• Feb 7, 2020
Often cats and dogs, to put it mildly, are not glad to

each other. Also it is connected with the fact that they … "speak" different languages! Why cats and dogs do not understand each other?

 Silhouettes of a dog and cat of a photo

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"Language barrier"

The matter is that dogs and cats have very similar signals of language of a body, however value of these signals sometimes opposite. It as words or gestures from different languages because of which sometimes there is a misunderstanding between representatives of different nationalities.

What the signals disturbing dogs and cats to understand each other are?

  1. Highly raised tail . At cats this gesture expresses self-confidence and friendliness – quite so they welcome friends. At dogs the tail raised up often demonstrates excitement and tension, and sometimes – aggressive intentions.
  2. Wagging . The wagging tail of a dog can be a signal of excitement or joy, at a cat it is sign of irritation. The friendly dog who is not understanding language of a body of a cat can inexpressibly be surprised when wagging a tail she of a murlyk is not glad to communication with it at all.
  3. The ears which are taken away back or pressed . At a dog the pressed ears can speak about friendliness, submission, aspiration to calm "interlocutor" or about fear – here it is necessary to consider also other signals of a body. At a cat the ears which are taken away back are a certificate of tension, alarm and readiness to defend or attack and if ears of a cat are pressed, she means is afraid and is ready to protect the life.
  4. The animal turns sideways. At dogs such pose – a reconciliation signal, aspiration to get rid of threat and to let know to "interlocutor" that it threatens it with nothing. But if the cat turns sideways, so she prepares for a fight and threatens, intimidates the opponent, trying to seem more, than is actually.
  5. The animal falls on a back. If on a back the dog falls, it can be sign of submission or the invitation to a game. The cat lying on a back can be also ready quite amicably (to have a rest or invite to communication), but sometimes this pose – the testimony of readiness to be protected (in combination with the pressed ears and expanded pupils).
  6. The paw raised up kind of in a greeting. If the dog raises a paw highly up or touches you probably she invites you to play. If the paw is raised by a cat, perhaps, it is the menacing signal.
  7. The animal drops to the earth with the pressed ears and the wagging tail. If it is done by a dog, she invites you to play. In language of cats such behavior shows fear or irritation and readiness to show aggression.
 the Dog and a cat do not understand each other of a photo

On a photo: the dog and a cat obviously do not understand each other. Photo: wikimedia.org

cats Can and dogs to learn to understand each other?

But everything is not so hopeless. The cat and a dog can quite learn to understand each other, so, to live in peace and friendship.

 the Australian shepherd sniffs at a cat of a photo

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Scientists conducted a research (Feuerstein, Terkel, 2007) and found out that if the kitten and a puppy got acquainted in the childhood, then in 77% of cases of a dog and in 90% of cases of a cat correctly treat signals of language of a body of the representative of other look even if these signals are opposite to their own. That is both cats, and dogs in the childhood are quite capable to master "foreign language" and to learn to understand each other.

to the Adult dog and a cat it is more difficult to div class=" to learn to understand the representative of other look, but it is possible too if they have a chance safely to get acquainted, observe and interact one after another.

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