Beware the slipper
Our dear dog Spirit (CKC Champ Arctic Ice Wolfwalker’s Spirit Bear) lived in a kennel for most of her 5 1/2 years before we adopted her. She was socialized with dogs but not with other animals. When Spirit moved in, the Turkish Van cat, Ella Bella, decided life was too dangerous abovestairs and set up her quarters in the cellar. She has food and water bowls there and her litter box. Now, Ella and the late yellow Lab Taffy got along fine. They could share a sofa. The first thing Ella did when she met Taffy was to scratch the dog’s nose. But Spirit stares intently at Ella and would probably chase if the cat ran.
Spirit needs socialization lessons, so Doug brings the cat upstairs for sessions. Spirit paces around, the cat hisses and growls, and usually tucks her head under Doug’s arm. If Spirit comes close, Doug waves his slipper at her. This procedure is not going well. Neither cat nor dog seems to be learning to tolerate each other. Spirit remains excited at the sight of the cat and doesn’t seem to understand hisses and growls mean hostility. The cat isn’t confronting the dog with claws. We are probably at an impasse. No detente.