Do your dogs and cats get along together?

@dragon54u (31644)
United States
June 19, 2008 7:25am CST
I found out long ago that I was deathly allergic to cats so I no longer have one but my dogs always got along with those that I had. I've seen some really cute pics of dogs and cats together lately and they brought back wonderful memories. Do yours play together, fight, or just ignore each other?
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@GreenMoo (11837)
20 Jun 08
I have two dogs and two cats and they get along brilliantly. the male dog sometimes has a grumble if one of the cats gets too close in the evening, but it's just moaning. One of the cats is particular friends with the female dog. The cat goe sup on her hind legs so that she can rub her face against the dog's, then they curl up together on the cushion. Awww!
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
20 Jun 08
That's almost as adorable as that little guy with the bowl on his head! I'm so glad you allow him to be a child. Your nurturing shows in the way your animal family members get along. Remember--a dirty child is a happy child!
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@GreenMoo (11837)
20 Jun 08
And when the baby gets covered in his dinner, I can rely on the animals to 'wash' him clean
@dodoguy (1294)
• Australia
19 Jun 08
Hi dragon54u, I think it's all got to do with what / whom the pets are familiar with. If cats and dogs are raised together from infants, then they'll generally develop compatible social habits and get along with each other. On the other hand, a cat raised solely in the company of other cats (and people) will generally be aloof or even alarmed by the presence of a dog. And a dog will often respond to a cat according to how the cat reacts to the dog. So if the cat runs, the dog will chase. If the cat puffs up and attacks the dog, often the dog will run away instead - even if the dog is 10 times bigger. My family used to have cats on a farm, and they were quite rugged specimens that would bring down a bull moose or two before turning up for their Kit-E-Kat each arvo. And they were a match for any dog around the place - even the working dogs, which weren't much interested in the cats anyway. But once we had moved to urban surroundings, the later cats we had tended to be rather more docile - and mostly terrified of any dogs that came around the place. That's as much because they didn't know the dogs in question - if they did, they were more nonchalant. Which gets back to who and what they are familiar with.
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@dodoguy (1294)
• Australia
20 Jun 08
Hi again, It's sad, but most people who enjoy keeping cats don't seem to want to shoulder the responsibility that goes with that. Dogs generally have to be kept on leashes in urban environments, but people seem to have a mindset that cats are different. So occasionally, the community at large has to enforce some sort of regulations. Several suburbs in Melbourne have actually outlawed cats, owing largely to their devastating effect on the native wildlife. It wouldn't have been necessary if people were responsible and confined their cats in those locales, but apparently people are people and typically only do what they're forced to, no matter what the local conditions. And it's not the cats' fault, either. They just do what they do, being cats as they are. So it's a shame that irresponsible behavior by people so often precipitates adverse circumstances for the cats.
@jer31558 (3683)
• United States
21 Jun 08
We don't have any cats, but we do have an inside and an outside dog which love to play together. The outside dog can be a little rough though as she is much bigger than the inside dog which is a poodle.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
21 Jun 08
Poodles are great dogs, actually. I didn't know they weren't all small until about twenty years ago when I learned that poodles were actually rather big before the breeders started downsizing them. Standard poodles are rather large and very lovely if you don't clip them. Poodles have gotten a bad rap since they've been downsized, due to the type of people that want small dogs and smother them as they would children. They became yappy and nervous, poor things. What kind of outside dog do you have?
@mialei23 (2386)
• Philippines
20 Jun 08
No my dog and cat are not good together. My dogs hates to see my cat and he want to grab and eat it as a whole. I don't know its sounds funny but my dogs hates cat. They do not play together, my cat always run away when he saw my dog.
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
20 Jun 08
That's such a shame! I wonder why dogs and cats don't naturally get along? Your poor little kitty!
• United States
20 Jun 08
My cats and dogs get along pretty good. You have to tell the dog every once in awhile "no Kitty" and then he stops messing with the kitty.
@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
20 Jun 08
I'm afraid my rat terrier sees them as prey but they can intimidate her pretty quickly when they come close to the fence!
@thaMARKER (2558)
• Philippines
19 Jun 08
We had a cat and dogs before and they can't just stay in one place at the same time. hehehe.. Both of our dogs always chased her (cat) whenever she's visible. The dogs don't have any intention of killing her, they just wanted to play but the dogs are too big for the cat and they seemed like going to kill her. hehehe..
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
20 Jun 08
Is your kitty scared or amused? I find that most cats are merely amused by dogs unless the dogs mean serious business. Cats have the upper hand with their wits and wicked claws. They teach many a dog painful lessons on picking on someone smaller than themselves!
@mamacathie (3929)
• United States
19 Jun 08
Yup, our cat thinks he is a dog. He does everything the dogs do. He lays curled up with them and when the dogs are standing up he thinks he has to be right there under them. It is so funny, the other day I took my grand-daughter out and she was rolling the basket ball and the dogs love to chase it, well guess who else wanted to chase it too. Yup! Our cat! IT was so funny! God bless you!
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@dragon54u (31644)
• United States
19 Jun 08
I love cats, they're so funny! Sounds like yours is just adapting to the company and enjoying life.