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Who else has a cat that thinks he's a dog?

post #1 of 12
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Haha, I swear Oliver thinks he's at least part dog... more often than not he will come when called (at the very least, he recognizes that you've called and then decides if he will come or not), he loves to sport bandanas supporting various sports teams and holidays (of course they are worn very loosely *just in case* he gets himself into something, which is very rare), he begs - I mean really begs - for cat cookies and also now begs to go outside on his harness and tie-out... he'll go to the back door and paw at it then I will ask if he wants to go out and he responds with one meow and promptly waits to be harnessed and attached to the tie out (it's attached to the deck rail in the back yard - I usually only let him out for an hour at most and a close eye is kept on him).... but I just started thinking about this cuz my mom and I are in the living room watching baseball (Go red sox! ) and our neighbor came to the door - Oliver immediately bolted down the stairs to see who was here and greet him haha... so does anyone else's cat often act doggish? (of course, sophisticated kittie would never admit to this ungodly behavior haha)... I swear Ollie runs to the fridge more often than my dog does haha
post #2 of 12
Zoey does too.
When we leave the house, we put the dogs in their room for their safety. Ben tends to eat inappropriate things that require surgerical removal. We simply say "Crate time" and Zoey beats the dog into the room. She drinks water from the dog bowls and hogs the dog cushions. She runs to the back door when the dogs go out, though we don't let her out. Zoey runs to the door, with the dogs, when someone arrives. She doesn't hide from visitors and neither do the dogs.
Zoey loves to play with my son's puppy. Think of the cartoon where the dog chases the cat - a hall with lots of doors - they run out of one room and into another, then suddenly the cat is chasing the dog back the way they came. It really happens.
At bedtime, they all run into our bedroom. Zoey gets first choice of spots to sleep.
Did I mention that Zoey is 9 lbs? The dogs are 84, 88 and 105 lbs.
post #3 of 12
I was just thinking about this today! Seamus has no dogs to influence his puppy-like behaviors, so it must just be that cats do these things too. Listening to a friend with a 9 month old puppy has led me to believe he has become part dog... he follows me around the house... he begs for food when I go to the fridge... he greets me at the door... he goes to the door on the occasions people come over and after a minute of scaredy cat follows me around checking the new person out... he chases his tail like it's a great new toy he's just found... he paws at me... he guards the bed at night and is pretty vigilant when the guy downstairs does his in and out bit...

I'd love to take this a step further and play dress up with him and take him for walks, but I don't think he'll go for it... he has let me get a bandana on him before... but it doesn't last long... plus in a city with a lot of cars it'd scare him tremendously to be outside with all the noise and movement...
post #4 of 12
David thinks hes a dog today I had a few friend s over 2day and he was bouncing up to them and begging 4 attention just like a dog would he is so cute!!! Also david like to bite our hand s and feet and have heard that bitter apple apray works wonderfully. Where can I get it???Donna
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I'd love to take this a step further and play dress up with him and take him for walks, but I don't think he'll go for it... he has let me get a bandana on him before... but it doesn't last long... plus in a city with a lot of cars it'd scare him tremendously to be outside with all the noise and movement...
I dont necessarily play dress up with Oliver, but he does have a wardrobe, haha... he has a custom-made hoodie for when he needs to be taken outside in the winter (ie: trips to the vet and when I'd take him between home and school), a white terry cloth ducky bath robe that helps dry him off after his monthly baths (cuts down on the amount of time he preens post-bath, therefore cutting down on hairballs), another little coat (kinda looks like santa's coat, haha) and a few halloween costumes (usually only worn for picture purposes lol) - this year he will be Franken-cat... I'll definitely take pictures
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Charlie and Ling think they are dogs sometimes and Keno (the lab) thinks she's a cat!
post #7 of 12
Monster definately acts like a dog this is what everyone in my house says... i think its bc our dog is the only animal he knew growing up, from 3 weeks old... he greets me when i come home, scratches at the back door (but we dont let him out) when its time to eat he will whine, same thing with the door he whines at it too. he follows me around which i think is adorable, and waits at the door to the bathroom when im in the shower. and get this... when i scratch him under his chin or the side of his face he moves his leg like a dog does when u rub its belly!! its so cute.
post #8 of 12
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Good to know Ollie's not alone, haha... I don't know what his early influences were since he was a street kitty and predicted to be about 3 years old when I took him in.... but I swear he and the dog are learning things from each other since we've moved in with my parents haha
post #9 of 12
My cat follows me to the shop and his re-call is better than the dog's, lol. His heel-work needs a bit of work though, as he seems to take the scenic route when he follows me, lol.

He doesn't like to retrieve though. He leaves that to the dog, followed by a disdainful look....
post #10 of 12
Butzie "heels." When I call her and want her to follow me, I slap my thigh a few times and call her. She then runs to me and follows me to wherever I am going. She still meows and doesn't bark, though.
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My cat follows me to the shop and his re-call is better than the dog's, lol. His heel-work needs a bit of work though, as he seems to take the scenic route when he follows me, lol.

He doesn't like to retrieve though. He leaves that to the dog, followed by a disdainful look....
Little side note.. the cat in the pics on the right side of your siggy looks just like Oliver! I love orange tabbies! Maybe they're long-lost siblings hehehe
post #12 of 12
I have a 9 year old orange kitty that thinks he's a dog too!! When I eat my food, he just sits there begging waiting for food to drop on the ground. Whenever I go to the junk drawer to get something, he chases after me meowing cuz he knows his treats are in there. He plays fetch (I'll throw toys to him) and he'll carry it back over to me in his mouth and wait for me to throw it again. When I'm cooking in the kitchen, I look over and he'll be standing next to me with his front paws on the counter. He'l come to me when I call him or have my hand out as if to pet him. When someone rings the door bell he sits in front of the door to wait for the person to come in. Sometimes, he tries escaping out the front door when I try leaving, or coming home. He hogs up space on my bed to sleep with me (like he'll lay right at my feet or kick me off my pillow completely to sleep on it). My cat does not think he's a cat at all, he's every other animal, but a cat lol.
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