I have a mutt dog, Chloe, and two Siamese Cats. The female Siamese, Mei Yu, tolerates Chloe. But the male, Chang, is terrified of her, and over the years, the two have become arch enemies.
Chang hangs out in my bedroom...thinks he's king of the water bed. If Chloe happens to wander in to see me, you should hear that cat growl...that's HIS turf.
But every now and then, Chang has to venture out into enemy territory to eat and use the litterbox. Chloe is usually asleep at my feet, and he can sneak out to do his business. But if Chloe spots him, she's on him like ugly on an ape.
Thing is, we have a tile floor in our whole living area. When the cat and dog try to play chase, they tend to loose traction on the tile floor, and it's like a cartoon animation, watching them running in the same place. Of course, eventually they both get going, and if Chang can't get to the bedroom door, he goes straight up...from the speaker, to the top of the pantry, and then to the balcony, which is a good 15 feet.
We get by with a little help from our friends