Why Do Dogs And Cat Hate Each Other?

Why Do Dogs And Cat Hate Each Other?

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Most of us were raised to believe that (felines) cats and (canines) dogs don't get along. We see it in classic films and television shows, and we read about it in books. Cats and dogs have an innate dislike for one another, so they will fight until one of them dies or the other flees. However, because both animals are carnivores, their mutual hatred must go deeper than a simple predatory instinct. Is this, however, the case? Why do dogs despise cats and cats despise dogs?

We'll take a look at the reasons why!!!


    Cats and dogs, simply put, do not dislike each other. Cats and dogs have distinct personalities and go about their daily lives in a variety of ways. Miscommunication and behavioural differences are frequently the causes of cat-dog fights that people witness. So, if you're wondering why cats and dogs dislike each other, I have a few points that will adequately answer your question.


      Fortunately, I own a German Shepherd dog (Smart) and a Persian cat (Rolex), they are both males, I acquired them at puppy and kitten age because by the book and what I have heard people said when you get them together at a young age and they grew up together they tend to like themselves and they won’t be a reason to hatred or war. At the first 3 months of life, my two pets were cool to each other and I was like awesome, they eat together, they sit with me anytime I’m home, although sometimes Rolex maybe a little cosy and comfy. But shockingly after 4 months, my dog playful behaviours made my cat feel threatened, Smart could just sudden run towards Rolex, and Rolex do take that as a threat and in his defence he could scratch Smart. Another time, Smart might just carry my sleeping Role in his mouth and run around with him, all this made my Rolex less comfortable around Smart. Then I begin to understand that it’s not that they hate each other but they do misinterpret or misunderstood themselves


        Here are three (3) basic facts that could help you understand why these two beauties hate each other:

        1. Communication Indices
        2. Differences in Behaviour
        3. Competition
        • Communication Indices

        On the surface, it appears to be the case. However, the conflict stems from their differing interpretations of body language. Dogs, for example, enjoy playing and chasing small animals in a playful manner. When a cat sees a dog approaching at a high rate of speed, its natural instinct is to flee. You can imagine how this excites a dog; the dog will think "oh, the cat is enjoying my games," and the cat, on the other hand, will think otherwise; if the cat feels cornered, they will most likely try to defend themselves by using their claws.

        • Differences in Behaviour

        There's a fundamental difference between cats and dogs that makes it appear as if they don't like each other. Dogs are easy to trust; even if a stranger feeds a dog for a week, the dog will develop affection; however, cats are different; a cat may have difficulty trusting the owner. So, a dog trusts a cat based on the instinct that they have known each other for a long time and performs a variety of stunts with the cat, while the cat does not. Cats, unlike dogs, are solitary creatures who do not easily trust others. Both are better at socialising with humans than dogs.

        • Competition

        Another obvious reason for dog and cat fights is that they are vying for your attention or for food. Everyone knows that dogs are sociable creatures who enjoy human affection, so they are competing for your attention. Cats take a little longer to get used to being around people, but once they do, they can become territorial. A poorly socialised cat may become irritated if he sees a dog attempting to weasel his way into his territory. Depending on the cat's personality, the cat may engage in combat or avoid approaching the dog entirely.


          Dogs and cats can definitely coexist peacefully, as evidenced by the following points:

          • Bring them together to socialise.

          With the right motivation, dogs and cats can coexist peacefully. Puppies and kittens go through a’ socialisation period' as they grow older, during which they can be taught proper behaviour. This is when they begin to recognise each other and gain a better understanding of themselves, including their personal preferences and dislikes, as well as what their body language means. If there are no negative consequences, they will learn to coexist during this period. Puppies are usually socialised between the ages of five and twelve weeks, while kittens are socialised between the ages of four and eight weeks. On the other hand, a cat or dog who has an unpleasant experience during this time may develop a hatred that lasts a lifetime. The only issue that could arise here is if the pet owner's affection is not shared equally.

          • Behavioural Training 

          It is certainly possible to train your household pets to get along better with a little time and patience. Keep in mind that dogs are more playful and excitable, whereas cats are more likely to fight or flee in fear. If your dog is in the same room as your cat, start the training by keeping him leashed. If your dog can sit still, reward him with treats while you teach your cat that he can be in the same room with a dog without being harmed.

          It also helps if you've taught your dog some basic commands like "sit." To avoid fights, keep your dog on a leash or in a crate if you must leave the house. Never leave your pets unattended.

          Concluding Words

          Why is it that cats despise dogs so much? They don't, in fact. We've determined that misunderstanding, cognitive and behavioural distinctions, and a constant competition for ones attention are the most likely causes. It's just that dogs can be overly friendly and playful, which can be frightening for a cat who spends the majority of its time sleeping and observing. The good news is that our feline and canine companions can remain happy together if you take the time to thoroughly socialise and train them.

          Dr Marvelous Ibiniyi, DVM

          A pet enthusiast and young veterinarian in the making, who loves writing and giving educative information about pets especially dogs and cats. Dr Marvelous has a German Shepherd dog named Smart and likewise a Persian cat named Rolex.

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