Do owls and cats get along?

Do owls and cats get along? The answer has to be a qualified yes, but only under certain specific circumstances. On the internet, I have seen several owls who have had domestic cats as friends. They seem to go together nicely. Clearly they have to grow up together (be socialised one to the other) and when they do the the sort of friendship that follows might be something like the one below:

There is a natural barrier to the friendship: the owl’s beak! “It is designed specifically for gripping and tearing prey. The crushing power of the bill is usually used to kill prey once captured” (World of Owls). How does an owl play with a cat?

They are playing in the video or trying to but the cat is finding it a little uncomfortable it seems because he is being nipped by the crushing beak! I was going to say that owls are smart but my research indicates that they are not. I also believed that owls were relatively easy to tame and domesticate but they are not according to more research! So why am I seeing owls playing with domestic cats on the internet?

Here is another example:

The quest for friendship: black cat plays with airborne owl

Clearly there are a number of cat owners, probably living in the country, who have raised a baby owl and in doing so socialised their cat to get along with their owl. The back story to the video must be something like along those lines.

There are many pages on this site on interspecies friendships (including of course the cat-to-human) with one of them being the domestic cat.

There will be restrictions in many countries on keeping an owl as a pet. People should be aware of that.

If you asked yourself, ‘Do owls and cats get along?‘ you might have thought it almost impossible but it not that unusual based on my research.

Do owls eat cats? Yes, is the answer but they are large owls (please click on the link below):

Do Owls Eat Cats?

Please search using the search box at the top of the site. You are bound to find what you are looking for.

1 thought on “Do owls and cats get along?”

  1. I wonder if it has something to do with the similar facial layout of owls and cats. As predators, both have forward facing eyes. many owls have feather patterns that seem tabbyish too.

    The owl is being quite gentle, I love the way he cautiously puts out his foot to touch the cat. Those talons could do some serious damage.

    The owl is being inquisitive with his/her beak too, rather than aggressive. Sort of air pecking, a bit like dogs do playfully air bite, and cats air ‘whap’ with their paws.

    In our home we say a cat is being ‘owlish’ if they have an intent forward facing stare, usually when eyeing up an interesting toy or an ‘illegal’ potential snack to snatch.

    The owlish look happens during cat to cat play too.

    When they get along, when one has been introduced as a youngster, it surely must be imprinting at work?


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