We all know cats who act like dogs, right? You know, that cat — he’s very vocal, follows you around closer than a shadow, actually likes walking on a leash and even fetches. Cats who think they’re dogs are definitely originals. So, let’s take a peek at what makes these dog-like cats such unique gems.
While any cat might harbor an inner dog, these seven cat breeds are much more likely to channel their inner canines:
Cats and dogs are two of the most popular pets worldwide because they share the innate desire and ability to form strong bonds with their human families.
They both communicate through body language — facial expressions, ear and tail positions, tail activity and overall body position, such as a cat’s arching back, show us and other furry friends or foes how they feel and what they need.
Cat and dogs also use their strong senses of smell to acquaint themselves with other animals and to make sense of hormonal clues left behind. Both species swivel their multi-muscled ears to tune into far off sounds. Dogs and cats circle their beds before curling up for a nap, a behavior carried over from the wild.
Certain behaviors are distinctly either cat or dog.
The most obvious difference is in response to housetraining — we’re talking peeing and pooping here! Cats get it almost immediately. Dogs, unfortunately, take their doggone time and may take months to get it right.
Cats are natural jumpers and crave heights, while most dogs prefer to keep their paws on the ground. Dogs tend to only jump as high as that prime spot on the couch, that oh-so-comfortable bed or that guest who just walked through the door.
Dogs are pack animals, and most pups thrive in a family atmosphere. For cats, the preference for sociability versus solitude is unique to each cat — some enjoy playing and interacting with feline siblings and friends, while others are happiest alone and may never accept another kitty pal.
Mealtime behaviors also separate cats from dogs. Dogs are comfortable eating whether they’re eating solo or alongside their doggie siblings. Cats prefer to eat alone.
Cats are intelligent and malleable animals — with patience, you can teach your cat to perform tricks, fetch a toy, come when you call his name and more. Cats will quickly learn to associate a specific behavior with the sound of a clicker.
Karen Pryor, behavioral biologist and founder of Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior and clicker training proponent says, “For today’s city cats, often living out their entire lives confined indoors, clicker training can provide valuable mental and physical stimulation; it enriches the cat’s life and can help the cat to be healthier, happier and a more responsive companion.”
Skeptical? Look at these Amazing Acro-cats!
The proof is in these videos! These silly dog-like cats will have you laughing out loud with their canine-esque antics:
This Ragdoll cat thinks he’s a dog. Follow his adventures on his Facebook page at Timo the Ragdoll Cat.
And here are eight signs that your cat might actually be a dog:
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