Just like any dog, Huskies will not appreciate other animals snooping around their food when they are eating. Your Siberian husky might not mind your cat, but they will mind having their food stolen. Make sure that you teach both animals to eat their own food and not to bother one another while they are eating.
You can put the cat food up high so that your Siberian husky does not mistake this food for their own. Having the cat food up high will also eliminate instances where the cat is underfoot when your Siberian Husky is eating.
Food-related aggression is common among all kinds of animals, and your cat might even exhibit this behavior! Nipping this kind of behavior in the bud on the part of both your Siberian Husky and your cat will help keep the peace in your home.
This skill can be very beneficial in other contexts, as well as when you are trying to prevent your dog from chasing your cat. Recall training is very useful for Siberian Huskies because they tend to be runners. It is not an uncommon story to hear about the family Siberian Husky who has run away into the woods not to be seen for a week,
Recall training makes this an easy behavior to limit or halt altogether, and you can use this same skill to break your dog’s focus when they want to chase your cat. To teach your dog to have excellent recall, make sure that you are armed with treats and then take the time to come up with a cue that you want to use for their recall word.
You do not want this to be their name because they will hear their own name in so many other contexts all day long. You want the recall word to be something that you do not use for any other purpose during your daily interactions with your dog.
Once you have selected a word that will not be used for any other interaction with your dog, you will need to reinforce this command with treat training. You will just need to go to a large space where you will be free of distractions and throw a toy for your dog.
When your dog starts to play fetch, call it back with the command and then reward it with a treat. Use this skill over and over until your dog learns that they need to come to you right away when you use the command. This skill will come in handy the next time that your dog goes after your cat or even the next time that your Husky gets off its leash.
Consider Getting Help From a Professional Dog Trainer
If you are still feeling overwhelmed trying to make your Husky live happily with your cat, you can always get the help of a trainer to teach you additional skills to take care of this unwanted behavior.
A qualified dog trainer can be a helpful resource and can teach you other coping methods to convince your Husky not to bother your cat or other animals that run when it is around. Check out this great video that goes over some of the training techniques that can be used to help teach your Husky not to chase your cats.
Dog trainers are always willing to work with you as often or as seldom as you prefer, and you might find that you only need a few lessons to learn the best ways to keep your Husky from bothering your cat. The dog trainer may have some suggestions about making your home friendly to both your cat and your dog, even if they need to live in close proximity.
Make Sure Your Cat Can Get to a Safe Space
During the first month or so that your Husky is learning about your cats, make sure that they have an escape route to hide from the dog. This can be somewhere up high or in a separate room divided from the rest of the house by a cat door.
It is important to make sure that your cats are aware that this space exists so that they take advantage of it in their times of need. Having two animals in close proximity is all about making safe spaces for each of them.