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Earlier in the day our Lhasa apso came upon some week old kittens in our garage and killed one, only saw it much later didnt look mutilated but still, feel terrible about it, I have barricaded the enterence with stuff so he wont get in as the mother is there too and he basically is after her, is this normal behaviour for a dog towards kittens or other animal babies?
 

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Very sad but I think most dogs would kill kittens that small, if only accidentally. They look and squeak very much like mice. Dogs shouldn't be around kittens who are too small to defend themselves.

Does the mother cat belong to you?
 

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Wow.
I have 3 dogs, one of which loves kittens, absolutely 100%. I think it's because they're small, and they squeak and he can play with them without getting hurt.
The other is about 60 lbs and his best friend is a kitten. They groom each other and play and sleep together.
The other would kill and eat one if she got the chance. Therefore, I have given her no chance.

I would say it's normal for some dogs, yes. It's prey drive, but you really do need to make that the cats are completely 100% secure from this dog.
 

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For some dogs it is normal, even if it's just playing rough. It would upset me though, and if it were me, I would not allow my dog any access to the kittens at all. Is the cat yours? Can you bring mom and babies in to a closet or bathroom with a litterbox, bedding, and food/water? If they have to stay in the garage, I would keep your dog out of there completely. If the cat isn't yours and you just found them, I would call/email some local rescues and get some advise on how to help mom with the kittens, what she might need, etc.
 

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The cat is stray but usually hangs around my neighbours place with about ten other strays whom they feed, so its almost a pet, why she chose our place to bring her kittens here is strange, perhaps she felt they would be more at risk in the company of other cats, the kittens are fairly large could be two weeks old or more and they were not born in our garage for sure.

She has left and not returned she hasnt even had the bowl of milk I kept for her I wonder if all the kittens are dead cant hear any sound, infact dont even know how many there are, feeling uncomfortable to go and check, will do so during the day.

Thats really sad about the budgie.
 

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It's totally normal for a dog to kill smaller animals. Dogs are predators, smaller animals are prey. Kabota has, in 8 months, killed 4 mice, 2 birds and 2 rabbits. He's the nicest dog ever, as long as you are a human or another dog.
 

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So its a bit reassuring to know this happens, thought he had devloped a mean treak overnight, by the way this happened to him in regards to big dogs, he started hating them with a vengence after a Great dane just sniffed him over and that too after having done so two three times beforein a freindly gentle way, he just snapped right infront of me and unveiled a side of him I had never seen before, since then he becomes into a monster around big breeds.
 

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Please go check on the other kittens. If some are injured they may need a vet. (Even Animal Control would be better than letting them suffer if they are injured).
 

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Our hound Callie revealed her prey drive in a rather unfortunate way. My sister was walking her when suddenly she did a precision strike sideways and had grabbed a pigeon in her mouth. Vic yelled and Callie immediately dropped the pigeon who hobbled under a bush (probably not long for this world). Vic then looked across the street to where a toddler and her parents were gaping at her horrified at the "vicious" dog. Callie is a sweet gentle lovebug with humans, dogs and cats but lookout squirrels, ducks and birds! Its not at all indicative of her general temperament and its not really a problem, luckily she's not fast enough to catch anything thats not monumentally stupid or slow. Obviously we dont want anything killed by our dog so we just watch her... I suggest you just do the same.
 

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Please go check on the other kittens. If some are injured they may need a vet. (Even Animal Control would be better than letting them suffer if they are injured).
This. If they are alive, call around to some local rescues and see if you can get them in anywhere.
 

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It's normal and not a big deal from the dog's perspective. My sweet, trustworthy dog - wouldn't harm a baby lizard - will eagerly kill other prey, then come back and cuddle. No personality change... like us killing a cockroach ... just part of the package.
 

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It could be that the mother cat (rightly) deemed the garage an unsafe area and has moved her remaining kittens - hence the reason she didn't touch the milk.
 

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I'm extremely fortunate to have one dog with an extremely high maternal instincts, and another dog that will atleast listen to me when I tell them "NO", but I think this is normal for most dogs. It's the prey drive, and kittens are certainly deemed as prey :/
 

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Prey drive is normal, but can be crazy to watch! Especially when their prey drive is to go after something bigger than them! My yorkie likes to chase the chickens at my uncles ranch and they are almost three times her size lol. It is just instincts left over from their primal days :)

A single flurry flash from the corner of my yorkies eye and her prey drive is "activated" lol.
 

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It is normal.... I would not be surprised to see my dogs eat a kitten. It is what it is and I am not going to be upset or make excuses if my dogs kill a small animal in the yard.

We have three dogs, three cats... My dogs will curl up and sleep with their cats but would kill a cat that jumped the fence if I was not outside with them.
 

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Hallie lives with 3 cats, a rabbit, and lots of lizards. They all get along perfectly.

However, if one of the neighborhood's ferals wondered into our yard, Hallie would act viciously towards it. If we stumble upon a rabbit during a walk, Hallie goes into 'rabbit dog' mode and hunts it, but if she caught it she'd kill it.
 

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Personally, I'm still waiting to see if the OP comes back with news about the other kittens.
 

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There was only one kitten and did not survive from the very beginning, but the mother cat continued to sit beside it and defend it againt the dog even though he could not get to them due to the barricade, she came back to check up on the kitten off and on perhaps even looking for new locations to move it or so it seemed from her actions, the milk remained unconsumed no other cats came to lap it up either.
 
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