Can dogs and cats be friends?.

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Can dogs and cats be friends?.

A confident, pushy dog will approach another with tail held high. This "go ahead, make my day" type of challenge is most often met with submission and/or appeasement from the other dog, unless the other dog rises to the challenge and presents a confrontational stance himself. A friendly, confident cat will approach with tail held high, also. This cat is saying "Hey, let's be friends."

The initial meeting sets the stage for future considerations in the dog/cat relationship. Both species communicate with body language and, because they "speak" differently, Misinterpretations may start the relationship on the right or wrong paw, depending on who says what to whom!

Consider the situation when the confident, friendly cat marches up to the easygoing or submissive dog, tail flying high, head in the air, and with a confident step. The dog, not wanting any trouble, offers a polite greeting or backs off to see what the cat wants to do next. Either response is reinforcing for the cat; he learns that this approach to a dog works well.

It is life experiences with members of the other species, and not an inborn animosity, that determines how cats and dogs feel about each other.

Dogs and cats can form fast friendships. It is life experiences with members of the other species, and not an inborn animosity, that determines how cats and dogs feel about each other.

"They fight like cats and dogs.This saying reflects the commonly held belief that dogs and cats just can't get along because they are natural enemies. People who share their homes with both species, or who have read The Incredible Journey, know that this is not true.

Can Dogs And Cats Be Friends

This type of cat will make friends easily with most dogs, because dogs misinterpret the friendly tail flag and are careful not to cause offense on the first meeting.


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