came to him the moment he called his name.