cat licking dog

There are some complexities when it comes to feline body language, but for the most part, it’s not hard to discern a cat’s state of mind. Generally speaking, a friendly, happy, relaxed cat appears that way because of their posturing, tail positioning and appearance. Of course, the same is true for an angry, frightened, or potentially aggressive cat. 

In other words, if you’re not sure whether your cat likes your dog it’s possible they are merely tolerating them.

Anthropomorphism at it’s Finest

Pet owners are animal lovers. We grew up reading about fictional animal characters, watching animated films or television programs that depicted animal heroes and villains, and projecting unquestionably human emotions and thoughts onto the animals we came close to. It’s not a big leap for pet owners to cultivate a happy-looking scene of interspecies cohabitation.

It Can Work Out

There are many families out there that are lucky enough to have cats, dogs, birds, livestock, or exotic animals that not only get along but thrive in the company of animal friends. Unfortunately, this type of coexistence is really only possible when everyone has ample space.

Yowl Versus Howl

To get to the bottom of whether or not your cat likes your dog, we turn to logic. If your cat and dog go about their days without incident, consider yourself fortunate. Perhaps far from the image of them snuggling, allogrooming, playing, and generally tromping about together, at the very least if there’s no hissing, swatting, yowling, or attacking, there’s a level of tolerance between them. 

Indifference

Cats may appear indifferent to those around them, human or canine alike. As long as they are receiving their meals and attention at regular intervals, with no interruptions to their sleeping, they should continue on without much hassle.

Until…

However, if your cat feels like their space is encroached upon, or their personal belongings are no longer fully theirs, you may have problems on your hands.

Be sure that your cat always has their space. Train your dog to leave it or drop it (among other helpful commands). Never allow your dog to sniff out your cat’s litter box (or eat from it), sample your cat’s food, drink from the water fountain, or lounge around in your cat’s tree, crate, catio, or room. Upholding this approach can go a long way toward mitigating any potential fallout between the species.

When Tolerance Wears Thin

Cats will retaliate when they feel threatened, and you certainly don’t want to risk an injury to your dog’s face or body. Pay close attention to even subtle changes in body language and intervene before things get out of hand.

When Your Cat Likes Your Dog!

It may take many months (or even years) for your pets to come to terms with their situation. Every cat and dog pair is unique, but it may be easier to raise younger pets together than introduce an older cat/dog to a younger dog/cat, and vice versa. That being said, however, with training, patience, and lots of positive reinforcement you and your animal family can live happily ever after.

At King’s Trail Animal Hospital our doctors and staff members are always happy to help you keep the peace among your furry friends. Please contact us for more tips.