Gabby, Maya, and I are staying at my parents house while I wait for my in-laws to find a house by where my husband is working. After they find a house, we’re going to move in with them until we can get our own place (as soon as possible!). My parents have Sunny and three cats. Gabby made me a little nervous with my grandma’s cat because she would stare at him constantly. The first night home, she started to chase him, which made me worry that she might try to hurt him. I wanted to try Gabby with my mom’s cats very carefully.
I’ve been working slowly to make sure that Gabby is going to be okay with my mom’s cats. The oldest cat, Gracie, isn’t really a problem because she just stays up out of sight most of the time. Charlie, the kitten, loves dogs and wants to be around Gabby all the time. The last cat, Izzie, doesn’t like Gabby at all.
I was worried that Charlie would be the problem because he doesn’t seem to understand that not all dogs will be nice to him. I worried that Gabby would try to play with him and trample him or something. As it turns out, Gabby and Charlie are great together. The only problem is that I sometimes have to tell her to stop when she tries to play too rough.
Izzie is the only cat that Gabby has issues with. She hisses anytime that Gabby is anywhere near her, which makes Gabby want to play with her. Sometimes, when Izzie is behind the love-seat, Gabby will lay in front of it and just stare underneath. It’s the opposite of what I’ve seen with other dogs. If the cats hiss at Maya, she backs away from them, but Gabby seems more interested in them when they hiss at her.
Gabby’s behavior doesn’t seem aggressive at all; if anything she seems to want all of the animals to love her. It’s like if they hiss or growl at her, she has to see what’s wrong with them. This could become a problem, but so far everything’s going okay. She just needs to be worked with a little more.