Cat or dog? Who is the boss in the house?

In a cat-and-dog household, who is the boss?

DW found this video for me. I laughed and then became more thoughtful about it. It is cute and amusing but it is not too good to have a dog that is a bit fearful of the house cat.

15 thoughts on “Cat or dog? Who is the boss in the house?”

  1. She would not attack the cat. She’s just exuberant and a little dim. She wants to play with the cat, but doesn’t understand that she’s so much bigger than he is. She gets the one room and goes outside and the cat gets the run of the house. I do like and understand cats more than dogs, so I feel that when the cat gets agitated and runs away, seeing the situation through his eyes is a bit easier. I do try to be fair and only scold her when she was the thing that scared him (as opposed to one of us or one of the many other things he’s afraid of

  2. I have a timid tabby cat and alaskan malamute dog (think husky on steroids). They are able to coexist because the dog is kept in one room with a baby gate. The cat can come and go whenever he wants to and sometimes steals some water! Whenever the dog charges the cat, we scold her. These two things help keep the cat safe.

    • It’s so nice to read of a home where the cat isn’t a second class citizen to the dog 🙂
      Happy Christmas Alyson K

    • Well done in finding an nice arrangement. Would your husky attack your cat or is just he is too strong and outgoing and might upset your cat? Happy Christmas Alyson.

  3. I think most of the dogs are puppies or puppy-ish and have, probably, experienced a “cat strike” once or twice.
    Because of size difference, I think it’s necessary for a cat to set his/her boundaries.
    They will co-exist in a household once they each “set the rules”.


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