10 Surprising Cats That Act Like Dogs
There are cat people…and there are dog people. But what happens when a dog person and a catperson who live in the same house can’tcome to a decision on which pet to get?Well, they compromise and get the one thatcan sit on the fence and straddle it—a catthat acts like a dog. You’re Watching Animal Facts!10. Maine CoonIf all cats are standoffish and aloof, noone told the Maine Coon. Maine Coons are like the dogs we’ve featuredin “Velcro dog” videos. They are playful, affectionate and love nothingmore than to shadow their humans. So, if you choose one as your furbaby, beready to give up most of your privacy…andsince Mains are also about the size of smalldog—a big chunk of your personal space. 9. SphynxOne major difference between parenting a catand parenting a dog is you never have to bathea cat…unless you have a Sphynx. Although the Sphynx is thought to be a hairlessbreed, it is covered with ultra-fine hairs. But because their hair is different from thatof other cats, they must be bathed regularlyto prevent skin problems. Like dogs, Sphynxes are also known for theirloyalty and devotion. They prefer to stick close to their humansand will follow you to the ends of the earth,wagging —yes, wagging—their tails allthe way. 8. American BobtailGot kids?There’s a cat for that. The American Bobtail is an affectionate, intelligentbreed that readily forms a strong bond withtheir humans. Bobtails seem to be tailor-made for householdswith children. They love to play games like fetch or hideand seek, and have a dog-like tolerance fornoise and chaos that helps them adapt wellto the pandemonium that comes with familylife. And you don’t have to worry about roughplay between the kids and your Bobtail. A stocky, sturdy breed, they also have delightfullynubby or “bobbed” tails that are difficultfor little hands to grasp—giving Santa oneless reason to put your little ones on thenaughty list. Which do you think is the better pet for kids—adog, cat, or dog-like cat?7. AbyssinianOil and water don’t mix, unless it’s inmilk or margarine—and cats and water don’tmix unless the cat is an Abyssinian. The elfin-faced Abyssinian loves water, soit’s a fantastic cat for dog people whoenjoy sailing, water sports, lazy days atthe beach, bubble baths, long showers, washingdishes…well, you get the point. Other dog-like behaviors include a fondnessfor fetching toys, acceptance of leash-training,and a constant need for attention. If you’re not into Velcro dogs, then chancesare you won’t be into Velcro cats either—butwho cares about a little adhesion when youhave a cat you can take for a swim, a walk,and will bring you your slippers after allthat exercise!6. RagdollDogs have a reputation for being more easygoingthan cats, but there is one feline that isas laid-back as any canine—the Ragdoll cat. Ragdolls get along great with both kids andadults and get their name from a rather oddbehavior. Whenever you pick one up, it will go completelylimp, like a ragdoll. Why?No one really knows. It may be a passive-aggressive means of tryingto stay put or simply an extension of theircalm, relaxed nature. Whatever the case, this breed is intelligent,affectionate, can be trained to fetch, andmakes an excellent lap cat…Raggedy Ann ain’tgot nothin’ on the Ragdoll. 5. ManxOn any given day, the average housecat won’teven acknowledge your presence, let alonereact when someone calls their name. But the Manx cat will not only socialize withyou and your family, it will come when youcall its name. So, if you call a Manx with a generic, “Here,kitty kitty,” you might want to make sureyour new pal’s name is actually Kitty. Manx are very energetic and enjoy huntingrodents. Other dog-like behaviors include shadowing,learning verbal commands, retrieving and sometimeseven burying small objects. 4. Turkish AngoraWhen you hear their name you might figurethat they’re some bougie, glamour-puss breed,but the Turkish Angora is very friendly andoutgoing, like most dogs. Angoras are so hospitable, that at socialgatherings they will greet guests at the doorand play co-host. They will mingle with everybody on a one-on-onebasis, giving you the opportunity to run tothe kitchen for another plate of hors d’oeuvres. Although Angoras are the “social butterflies”of our list, they have a tendency to selectone particular family member to be their sidekickand will be very protective of them, muchlike dogs. They are also highly intelligent, easy totrain, and exhibit basic problem solving skillswhich they use to help their humans wheneverthey can. 3. ChartreauxChartreaux cats are another breed that willchoose a favorite human to bond with and shadow,but there won’t be much chit-chat betweenthe two, as Chartreaux rarely make sounds,or are mute. But what they lack in conversational skills,they more than make up for in intellect. It is not unusual for Chartreaux to learnhow to operate power buttons on electronicsand appliances or to open latches, and ifthere were a checklist of canine attributes,we could put a checkmark in virtually everybox. They are quite playful, get along great withchildren and other animals, and will happilychallenge their dog siblings in a friendlygame of fetch. Like some of the previously mentioned breeds,Chartreaux will also answer to their names—Checklist complete!2. BurmeseWho says you can’t be smart and funny?Certainly, not anyone who is friends witha Burmese cat. Burmese are sweet, intelligent and love toentertain themselves and their humans withtheir dog-like shenanigans. They are experts at retrieving and tellingtime…yes, telling time. Well, not really, but at mealtime they willsit and wait by their bowl, just as dogs do. If you have a Burmese as a housemate, it isrecommended not to leave them alone for extendedperiods of time. As a breed that is known for being extremelydependent on their humans, it is best to findsomeone to “cat sit” them while you areaway. 1. OcicatAlthough the Ocicat gets its name from itsresemblance to the Ocelot, a wild cat thatis native to Mexico, Central and South America,and the southwestern US, it is probably themost domesticated, puppy-like cat on our list. They are, dare we say it—the “total package. ”Ocicats thrive on social interaction. They are affectionate with their family, nevermeet a stranger, and are friendly to othertypes of animals. Like some of the previously mentioned breeds,Ocicats will choose one family member as theirfavorite and latch on for dear life. Most Ocicats can be trained to walk on a leashand to follow commands. Like dogs, they can learn to come when calledby name, sit, fetch, roll over, lie down anda variety of other tricks. Ocicats are extraordinarily agile—even forfelines—and you can easily prompt them intogetting a good workout by playfully tossingtheir toys around. And, as if they needed another behavior toadd to their catalogue of canine characteristics,some Ocicats take to water without hesitation. What cat-like behaviors have you observedin certain dog breeds?