My dog was a puppy 10wks 2 days old when we adopted her and my cat was about 2.5 yes old at the time.
They grew up together and all my dog wants to do is play and zoomies with that cat, but that cat has never and will never want anything to do with my dog. She has her territory and doesn’t often like sharing it with the dog but generally tolerates the dog on her space.
My dog just wants to play (part of it is her prey drive, but not in a I want to kill you way) and the cat will just straight up smack her. Usually the dog is smart enough to walk away when that cat growls. The cat ALWAYS wins even tho it’s 10 lbs and my dog is 35. My dog always yelps and ends up tail between the legs offended then goes back for more. She’s special.
However, you get the whipped cream out in a bowl and one will be on each side of you almost nose to nose trying to eat it at the same time.
Like they could be best friends, but the cat just ‘nopes’ her.
Yeah I was gonna say the “language” barrier is the main problem. What dogs consider play is pretty scary to most cats, but this cat trusts the dog which means they probably grew up together.
Actually the cat didn’t meet the dog until he was maybe 5 or 6 months old but they’re both sweeties so they got along pretty quickly.
Do you think cats are best buds with birds because some cats are totally fine with birds at home?
Because stray cats murder the shit out of birds in nature.
Same with stray dogs going after stray cats.
The biggest problem between cats and dogs is body language, dogs often seem aggressive to cats, when they are being playful. And dogs mistake cats for being aggressive, when they are playful. It’s great when they figure it out, as above, but often it fails.
We really want a dog but our new landlords said they’ve had problems with dogs in the past so they would rather us not get one. We don’t want another cat cause we feel like they’d team up and do too much diabolical annoying shit together lol. We haven’t talked to them about the dog issue since we were applying for the house so we might bring it up again soon to see how they feel.
Maybe if you get a dog that’s in foster care, you can show them, look, this dog does well in a house, he’s in a house right now, you can talk to his foster parents, get on a FaceTime, see that their house isn’t damaged. I’m in animal rescue and I’ve found that people have had luck if they can show their landlord a
In this case you can tell because neither animal is trapped here, if they wanted to leave they would. Especially for cats, they won’t play if they don’t want to – they have claws and will use them. These two also are clearly not using all of their strength – especially the dog – so it’s likely they play like this often and know how not to hurt each other.
In more general terms, the tails are a good indicator: dogs will wag their tail when they’re happy or excited; cats will have their tails up or flick them gently if they’re playing (harsh flicks usually mean they’re annoyed but cats’ tails aren’t as consistent as dogs)
Dogs will fake sneeze or lick their noses to show they’re playing. Cats will keep their claws sheathed and swipe with just the soft pad of their paws to show they’re playing.
When they don’t want to play anymore, cats will hiss and show their claws. Dogs will growl and show their teeth.