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"Fighting like cat and dog", we use this expression to describe people who seem unable to live together in harmony. Like most of the other phrases likening people to animals it is a most unfair calumny on our four footed friends. Cats and dogs not only can, but do live together in perfect harmony.

I have had mixed families of cats and dogs for most of my life and have only once had a problem. On the other hand I have known countless instances of very close ties between these two species thought by many people to be irreconcilable to each other. How often do you hear people say; 'I would love a cat (or a dog) but my present dog (or cat) would never accept it.'

In my current cat/dog family I have one cat who actually prefers the dogs to the other cats. In fact she doesn’t really seem to like them at all but loves the dogs and they her. She regularly washes both dogs' faces, sometimes holding them still with a paw on either side. Neither has any objection to this, in fact they seem to appreciate the attention.

Puppies and kittens brought into the home at the same age soon pal up and usually make a life long bond. In most cat/dog relationships the cat is usually the boss.

Dogs and cats are not the only animals that form close friendships. When I was a child my pony struck up a friendship with our bull which didn't please me because I wasn't game to approach her when she was standing close by him. Later on I had another pony that became good friends with a cat.

We think it odd when animals have these friendships with a creature of a different species, but is it any stranger than the relationships humans form with dogs, cats, horses etc. I think it highlights how we all, whether we have two legs or four, are basically so alike. We all share the same need for friendship, companionship and love.

Morty and 
Cilla

Morty, my Koolie, having his faced washed by Cilla

Puppies and kittens brought into the home at the same age soon pal up and usually make a life long bond. In most cat/dog relationships the cat is usually the boss.

Dogs and cats are not the only animals that form close friendships. When I was a child my pony struck up a friendship with our bull which didn't please me because I wasn't game to approach her when she was standing close by him. Later on I had another pony that became good friends with a cat.

We think it odd when animals have these friendships with a creature of a different species, but is it any stranger than the relationships humans form with dogs, cats, horses etc. I think it highlights how we all, whether we have two legs or four, are basically so alike. We all share the same need for friendship, companionship and love.

 

 

 
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