Friendship between Dogs and Cats Live, Learn, and Love

Cats and dogs speak very different languages, yet these two are learning to coexist together. Perhaps we, as humans, can do the same?Tucker has developed an aversion to the cats in our home. Athena, in particular, enjoys teasing him. She’ll slap him as he walks by with his prized ball, which she used to hold for ransom. This is a true story.

He simply does not comprehend cats.

To be honest, I’m not sure I entirely understand them, but nevertheless. I understand Tucker’s point of view. Cats have sharp and pointed bits, and they can be frightening if you don’t understand their language.

Our cat Calvin, on the other hand, wants to be friends with all of the animals in the house.

He was the one who consoled Tucker when he was forced to wear the terrible shame cone. Calvin, our Calvin, is a good man.

Calvin has recently been attempting to bridge the species divide by reaching out a figurative paw to the dogs. I’ve seen him rubbing his head against Jasper, lying next to Tucker, and weaving between their legs. I pet and praise the dogs when he does this, which helps the dogs associate a cat getting up in their space with a positive experience.

One such incident occurred the other day, and I was fortunate enough to capture it on film.

I won’t give anything away about the video (except for the nice finale), but there are a few things to look out for:

Tucker is apprehensive at first. It’s evident in the way he holds his ears back and the whites of his eyes are visible.

Tucker is nervous. His ears are back and you can see his large eyes, with the whites showing, known as "whale eyes," a sign of wariness.

Tucker is apprehensive. His ears are back, and you can see his enormous eyes, which are known as “whale eyes” because the whites of his eyes are visible. While I trust my dog, I would never abandon him if I saw him in pain. Rather, I congratulate him and pet him. There will be no snacks, as this will just add to the strain.

You’ll hear me compliment him, and you’ll notice him relax.

His ears become forward, he becomes less tight, and he becomes more interested in Calvin rather than merely tolerating his presence.

Cats and dogs speak very different languages, yet these two are learning to coexist together. Perhaps we, as humans, can do the same?

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