Cat bites, goat headbutts. They play in their own way.

This little video shows how each animal species have their own way to engage in play. This tiny, baby goat only knows how to headbutt if he wants to have fun with his cat companion while she employs typical cat play behaviour; the friendly, fun bite that can be too strong sometimes.

Goat and cat play in their own way. Screenshot.

It is a bit of a shame that the domestic cat has weapons to play with! The jaw is strong and the teeth quite sharp. The claws are damned sharp and both teeth and claws are used in play. The goat’s headbutt is far less painful when the goat is this size!

There are a few things about the domestic cat which get in the way of a friendly interspecies relationship. Both the goat and cat use weapons to play with. It is a bit odd that play has to have an underlying aggressivity. It does because at its core cat play is practicing hunting. And goat head butting is both a way to play and outside of play the headbutt is for fending off threats.

Both for the goat and cat, play is linked to real life aggressiveness for serious reasons.

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Michael Broad

Hi, I am 70-years-of-age at 2019. For 14 years before I retired at 57, I worked as a solicitor in general law specialising in family law. Before that I worked in a number of different jobs including professional photography. I have a longstanding girlfriend, Michelle. We like to walk in Richmond Park which is near my home because I love nature and the landscape (as well as cats and all animals).

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