Dogs often attempt to play with or chase cats, but they do not hate them. Dogs have a wide variety of behavioral responses to cats. Some dogs are quick to chase virtually any cat they see, others play and cuddle with those that wish to, and some have little interest in cats at all. In general, dogs that chase cats do so because of a high innate prey drive.Know More
For dogs with a high prey drive, cats are no different from any other small, prey-like creature: They are potential prey. Accordingly, such dogs chase cats on sight, just as they chase squirrels, chipmunks and birds. This tendency is often most common among herding breeds, which normally have high prey drives. Dogs that lack such high prey drives may still be compelled to chase cats, or any other animals, that run.
Many dogs enjoy spending time with cats and may treat them as they treat other dogs. It is difficult to predict which dogs and cats are likely to get along and which ones are likely to fight, so introductions must always be performed under close supervision. An owner should never restrain a cat when making introductions because the cat may become nervous from the restriction and attempt to flee.Learn More
Persian cats will generally eat any type of higher quality commercial cat foods; they usually do not respond well to cat treats. Persian cat diets can also be supplemented with pumpkin, goat milk and vitamin supplements.Full Answer >
A well-trained German shepherd gets along well with other pets, including cats. However, due to the strong prey instinct of the German shepherd, it is important to socialize the breed with household pets at an early age. This, along with training, ensures that the German shepherd will not be a threat to pets or stray animals.Full Answer >
The current consensus among scientists and animal experts is that dogs are smarter than cats. The primary reason for this is that dogs are social animals and must solve problems in their interactions with other dogs and humans. Dogs also can be trained to a wider variety of roles.Full Answer >
Dogs naturally shed their hair, and the amount they shed has to do with their overall health, breed and the time of year. If a dog is shedding excessively, it may be a sign of poor nutrition, stress or a medical condition.Full Answer >