cats and dogs

United States
July 14, 2011 9:02am CST
Why do you think everyone still says dogs hate cats? When I tell people I have both they always ask me if the cat is safe. Of our 3 dogs, only one does not necessarily like cats. But that's because we adopted her from someone who was mistreating her, and we know for a fact he would throw kittens in her pen. I know, sick individual right, but we got her out of there and she's doing so much better. Anyway my other dogs are a pit bull and a mini eskimo dog. And they love our cat. The pit lets the kitten bite his ears and they chase each other. and it sleeps curled up next to my eskie. They like to play with my eskies tennis ball. It's kind of like a miniature game of kick ball, but with animals. I'm just wondering when this stigma will go away. Or are my animals really just that different from everyone else's?
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11 responses
@stary1 (6622)
• United States
14 Jul 11
I think people's opinions bout dogs and cats are mostly based on personal experience. Those who have cats and dogs who get along, know they can be ‘best friends.Still, I think in general, dogs will chase cats they don't know just as cats avoid dogs they don't know.
• United States
14 Jul 11
I can understand why a dog would chase away a stray cat. The cat is an intruder, the dog is just protecting his space. Wouldn't you get defensive if a stranger walked in your front yard? Lol
@SynDash (133)
• Lithuania
14 Jul 11
It's justa a stereotype. People think if dogs like to chase stray cats outside, they can't get along. But that's not true, you just need to give them some time to get used to each other.
• Portugal
14 Jul 11
Yes, is just a stereotype... I had a dog that sleep with a cat from the neighbourhood and there wasn't fights between them... :)
@veravivi (59)
• China
18 Jul 11
The relationship will be different in different situation. I realise most female dogs can not get along with cats, while male dogs can have peace with cats. If a puppy and a kitten are growing up together, they must have a wonderful relationship with eachother, like they are real family.
@sswallace21 (1824)
• United States
17 Jul 11
Welcome! I have two cats and two dogs. They get along just fine, as well. One of the cats bathes the youngest dog as if it was her baby. They all sleep next to each other. We've never had to lock the cats up to keep them away from the dogs. I take that back. The cat that bathes the dog had to have surgery. The dog wanted to lick her wounds so we put her in the spare bedroom. We didn't want him to pull the tube out trying to help her clean herself. People hear things and instead of doing some checking they just believe it to be true. It's unfortuanate because, in this case, they are missing out on some great animals. Best Wishes!
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
17 Jul 11
I think that is just one of those things, myths that had been around for so long that it has just rather been accepted by most. Then again there are a lot of things that when you really think about it, they do not really make a lot of sense. It is just one of those things that people are going to just shrug and go along with it. Entertainment has not helped this, as many people have this perceptions from childhood and they don't shake it. Yet many cats and dogs do get along rather well. Even better than some humans if you really want to go there. Some of them don't get along but that's more like a clash of personalities. Its just like when some humans do not get along. There are going to be a lot of animals who are not going to get along, but not because they are cats and dogs, but just because they do not get along. That's just the way the ball bounces.
@flzmlady (419)
• China
16 Jul 11
well, I really think this depends on the situation. I do not think that dogs hate cats, but some fact makes me feel uncertain. I know someone who keeps both dogs and cats, she lives in the first floor in the building and I live in the 2nd floor. She never complains about cats'-and-dogs' trouble, and when I asked her once about how her cats and dogs were getting along with, she said they were fine. Maybe her dogs are special? I don't know, while some dogs in my block really did something REALLY bad once. One day I came home and saw some people standing around a grassland and whispering something. I happened to see an acquaitance nearby and asked him. He said a poor cat was torn apart by several dogs and was eaten, leaving only a cat paw on the grassland. I was almost sick, and would not see the poor cat paw and ran home. In all, I really can't tell whether dogs hate cats, since I see conflicting facts around. But I know something interesting, it's about my dog. Another day my mom walked the dog RR around the block and ran into another dog NN. This other dog might badly dislike my dog and soon they were in a heated fight. When my RR was fighting back, suddenly a black cat came out rapidly (like a black wind) and jumped at this other dog and scratches her heavily and harshly and cruelly so that NN burst into painful moaning and stopped fighting while my dog RR stood there, completely unknowing what's happening. My mom was so curious about this that she went on investigating whether this black cat knows my dog and what the conflicts between black cat and NN. After about 1 day, she learned from the woman we know underfloor that this black cat is HERS and since her dog and my dog knows each other and are quite friendly, the black cat knows my dog too. Also the other dog NN who was deeply wounded by black cat have once eaten the black cat's one baby. Since then, I asked my mom to describe the black cat for me and every time I meet it I will buy something delicious for it, just wanting a companion and helper for my dog RR when she got herself in a fight!
@umabharti (3976)
• India
15 Jul 11
My cats are always killed by the Street dogs.If they are brought up together in a family then there might not be a problem for a Dog and Cat be friends.It depends how we treat both of them.If we do equal right to both then both will live happily.If we show some partiality towards a dog then the cat will not like that ,and the same happens with the dog also.It depends on how we train them and love them.
@bouncybug (615)
• South Africa
15 Jul 11
My 2 dogs and 2 cats also get along great! I think that dogs will naturally chase any animal that is foreign to their territory, so if a stray cat strolls into our property I would say that it probably would be in trouble - but so would any other animal that happened to be trespassing! Dogs and cats can certainly get along if you introduce them to each other early and they spend their lives together. This whole dogs hating cats thing is just a stereotype!
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
14 Jul 11
I've had both dogs and cats my whole life, and I've never had any that didn't get along with each other. The Shepherd I have right now lets my old cat curl up against her when it's night and time for bed. And heaven help anybody, or any animal, who tries to pester that cat, the dog will be right there protecting her. When I used to have a Great Dane, he would let baby kitties sleep between his paws, and even on his face sometimes lol. Then too, none of my cats were never afraid of the dogs either. I think it's all what they get used to, and it's up to the owner to not let them get away with anything in the very beginning when they're young.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
14 Jul 11
I don't think most dogs hate cats. I think the only dogs that hate cats are encouraged to be that way by people that hate cats. If they see a cat and encourage their dog to chase it or bite it. I've had dogs and cats that have lived together a few times more than once. Right now I have a cat and two labs and they like each other. The cat will sneak up and attack the dog and the dog just lays there lol.
@QeeGood (1214)
• Sweden
14 Jul 11
I used to have a cat and a dog going well together. The male dog was like a step father for my female cat's kittens. They all have fun together. Enjoyed each others company very well. In bed thet slept together. They were best buddies.