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31 Jan 2006

my yorkie grows up and causes problems with my cat
I have a one year old yorkie male, who has suddenly started chasing my 7 year old GIGANTIC, neutered male cat. He is only half the size of the cat, but the cat is a gentle giant and now spends most of the time on the roof. As I have no plans to breed the Yorkie, would it be a simple solution to neuter him or is there another way I can sort this out. I have another cat the mom of the big boy, but she just hisses at the yorkie so he doesnt go near her.
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01 Jan 0001

Hi Annemarie

Yes, for safety sake, I would suggest you neuter your male yorkie. It will also stop him marking territory if he suddenly decides to urinate in the house.
You could also stop your yorkie from chasing the cat with another method. You can use a water pistol, bunch of keys, tin with coins/stones in. The trick is that the dog does not see the "discipline" coming from you. It has to be a startle responce. Each time your yorkie chases the cat, something falls from the sky or makes a loud noise. This will make him believe that chasing the cat is what causes these things to happen. No eye, verbal or physical contact from your side. If he sees you doing it, he will just chase the cat when you are not arround. It works like a bomb.

Good luck
Animal Behaviourist
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