Cat and Horse Pictures

I have a soft spot for cat and horse pictures, so here are some more. One aspect of them that I like is the size difference and how the cat deals with that potential obstacle. It means climbing a fence post or sitting on top of the horse. Those are the usual techniques. Cats and horses have a long history of getting along. Racing stables sometimes employing cats to keep their horses more content. The most famous racehorse to have a cat friend was Godolphin.

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It is a very dignified and, it seems, silent companionship. I think it is an undemanding relationship, too. The cat wanders up to the field jumps up on the gate post and the horse saunters up. They have a little cuddle and go on their way. Very simple and undemonstrative. I like that.

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The above picture is the sort of interaction I would expect between a stabled horse and barn/stable cat. It seems the cat gets some warmth as well as companionship.

I really love the picture below. The huge head of the horse dwarfs the cat. The cat seems vulnerable but you know he is completely safe in the company of this charming horse.

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The picture below is a cracker. The size difference is emphasized in this classic horse and cat picture.

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Horses seem to completely accept a cat perched on their back. Perhaps all horses don’t. It is probably a personal preference. Perhaps, also, these horses are used to having people ride them and are therefore used to having an animal on their back.

Size difference is clearly no barrier to a good inter-species relationship. However, I would have thought that the cat would need to be confident enough to not feel intimidated by the size of a horse.

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Cat and Horse Pictures — 9 Comments

  1. Amazing , unbelievable photos, definitely not “Photoshopped”. I never knew that cats and horses got along this well. I know that horses are scared of dogs having witnessed the same at the Mahalaxmi race-course in Mumbai.Horses have bolted during their morning workouts due to a stray dog barking at them.Never ever saw a cat taking such liberties with a horse and i presumed that cats always avoided large animals.

  2. When I was a boy, I’d make the long trek (about a km, along way for me) to my friends ranch and I’d keep him company as he fed the cattle, horses, etc. I remember more than one barn cat sleeping on top of a horse in the stalls. There was one cat that stayed on as the horse wandered the corral. The thought of that cat up there making claim of the horse as his own tickled me.

  3. They are lovely photos and show that the different species of the animal kingdom can get along well, they understand each other much more than we understand them.
    At our old home we were by a field of cows and our late mother’s cat ‘Kitty’ would sit on the fence and they would come to her and she’d gently head butt them, it was amazing, I wish I had some photos from then.

  4. So beautiful. This is one of the loveliest inter species relationships. Both the cat and the horse are such graceful animals. You can see the understanding and trust is undeniable.

    Thank you for these beautiful pictures.

  5. The cat must try to jump up there without too much use of claws! It’s beautiful. I think both cats and horses and pretty clever and emotionally intelligent animals so it doesn’t suprise me that they seem to get along. Cats do good with deer too. The big gentle herbivores. I remember Lilly back in slovenia in the countryside when she was not even a year old creeping up to this giant cow really slow. The cow was watching her. It was amazing – then she creeped back. I got it all on video too.

    Michael have you ever seen the cat/dolphin video? If you search cat + dolphin on youtube you will find it and be amazed I think. Cats have a way of making friends with animals. The animals can really sense the peaceful intentions I guess and it probably all is just a bit of curiosity to start off with before the friendship and cuddling starts.

  6. Hi Michael, Love the pix.

    btw, I did a post at tka that had pictures of the same cat horse pair that you start with. It has a bit of the story to go along with it- looks like it’s from the National Enquirer or such. Loved the title- “Love thy Neigh-purr! Hope you don’t mind me giving links to tka, but after all, it is a subdomain POC 😉

    http://teh-kitteh-antidote-anecdote.pictures-of-cats.org/2009/03/more-cats-and-horses-interspecies-love.html

    • Thanks Valley girl. Wonderful link, to link, to link. Watching these is very relaxing to me. It is so easy to see the spirit shared by the cat and horse. It is a lovely sight. Very moving. Thanks to you both.

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