It Can Be Accidental
Accidental injuries that occur during rough, physical play between dogs and cats can also be responsible for a doggie killing a kitty cat – This can explain why a pooch that seemingly got along fine with a kitty cat ends up killing it.
To tell if a dog killing a kitty cat accidentally happened during play, you should inspect the dead feline’s body for bites; The absence of bite marks may indicate that the killing was purely accidental. And while this method of inspection isn’t completely accurate, it can help guide you in making decisions concerning the future of a pooch that kills a cat.
In a household with multiple dogs, it isn’t unusual to witness fights break out among the pooches. And if a cat happens to be around while the dogs are fighting, it can mistakenly fall victim to a redirected bite arising from an increase in excitement levels of the pooches.
In the same vein, dogs in a fenced yard may get frustrated at being unable to catch an animal that got into their yard, and subsequently take out such frustration on the cat.
Natural Predatory Behavior
All dogs have a natural tendency to display predatory behavior, and a pooch may act on its natural prey drive to kill a cat.
Dogs are triggered by motion, and sudden movement from a kitty cat may instinctively kick in a canine’s natural predatory instincts; This, in turn, can lead to a doggie giving chase to, and killing a cat.
Other Reasons A Dog May Kill A Cat
Apart from the reasons outlined above, a dog killing a can also be as a result of:
- Stress due to changes in the canine’s environment.
- An underlying medical condition that increases aggression in the dog.
- Inadequate exercising and training.