If your husky won’t leave your cat alone you might be wondering why and what you can do about it.
This post will show you a number of possible reasons why it does it and what you can do about it.
So, why is my husky obsessed with my cat? Possible reasons are that it is due to its strong prey drive, it’s jealous, it’s being dominating or that it is just playing when it does it.
There are a number of things to consider when trying to figure out why your husky is obsessed with your cat. Depending on the cause, there are also a number of things that you can and should do about it.
Why your husky is obsessed with your cat
Each of the different reasons that your husky is obsessed with your cat will likely come with some clues.
Below are a number of possible reasons that it will not leave it alone and what would make them more likely.
It has a strong prey drive
Huskies are a breed that is known for having a strong prey drive. This means that they have it in their nature to chase after small things like cats, rabbits and even small dogs. This could be the reason that it is obsessed with your cat.
They have actually been known to kill small animals, so it would be important to separate your husky and your cat until you are sure that it is well trained enough to be around it. More will be discussed on how you can train it below.
It is jealous
The reason that it is obsessed with it could also be that it is jealous of your cat. This would be more likely if it becomes more obsessed with it when you have been giving your cat more attention and if you have not been giving your husky as much attention lately.
In this case, it would help to give your husky attention throughout the day in the form of training, exercise and by playing with it. However, it would be important not to reward it when it becomes obsessed with your cat by giving it more attention when it does it.
It is being dominating
The reason that it does it might be that it is being dominating. This would be especially likely if it does it in situations such as when they are eating. It would help to feed your husky and your cat separately since it is a lot more likely that it would become aggressive towards your cat when it is eating.
It is just playing
It could be the case that your husky is just playing when it does it. This would be more likely if it does not become obsessed with it in an aggressive way.
However, even if it is just playing, it will still be helpful to train your husky not to do be obsessed with it using the tips below.
Things to consider
Below are some things that you can consider to help figure out why your husky has been doing it.
When your husky became obsessed with your cat
It would help to consider the timing of when your husky became obsessed with your cat since it might be the case that an even triggered it to start doing it.
If your husky became obsessed with your cat suddenly, it would make it more likely to be due to things such as jealousy especially if it started doing it when you gave your cat more attention.
However, it could also be that your husky is being dominant if your cat has been doing things like sleep where your husky normally does.
The times that it is obsessed with your cat
The timing of when your husky becomes obsessed with the cat would also be something to consider.
If your husky becomes obsessed when they are eating, it would make it more likely that your husky is resource guarding and it would help to feed them separately.
Whereas, if it always does it, the cause could be that it is jealous, it is due to having a strong prey drive or that it is just playing.
The age of your husky
If your husky is still a puppy, it would make it more likely that it has not learned to leave your cat alone yet. If it is a puppy, it will be very helpful to take the time now to train it to behave the way that you want it to so that it is well behaved as an adult.
If your husky is older, it would be more likely to be due to a combination of having a strong prey drive, jealousy and being dominant.
How to stop your husky from being obsessed with your cat
Below are some things that you can do to get your husky to stop bothering your cat.
Since huskies have been known to become aggressive towards cats, it would help to separate them whenever possible. This would be especially important when you are feeding them. By doing so you will be able to minimize the risk of something bad happening.
Train it to be nice to the cat
To train your husky to leave it alone you’ll do it in three stages. First, you’ll teach it to stay, then to stay while it’s being distracted and
I have written about how to train your husky to stay and how to do it when being distracted in the past here.
After you have trained it to stay while being distracted it will be time to slowly introduce the cat.
You’ll do this by telling your husky to stay and then start by just putting the cat in the same room.
Then after your husky maintains its attention on you, you’ll reward it for doing so. You’ll repeat this process where you get your husky to stay with the cat in the same room until you’re able to get it to keep its attention on you easily.
Once it’s good at doing that, you’ll continue to tell it to stay but you’ll reduce the amount of distance between your husky and your cat until you’re able to get your husky to keep
Watch the video below to see how it is done.
Train it consistently
When training your husky it is important to be consistent with the training. It is unlikely that you will be able to achieve drastic results with just one training session. However, if you are consistent with the training, you will be able to achieve better results over the course of weeks and months.