Mythbuster #7 Dogs Hate Cats and Vice Versa
This is a well known fact – Dogs hate cats and cats hate dogs – right? The animosity between the two species is well-documented through the ages in books, movies, cartoons and maybe even in your daily life. But is it true?
Of course not – if it was true how do explain this:
But all that snuggling and playfulness aside, there is a some truth to the potential adversarial nature of the relationship between cats and dogs. It’s all in how the first introductions are carried out.
Dogs and cats have very different interpersonal styles. Dogs will go bounding up new newcomers, happily wagging their tail as a sign of greeting. To a cat a wagging tail is a sign of anger or displeasure. A dog will want to sniff the hind end of the cat – a dog’s natural way of introducing themselves, but a cat will not want that and may run off or even attack the dog for attempting it – not a very good start. If the cat runs off, the dog’s natural prey instinct will frequently kick in and they’re off after the cat in a game of chase. And the introduction is off to bad start and may never recover.
If a puppy and kitten are brought up together, they know each other very well from the beginning and they usually coexist just fine – and may even grow into a friendship as seen in our videos. They may even plot and scheme some mischief together like these two:
If a cat is brought into a home with a dog already established (or vice versa) it should be done with some care and forethought.
Some additional readings:
Introducing Dogs to Cats
Introducing your new Cat to your Dog
Introducing Dogs or Puppies into Homes with Cats (Video)
I know many of you have both cats & dogs – tell us about their interaction. Friends? or Foes? Mischief Makers or placid roommates?