For a long time, the cats and dogs relationship is deemed as either a love-hate relationship or just a plain hateful one. But the only proof of such a negative inference is a particular cartoon or an occasional cat-dog chase we have witnessed. But what is the reason for interpreting their relationship in such a bitter sense? This is because the natural instincts of each species lead towards antagonistic interactions, though individual animals can have non-aggressive relationships with each other, particularly under the conditions where humans have socialized non-aggressive behaviors.
The generally aggressive interactions between the species have been noted in cultural expressions. This also is mostly due to the need for one of them to try to seek dominance at all times. The dog-cat relationship is generally misunderstood. Despite the long-held belief that dogs and cats cannot maintain a relationship with one another, perpetuated by such phrases as “fighting like cats and dogs”, and the stereotype of the animal hierarchy of dog-cat, if appropriately socialized, cats and dogs may have relationships that are not antagonistic, and dogs raised with cats may prefer the presence of cats to other dogs.
People should realize that there are many households that raise cats and dogs together and face no problems. This is mostly because they have a common master, are trained the same way and understand each other quite well for there to be any hostile behavior towards each other.
For example, if a cat is raised with a dog it will know what all the gestures made by the dog will be as it is the only mode of communication between them and chances are that they had learnt it together so if in this case the dog raises his paw ( which means it wants to play ), the cat will play with it but if the same action is performed in front of a stranger cat it can be easily mistaken as a sign of an attack, prompting the cat to swat her paw at the dog, sending her into a hissy fit. Likewise, a cat that tries to rub up against a dog may be acting friendly, but a dog can interpret that as a threat — especially if the cat is near his toys or food—and can cause the dog to growl or bark.
If you want to keep a dog and cat together, the best way to do so is to get a puppy and kitten at the same time, this way you will not face any problems unless one of them is overly-aggressive and dominating. While it may seem like cats and dogs can never co-exist, there are several breeds that can live harmoniously with their family’s feline counterparts: Sussex Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Bernese Mountain Dog, Bichon Frise, English Setter, Poodle, Pekingese, and Pugs. Although, these breeds can all live with cats, successfully introducing cats and dogs often depend on the personality and temperament of the individual animals involved.
The following are a few cat breeds that can be raised with dogs: Oriental, Burmese, Siamese, American Ragdoll, American Shorthair, British Shorthair. “Just be sure not to force any interactions, which can backfire and cause your cat (or dog!) to be fearful. Try to make the experience as positive as possible and, if you notice any discomfort on either said, back off.” Dr. Jeff Webster explained.
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