My sister visited with her very well-behaved Jack Russell terrier and... kitty freaked. Arched back, raised back fur and tail, hissing. I suspect if my sister had entered with a duck or a lamb it would have been a big ho-hum. The response was instantaneous so I don't think scent had anything to do with it. Within minutes her dog and my cat were at peace with each other. The question is, how do cats recognize dogs when dogs come in all different sizes and configurations?

Asked by Member 1136488 on Oct 18th 2012 Tagged dogs in Other Behavior & Training
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Izadore (Izzie)

I don't think they actually do. I'm not sure a cat or dog sees another animal as a cat or a dog, just an invader in their territory. My Izzie loves both my dogs, my 94lb. Husky/Shepherd/Dobie mix and my 35lb. Springer Spaniel. No one knows for sure if the animals actually communicate with each other, same species or not, but we're pretty sure they have heightened perceptions that exceed our's. It's what kept them alive when they were living "in the wild" eons ago. Cats and dogs are very scent oriented. Your cat may have recognized your sister's scent on the dog and realized he was no threat.

Izadore (Izzie) answered on 10/19/12. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer