I am a new catster member and hurried to make my profile so I can post to this forum because I desperately need your cat help please and a google search led me to here.
I have a 4 year old dog who is socialized with cats, but isn't interested in them. She is a Jack Russell named Lucy. My cat, Julie, has been around her since she was a kitten.
Basically Julie(the cat) torments Lucy (the dog). It has gotten progressively worse until it's going on at 3:00 AM and I can not sleep. I am more concerned about Lucy however. Every night after Lucy settles down and goes to sleep, Julie will sneak in and jump on her or claw her. This causes Lucy to jump up and briefly chase her while barking/crying. It's to the point where Lucy will hide or worse she will start to whine and shivers.
It happens during the day too. Whenever Lucy is sleeping, Julie just sneaks up and usually jumps her.
If I close Julie in a room, she meows loudly nonstop. I would rather not do this, but Lucy's stress is a concern and if I have resort to locking Julie up I will.
Julie has her claws and demands a lot of attention which she usually gets, and I know this is a game to her, but I need to find a way to make this stop.
Both are welcome on my bed, and I prefer them to sleep there. If I close my bedroom door, Julie will stand outside of it meowing the whole night long which doesn't bother Lucy but then I can't sleep and other members of the house complain.
Is there a way to solve this without locking either up? I don't know how to approach this with training.