Pet Advice from Experts
Jennifer Shryock is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant who specializes in safety between children and dogs.
Kathie is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).
There was a story in the news about an enraged 22-pound Himalayan cat who went on a rampage and forced a family (including their dog) to retreat into a bedroom until police came. Are Himalayans prone to that kind of behavior? How could the situation have been handled differently?
This is not a breed-specific behavior. From what I understand, the infant pulled Luxs tail and the cat responded by scratching the child. The fathers reaction of kicking the cat further escalated the behavior.
The first step is to keep this type of situation from occurring. Although it can be difficult, infants need to be closely supervised when they are around animals. Little ones should be...
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