German Shepherd Befriends A Kitten And Helps It Climb The Stairs
The phrase "fight like cats and dogs" reflects a natural tendency for the relationship between the two species to be antagonistic. Dogs and cats are not always seen as best buddies, but this heartwarming video melts away those preconceptions.
Dogs are known as man’s best friend, but how about cats? Dogs are cat’s best friend?! Dogs and cats can have lifelong friendships. Watch as these pals break with tradition and have fun together. Footage shows the family German Shepherd taking care of the newest members of the household by helping the little kitten climb the stairs. So adorable!
Dogs and cats have a range of interactions. The natural instincts of each species lead towards antagonistic interactions, though individual animals can have non-aggressive relationships with each other, particularly under conditions where humans have socialized nonaggressive behaviors.
The generally aggressive interactions between the species have been noted in cultural expressions.The signals and behaviors that cats and dogs use to communicate are different and can lead to signals of aggression, fear, dominance, friendship or territoriality being misinterpreted by the other species.
Dogs have a natural instinct to chase small prey that flee, an instinct common among cats. Most cats flee from a dog, while others take actions such as hissing, arching their backs and swiping at the dog. After being scratched by a cat, some dogs can become fearful of cats.
If appropriately socialized, cats and dogs may have relationships that are not antagonistic, and dogs raised with cats may prefer the presence of cats to other dogs. Even cats and dogs that have got along together in the same household may revert to aggressive reactions due to external stimuli, illness, or play that escalates.