I just wish dog owners would stop humanizing their potentially harmful animals. My mom has a Shih Tzu that she completely treats like a precious child that can do no wrong for about 5 years now. Over the years the dog gets subtly but steadily more aggressive towards my cats and my mom even supports it by saying "she's just protecting the room, good job dog name
" when she
sometimes chases them out of the living room. Our cats were with us years before she had to get the dog. For that reason (and because my mom used to own my cats too before she replaced them with the dog as "main pet") my cats try to sneak in anyway sometimes but watch the dog closely as it could chase them away in any minute. But instead of teaching the dog to calm the fuck down, she blames the cats because they are staring at it. There have been several incidents where the dog chased/attacked the cats because they were too close when the dog got treats/food, or when one cat was just playing with a shoe or when my mom just happened to use the same voice she uses when scolding the cats. It already snapped at my cats twice, one of it about 2 weeks ago where it actually managed to get so close there was saliva in my cats fur. My mum was shocked too but then quickly played it off with "you're overreacting, she was just pretending, my poor baby got bitten once that's why she's so aggressive, it's the cats fault for being one fucking room away from where she gets a special treat, my dog would never etc etc" and then she deflected by carefully inspecting the dog because she thought/pretended it got scratched, literally saying "i swear, if it scratched their eye..".
Now about a week ago, it started to bark and jump around my cat like it does with its toys and my mom reacted with "aww it wants to play with the cat". When I told her dogs also do this with their hunting prey and asked her to stop her dog next time, she got mad and of course accused me of overreacting/being overprotective again.
Since she got the dog I tried to teach it very clear to leave the cats alone and it works when I'm there to interfere as soon as I see signs of aggression but I can't do it all alone, my mom is still her owner (even though her dog sees me as some kind of protector, since it always rushes to me when in fear).
Sorry for the vent, but I just don't know what else to do and I'm afraid what might happen when I'm not there. The earliest I can move out is by the end of the year.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.