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April 28, 2014 7:24 PM   Subscribe


 
SPOILER: They are all friends in the end.....YAAAAAAAY!
posted by xingcat at 7:28 PM on April 28 [14 favorites]


Nudge, nudge, nudge, nudge. WHAP!
posted by ThatCanadianGirl at 7:30 PM on April 28


Dog: Hi! I like you! We should play together!

Cat: WHAT. ARE. YOU. DOING.
posted by mcmile at 7:30 PM on April 28 [23 favorites]


aww their styles of showing affection are so opposed! Thankfully they're all board with nose licking.
posted by The Whelk at 7:32 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


Excuse me while I go invite my sister's cats over for a playdate with my pups...
posted by alynnk at 7:34 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


Also, more proof that dogs will basically domesticate themselves to anything that's nearby

HI HI HI PLAY? I LIKE PLAY HI FRIENDS? CAN WE? FRIENDS YES PLAY?
posted by The Whelk at 7:34 PM on April 28 [15 favorites]


the ultimate expression of cat love: just shove your whole face into something.
posted by The Whelk at 7:38 PM on April 28 [35 favorites]


only once when i was a kid have i ever had a dog and a cat at the same time. black lab got a little too friendly with black cat; one rake of sharp claws across his cold wet nose and he treated her with the utmost respect ever after.
posted by bruce at 7:39 PM on April 28


Cats: OK, if you lick my ears I guess we're cool.
posted by transient at 7:42 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


I've lived with cats pretty much all my life and I've had my current cat for eight years. I just got a dog for the first time ever and as much as I wish our lives together were like this video unfortunately it's a lot more like this one.
posted by komara at 7:44 PM on April 28 [3 favorites]


The cat/dog dichotomy always reminds me of introvert/extrovert dynamics. The dogs mean well, they have nothing but the best of intentions, but by their very nature they tend to irritate the hell out of the cats despite doing nothing inherently wrong.
posted by Scattercat at 7:52 PM on April 28 [32 favorites]


For most of my childhood, my family had both dogs (well, a dog) and cats at the same time. They all got along. One pair were run-around-the-house-egging-each-other-on play buddies. One memorable night, we can home from being out only to find the entire living room trashed with curtains pulled down, lamps knocked from tables, etc. Both the dog and cat were conspicuously guilty with their "hey, y'all love us a lot, right?" welcome.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 7:53 PM on April 28 [4 favorites]


It's a simple dichotomy: dogs are empaths; cats are psychopaths.
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:03 PM on April 28 [24 favorites]


Some of those dogs aren't being friendly, they're herding and/or resource guarding. Also never cool to try to bite another (cat)dog's neck without permission!

This is a fun piece to analyze for dog/cat language.
posted by muddgirl at 8:07 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


The cuteness was intense.
posted by Dip Flash at 8:09 PM on April 28


I'm glad to see that everyone was cozy at the end, because some of those cats were in full-blown KILL mode.
posted by thomas j wise at 8:19 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


Nah, that wasn't "kill mode", that was just "irritated mode". Most of 'em had their claws in, which is a dead giveaway. Believe me, if they'd been serious the dogs would quickly have been yelping and running the hell away (with the cats most likely in hot pursuit).
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:32 PM on April 28 [5 favorites]


DOG: "HI HI HI PLAY? I LIKE PLAY HI FRIENDS? CAN WE? FRIENDS YES PLAY?"


CAT: Eh... No.
posted by mikeand1 at 8:34 PM on April 28 [2 favorites]


"The cuteness was intense."



Also in tents.
posted by mikeand1 at 8:36 PM on April 28


Those poor dogs are obviously victims of toxoplasmosis.
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere at 8:49 PM on April 28 [7 favorites]


Video proof of why dogs > cats. Always.
posted by the sobsister at 8:57 PM on April 28 [10 favorites]


"Nah, that wasn't 'kill mode', that was just 'irritated mode'."

Yeah, Kill Mode is usually accompanied by a horrifying air-raid siren sound that's basically saying "every living thing within six feet of me is in danger of disembowelment (even humans I normally love)" accompanied by My Claws are Bloody Blurs to Your Injured Eyes.

