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Clear cut case of domestic cat protecting a baby — 5 Comments

  1. Whilst protection behavior is fairly common in dogs (a pack animal), I still think you are reading something into this that is actually not there, I believe cats attack movement and are not protective of humans. As for the cat attacking the dog in “that video of the cat chasing off the dog who attacked the little boy” it was more of the same.
    Just my views, but I respect yours and wish I could believe them.

  2. I wondered about this activity on the dad’s part, and how that would affect his relationship with the cat, and even with the child.

    I had never seen a cat defend a person until that video of the cat chasing off the dog who attacked the little boy in the family.

    It’s more likely that a cat would defend a baby or young child, than an adult. I wonder about this.

    • “It’s more likely that a cat would defend a baby or young child, than an adult. I wonder about this.”

      So is it more likely for a cat to attack an adult rather than a child?

      Nice idea but I don’t think it works that way, I think the cat was simply attacking a patting hand, it would have been the same if the baby wasn’t in the rocker and the man was smacking the chair.

      • I am not sure you are correct. I believe that domestic cats are more likely to defend a baby. If this is true it is probably due to size similarities and the natural maternal instinct. Female cats help raise the young of other females in colonies. Also I don’t think this means a cat is more likely to attack an adult. A cat has attacked a dog in the past when attacking a child.

        Also I don’t believe this cat was simply attacking a patting hand. All the evidence points to the cat believing the hand was attacking the baby. That is a common sense assessment. I cannot envisage this cat attacking the man’s hand if he was slapping a chair or a table with no baby in sight.

    • had never seen a cat defend a person until that video of the cat chasing off the dog who attacked the little boy in the family.

      I am the same. To me (without being sentimental or anthropomorphizing cats) I am convinced that domestic cats do protect babies under certain circumstances. Based on 8 years of studying cats πŸ˜‰ . I don’t expect all domestic cats to do it but there is certainly a connection between baby and cat in many households which is more than the eye can see.

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