By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.
You met the person of your dreams. She has a cat and you have a dog and the four of you are about to share one home. Think of this as a furry Brady Bunch situation. Your dog listens to your every word. Sits and stay on cue, and greets you each time you return home like you’re a rock star. On the other hand, her cat ignores you when you call her name (unless you rattle kibble in her food bowl) and delivers a wide-eyed look of indifference as she proceed to walk across the kitchen counter top despite your protests.
Feeling a bit frustrated, right? You may be thinking to yourself, “If only that darn cat acted more like a dog.” Time for a reality check. Cats are not small dogs. When I give talks around the country about how to achieve harmony in a household with cats and dogs, I gently remind my audiences of the distinct differences between America’s top two most popular pets by sharing these acronyms I’ve created for each:
Dogs puts the “d” in drool, the “o” in obey, the “g” in goofy and the “s” in seconds, please. By comparison, cats put the “c” in candid, the “a” in attitude, the “t” in tenacious and the “s” in…so what.
Dogs and cats have been hard-wired differently. For centuries, cats have been independent hunters while dogs have worked in packs to score food. Early man saw the value of the obey-nature in dogs to help them get out of the Stone Age. Cats waited an extra 10,000 years or so after dogs were domesticated before agreeing to hang out with humans. Their talents for ridding ships, barns and homes of rodents proved to be valuable.Read More…