Do cats and dogs really fight like cats and dogs? – Cats and dogs have long been depicted as ardent foes, consistently getting into scrapes with one another. But are those claims exaggerated? #Cats #Dogs
Do cats and dogs really fight like cats and dogs?
Many cats and dogs peacefully coexist in their homes, where their divergent personalities combine to make homes more interesting. Cats and dogs tend to have different body language, but that should not be mistaken for opposition.
Take, for example, a boisterous puppy who excitedly approaches visitors with its tail wagging to show friendliness. According to the animal experts at SlimDoggy.com, a resource for dog food, fitness and fun, cats interpret wagging tails as signs of anger or displeasure. Dogs like to sniff their “friends” and get to know them, and cats don’t favor this attention. When sniffed, cats may run off, unintentionally triggering dogs’ natural predator instincts.
Such an instance is a rough way for cats and dogs to begin a relationship, and it’s easy to see how such an introduction can lay a poor foundation for their relationship.
Cats and dogs also have different social styles. While a cat may be content to be alone and approach visitors cautiously, dogs tend to be sociable and rush into situations if they think there is fun to be had.
But cats and dogs can peacefully coexist. One way to foster a good relationship between cats and dogs is to control their initial introduction. If possible, separate the animals initially, giving cats a chance to warm up to their new situation. Upon introducing the two, it may be best to have the dog on a leash so that you can control its desire to lunge. Calmness is key; do not force the cat to come to the dog or vice versa. Reward calm behavior with treats. Repeat these steps until the pets appear to be used to each other.
It’s important that pet owners recognize that, while cats and dogs may peacefully coexist in a home most of the time, their natural instincts may kick in every so often. Just separate the pets if they have a tiff.
Rumors abound that cats and dogs can’t share a home, but that’s simply not true. With some early socialization, patience on the part of pet owners and an understanding of cat and dog behaviors, pet parents can ensure both cats and dogs live together in harmony.
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