Yes, they are able to talk to others of their kind, but what about each other? Dogs do not exactly meow and vice-versa, cats do not bark. When we have both types living in one abode, how do they get their points across?
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The Signs your Furry Friends Can Communicate
The first sign to look out for is barking. If your dog is barking at the cat, there is a good chance that they are feeling threatened by the cat or they may not understand exactly who this feline is. Another sign that your dog understands the cat is if you see them wagging their tail. Wagging their tails is normally a sign of happiness and when doing it around the cat, it is showing that they are happy and excited to be around the kitty.
While paying attention to your dog and cat being around one another, keep your eyes on your pups ears. If they drop backward, that usually shows that they are scared or fearful. If their ears are upward and forward, this is usually a sign of aggression or misunderstanding if they feel that the cat is posing a threat.
- Wag tail
- Ears drop
- Raise ears
- Sniffing a Cat's Backside
- Rolling Over
- Laying Down Near Cat
The History of Communication Between Cats and Dogs
This is far from the truth. From many different encounters, it has been proven that if a dog and cat are given the appropriate introduction to one another, they will more than likely get along. There have been numerous reports of dogs and cats even becoming best buds.
Just like humans, one of the biggest factors of dogs and cats getting along is whether or not their personalities clash. Throughout history, it has been shown that dogs and cats are able to communicate to each other through different body movements, growls, and facial expressions. In households nowadays, it is not rare to find cats and pups living side by side.
With that being said, you will also find that if they are living together, they more than likely have similar personalities that allow them to get along. History has shown that it is best if the cat was living in the home before the pup arrived because cats get so territorial.
The Science Behind Dogs and Cats Communicating
Not entirely so. Dogs and cats both speak in entirely different ways, what with dogs barking and growling and cats meowing and hissing. It has been proven that although they may not understand exactly what comes out of each other's mouths, they are usually able to interpret what they mean and they can usually decipher what they are trying to say between the mixture of sounds and body movements.
For example, if a dog tries to get close to the kitty cat and the cat isn't exactly feeling welcome to that idea, the feline may hiss at the pup. At the same time, the cat may begin to bat its paws at the dog to show they are not happy about the dog's behavior. If the dog has interpreted this behavior correctly, they may communicate back by flattening their ears and backing away. It is hard to tell where the barrier truly is between what they can and cannot understand.
How to Train Your Canine to Be Around Felines
The first step for good communication between these two animals is to create a safe and warm environment for both of them to interact in. If they feel like they are trapped or being intimidated, that will create an aggressive environment where something is bound to go wrong. In this type of situation, you will more than likely want to leash the dog or hold the cat in your lap gently. This way, the other animal is able to leave if needed.
You will want to let both animals explore their future friend, so be sure to allow them an ample amount of time to do so. After this, if all is going well, you may allow them to both go near one another. Make sure you have a handle on the situation if anything does get out of hand.
While doing all of this, you should give your animals treats so that they recognize that being nice to their new friend is the best option. If you find that they are just not able to get along, you can separate them into different rooms and bring different items to them that smell like the other animal, which will allow them the chance to get used to their scent.
Safety Tips for Dog and Cat Communication
If they are doing well together, be sure to praise them both and give them treats.
If you see your dog becoming upset, remove them from their current situation and allow them some time to relax.
Hold your pup on a leash if it is their first time meeting a feline. Dogs get highly excited and you want to be sure they don't go too overboard.