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Why don’t dogs like cats?  — 6 Comments

  1. I think the personality of the individual animals involved plays a big part in whether cats and dogs become friends. Sociable characters are more likely to be accepting of other animals, especially if their personalities are compatible.

    I once adopted sibling kittens who never really got along as they matured. However the male kitten became best friends with our Boxer dog and they enjoyed playing together. The female kitten preferred my company to that of her brother or the dog and had very little to do with either of them.

    Cats and dogs don’t share the same body language, which is probably another cause of misunderstandings until they get to know each other better. (Dogs raise a paw to invite play, but cats do this as a warning threat.)

    • This is a smart observation that I never considered:
      “(Dogs raise a paw to invite play, but cats do this as a warning threat.)” but it certainly makes sense.

      • Tail wagging also means different things to cats and dogs. A friendly dog might be misinterpreted by a cat as being hostile. The longer they know each other, the more they begin to understand each other’s signals.

        When you get the right mix of personalities, some really amazing friendships develop between cats and dogs.

    • Agreed about socialisation between cats and dogs. Some kittens won’t be amenable to the process or as amenable as another kitten. I think I’ll add a line on this. Thanks Michele.

  2. My adult orange tabby cat Bandit was totally adored by our German Shepherd puppy, Dana. Unfortunately, Bandit despised Dana. He always ran and hid when Dana came into the same room. Dana was obviously happy to see him, but Bandit wasn’t having any of that. He would dive underneath the nearest bed, which was a pretty good escape route against sticky fingered little kids, but not much use against an active, wriggly puppy. Underneath the bed Bandit would crouch in the corner, glaring at the dog and obviously hoping he’d go away. Dana never made an aggressive move towards the cat and laid there on his stomach staring at him like a kid watching Saturday morning cartoons.

    Came the day Dana grew too big to fit underneath the bed. He barked and growled and bit the bed frame, as if he thought it was deliberately keeping him from joining his friend under the bed. From then on Dana seemed sad and he couldn’t understand why things changed like that. Dana was the most cat-like dog we ever had. He used his forepaws just like a cat to bat objects around.

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