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Cat pushed elderly dog down the stairs! Yes or no? — 4 Comments

  1. Here’s another question. Did the cat attack the dog because it was attacking her little boy or did the cat attack the dog because the dog was in her yard. I once had a cat that attacked any dog even if it was just walking passed our house. There are other video’s of cats protecting people from dog attacks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZa8FdYNw1o

    Online there are many video’s of cats attacking dogs but no video of cats killing a dogs. But many dogs are videoed killing cats.

    • This is a very well-known video. I have always interpreted this as the cat and dog having a close relationship, one that goes back to when the child was very young indeed (newborn). The cat relates to the child as offspring. And therefore, she defends the child from an attack by a dog. I think this cat behaviour goes to the way cats relate to people. We still don’t know exactly how they relate to people. But my view is that normally they treat their human caregiver as a surrogate mother but sometimes as their offspring. It is a slightly confused situation for a domestic cat. I don’t think the cat is protecting her territory in this instance. I’m not sure domestic cats actually protect territory from dogs because dogs don’t have home ranges and therefore there is no competition between cats and dogs over the tenure of a piece of land. Although, the cat you describe always attacked dogs that walk past your house. There are two possible reasons aren’t there? One is protecting their home range and the other is protecting the occupants or an occupant of the house. At the moment my feeling is that cats don’t protect home ranges from dogs and if that is correct your cat was protecting somebody in the home. Do you agree with that or disagree? 😉.

      • It could be she was protecting me because she was a neighborhood stray. I think her owners moved and left her behind. She became famous to dog owners and they never walked their dogs on our street, lol. The neighbors liked that cuz this was before people picked up the pooh. She accepted our dog but no other. 🙂

  2. Very well written Michael. I have 5 chihuahua’s and one big fat old 70 pound dog. The cats rarely interact with the chi’s but most of the cats rub, cuddle and sleep with the big dog Ellen. But Ellen just runs thru everyone without a care she knocks them down or steps on them, she is a very rude big dog, lol.

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