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Furry Friday: ComPETability & Seeing Eye to Eye

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2011: Back in the Water!

"Racy Mooner" cools off, courtesy of Lisa-Maria Padilla.

It’s too darn hot–and even the cats know it. When the temps hit 102 degrees, my colleague Lisa-Maria spread a towel on the deck to protect tender kitty paws, set up a kiddy pool and . . . well, at least one of the clowder accepted the invite. You can click on the pic to see the other cats’ reactions.

Dogs react a bit differently–at least, my Magical-Dawg does. You can check out his summertime fun in the video (below), and these days the cat thinks he’s insane. But nothing new about that. Most cats don’t “get” everything about dogs. And dogs remain pretty clueless about cats, too. If we’re lucky, they still get along fine and just figure the aliens have landed. That’s why I wrote my book ComPETability.

Our pets simply don’t see the world in the same way. Literally. For instance, the eyes of cats and dogs are quite similar to our own, but how are they different?

The cat has the largest eyes of any meat eater; if our own eyes were proportionally the same, human eyes would be eight inches across. But it goes beyond the looks-pun intended. In fact, the way pets see influences how they interact with each other-and with us. This Paw Nation article offers some insight (whoops, there’s another pun…I’d say “sorry” but I’m not. *s*) on seeing eye to eye.

Do your cats or dogs watch TV? Or do they have trouble finding that teeny-tiny last kibble in the bowl? How else are cats and dogs different? Betcha dogs would welcome that climbing and leaping ability that cats manage with poetry-like finesse. And I betcha cats would really like to be like dogs in…wait…well…

Nope. Cats have no dogmatic aspirations whatsoever. (Seren made me write that–I think she saw the video, below).

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Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

6 responses »

  1. Magical Dawg is awesome. Enjoyed his video and the water kitties. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thanks Angela! Dog-type thinks so, too. *s*

  3. Your Magical Dawg would love to be able to throw the Frisbee, don’t you think?

    I so enjoyed the video–and loved the cicada sounds. No idea where you are, but it has a lot of the same feeling as Texas does. Sigh. And it’s out in the country. Excellent!

  4. I’m just so envious of the green space you have out there! What a wonderful place for you and your four-legged pals to live. Interesting your comments on how pets see. My dog can spot African wildlife on the TV, and does NOT like them. Dogs on TV fine. An elephant or a giraffe? He bristles, gets up and walks toward the TV, growling. The cat can’t see kibble under her nose. I have to throw it along the floor and then she pounces.

    • Thanks Naomi. Currently it’s pretty much brown space everywhere else because of the lack of rain. We hit 104 degrees today, yuck.

      That’s hilarious about your dog and the African wildlife on TV. He’s really tuned in on how they look. *s* And yep, true to form, cats like motion (flung kibble).

      Thanks for visiting the blog!


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