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Jenna Stregowski is a registered veterinary technician with a lifelong love for animals and a concern for their well-being. She currently works for Georgia Veterinary Specialists, a referral and emergency hospital in Atlanta, and is also the Dogs Guide for About.com, a site designed to educate current and potential dog owners about responsible ownership, dog health, dog training, and more.
Nicole Wilde is a Los Angeles–based Certified Pet Dog Trainer specializing in behavior issues, and is the owner of Gentle Guidance Dog Training and the author of several books, including Help for Your Fearful Dog.
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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