Can pets develop special feelings for others that are not of their species?

@Willowlady (10666)
United States
December 3, 2006 12:55pm CST
This pic shows a pony and cat sharing a tender moment. Do you suppose they have an emotional connection?
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@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
3 Dec 06
Yes...that can certainly happen...especially if they grow up around each other...
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• United States
6 Jan 07
Yes, they have an emotional connection. Humans are animals. So many of us bond and have emotional connections with other animals not of our breed. I have heard of so many stories of dogs and cats bonding, pigs and cats, monkeys and cats, wolves and people, and so forth.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Jan 07
sleeping for a bit - the pets that grow to be attached to one another happen what seems like to be alot of the time.
My favorite is the crow that took care of the kitten. Watching over it and leading it to food a lady would put on the porch and even taking a bit and offering it to the kitten. Wow. What could have been prey was tending to the what could have been predator.
• United States
28 Jan 07
What about the gorilla and the kitten? Remember that one?
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
28 Jan 07
Yeah heard of that too. The gorilla was so tender with the kitty. The kitty seemed so comfortable around the gorilla. Wonder what they are doing today?
@brendalee (6086)
• United States
11 Dec 06
Yes, I think pets can develope special feelings for other kinds of animals. My dogs groom the cats all the time and the cats rub up against the dogs. My son's cat even tried nursing off his dog and she kneads the dog's belly. Its so funny to watch.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Jan 07
cat atop her friend the dog - togetherness is quite charming when they are two species.
Happy kitty and the canine friend that appreciates the attention! Wow. Wish we humans could be more friendly with each other!
@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
11 Dec 06
I definitely think they can. We have two dogs and a cat and they love each other. The cat was born about a week after we got the first dog and they've grown up together. They play together all the time, they're best friends.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
6 Jan 07
dog with cat together - so wonderful that they animals can find a way to share, wish we all could too
So sweet that in your house that the differences do not matter! Thanks much for responding..
@JoyfulOne (6243)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Absolutely! I think lots of animals develop special feelings and bonds with other animals not of their own species. When I used to have horses here, my daughters dog used to go out in the barn and sleep by the stall door. The horse used to stick his nose through and they'd often nuzzle each other. Sometimes the dog would go into the stall, and they'd still do the same thing. The horse never tried to hurt the dog, but they spent a good deal of time nose to nose in a friendly sort of way. My German Shepherd has a 'thing' for my one little kitty. I rescued this orpaned kitty that somebody dropped off. It was really wild and seemed unable to be tamed. It was inconsolable and cried pitifully while it was stuck under the barn and scared. Since it was so young, I moved it onto my enclosed front porch to try and get it humanized. The dog would stand in the screen door and whine to go out there. They would often be nose to nose sniffing each other through the screen even when the kitty wouldn't let a human near it. Finally, the kitty trusted me enough to pick it up. I introduced it to the dog and she immediately started licking it and cleaning it, just like a mother cat would do. They are fast friends still now that it is a barn kitty. Whenever I let the dog out into it's pen, the kitty crawls into it (somehow) and next thing I know the shepherd is giving it a tongue bath again. I have 2 indoor cats which the dog totally ignores, it's only the orphaned one that it behaves different with...just like it's its mother. We've also had cows that attatched themselves in the same way to the horses babies. Sometimes I think it more depends on if they grow up together, but often there is no explanation for the special feelings they seem to develop for other species not their own.
@imrajesh (1968)
• India
11 Jan 07
this pic shows that they have emotional connection and yes the pets can develop special feelings for others that are not of their species this can be seen from the example that pets develop affection with us although we r not of their species so in the similar way they can develop for others
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
11 Jan 07
bongo and pig. - it is good when a connection can be made when a herd animal is alone and can find a friend.
Pictures can represent something that is not true..Take care!! Have seen it too many times the attachments the one critter will form for another not of their own species. I think they have a better idea sometimes that we humans do in relationships with one another.
@bigstret (485)
28 Jan 07
Yes, My cats love me as I do them