Dogs love cats?
3 May 08
Sometimes they do. I know someone who had a cat and then they bought a new puppy, and the cat immediately took a shine to the little dog and raised it as her own. It was so sweet to see them together. I'm not sure if she actually thought it was a baby cat but she was so gentle with him. Even when the dog grew bigger than the cat she still continued the mothering role.
3 May 08
Yes, it was a really unusual and sweet situation, although I have heard reports of other animals 'adopting' animals different from themselves. The most unusual one I've heard about was on a wildlife programme where a lioness formed a close friendship with a young deer (which would usually be its prey!), and protected it from the other lions!
2 May 08
2 of dogs grew up with cats so they are fine with them! but i also have a greyhound which cant be around cats!! there would be BIG fights i just think its how they are brought up! all dogs will act differently around cats but it can be funny to watch them play together!
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3 May 08
my dog, a beagle, spends most of the daytime outside on a lead in the backyard.. there has been a wild kitty prowling out there for years.. and theyve become such wonderful loving friends its amazing. he shares his food wth her.. they cuddle up on the old loveseat i put out there for him to lounge on.. and when theyre apart from each other due to bad weather or whatevers.. she cries outside the window for him, and he goes nuts inside trying to get out to her. he gets along fine with my indoor kitties as well.. altho the yongest addition and he have squabbles over somethings, its usually the kitten terrorizing the dog.. hes never laid even so much as a paw on her in retaliation. animals arent much different than people are.. and once they get acquainted.. the weirdest mix of friends can and does occur.
3 May 08
That is a lovely tale of togetherness. My dog too never laid a paw on the cat. So often, the dog would lovely bend his head to reach the cat and the latter would just give him a neat rap on his face and walk away. However when it was snooze time, the cat would go in search of his big friend and lie down close to him!
2 May 08
I've kept dogs and cats together for 50+years and I'd say YES in the way of animals! If kept and socialised properly any dog and cat will develop a relationship with each other as well as any of us! Should see my large German Shepherd curled up asleep with a Cat on her back and another snuggled under her chin! She's also the target when the younger cat decides it's time to practise her hunting skills! It must be love, or why else would she allow an animal, she could kill easily, bite her legs or tail. Having watched Cats and Dogs raise a litter, I'd say she treats them like Puppies as all my previous dogs have. The males played the Uncle role well too. All my animals have had their own relationships with others, just as I have with them. That however doesn't mean they won't go for other cats! Or that my cats won't run from other dogs or worse turn and fight! If we expect animals to be capable of loving us, surely they have to be capable of that emotion! We however need to learn how they show love! It's not love that makes a dog go crazy when you walk in, it's relief!