Attempted Traumatic Injury Mode usually involves rapid claws-extended swatting with both front paws and Puff Size 2X PsyOps.

Here Beginneth and Endeth the Lesson Mode is one or two claws-extended swats with a growl and ears flat.

For Form's Sake, For Future Reference is a swat with a hiss.

A single swat with no claws and no hiss is merely a Dude, Boundaries.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:05 PM on April 28 [88 favorites]


Great. Now we're all just to left to wonder if the sobsister knows the difference between "less than" and "greater than" or not.
posted by Curious Artificer at 9:07 PM on April 28 [6 favorites]


I just spent the evening watching students interact with a 9-lb Chihuahua and a 120-lb Great Dane (spoiler: the Chihuahua was definitely in charge) and I thought that was maximum overdose of hilarity and cuteness. These irritated cats (especially the kittens being groomed, with a half irritated and half confused look on their faces) really made my night.
posted by librarylis at 9:08 PM on April 28


Video proof of why dogs > cats. Always.

One of us is dyslexic when it comes to greater than/less than signs.

I'm not saying who.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:27 PM on April 28 [14 favorites]


Another one of us doesn't read the comments at the bottom of the thread.

I'm not saying who on that one, either.
posted by mudpuppie at 9:28 PM on April 28


Am I the only one that noticed one of those dogs is missing an eye?
posted by fshgrl at 9:45 PM on April 28 [3 favorites]


My two creatures either get along swimmingly or ignore each other when they're inside. When they go outside, the dog suddenly realizes "Holy fuck! You're a cat!" and starts to chase the little guy, and then they act like mortal enemies, as God intended. Maybe they need to keep up appearances in public?
posted by bibliowench at 9:51 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


Dogs.

Cats.
posted by dumbland at 10:01 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


fshgrl: Am I the only one that noticed one of those dogs is missing an eye?

One-eyed dog you say?
posted by dumbland at 10:03 PM on April 28


Featuring what looks like a vallhund at the end!
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:05 PM on April 28


So they're like cats and dogs, is what you're telling me?
posted by bicyclefish at 10:48 PM on April 28


Living together, mass hysteria, yes.
posted by radwolf76 at 10:50 PM on April 28 [5 favorites]


"And how do you know that you're mad?" "To begin with," said the Cat, "a dog's not mad. You grant that?" I suppose so, said Alice. "Well then," the Cat went on, "you see a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.”

- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
posted by quincunx at 11:07 PM on April 28 [2 favorites]


I have two cats that I like well enough, but currently no dog. This video made me want to trade those cats in on a nice puppy!
posted by Kaleidoscope at 11:24 PM on April 28 [1 favorite]


Those innocent doggy faces! Why are cats so often set to "offended", anyway?
posted by Kaleidoscope at 11:26 PM on April 28


Those innocent doggy faces! Why are cats so often set to "offended", anyway?

As a species, they never got over the loss of their Egyptian gig. Even nowadays when we spend billions of dollars catering to their every whim, it's not enough to satisfy that self-presumed godhood.
posted by Celsius1414 at 11:51 PM on April 28 [8 favorites]


"C'mon, experience perfect unconditional loooooove!"
"No."
posted by EatTheWeak at 12:54 AM on April 29 [25 favorites]


My parents had an awesome siamese mix that they'd rescued and a big friendly yellow lab who were best friends in the whole world. Both animals loved their humans but their loyalty to each other trumped everything else.

The cat was strictly a kibble eater but the dog was an omnivore. My parents would sometimes leave vegetable scraps in a bowl in the sink before taking it to the compost heap. If they left it there unsupervised, kitty would leap onto the counter and fish the scraps onto the floor and into the grateful mouth of the lab. The cat was her hero.

In return, the lab was the greatest cat bed ever. Kitty would come over to her, massage the bed around the dog ( and the dog) and then thoroughly clean the dog's ears. The lab would lick her lips nervously because kitty would inevitably end the ear cleaning with a quick love bite before stretching out and sleeping the night away.

Dogs and cats surely have a language barrier but they are so cute when they get along.
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:19 AM on April 29 [12 favorites]


Ivan Fyodorovich knows cats.
posted by Decani at 2:20 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]


My mother told me the trick was to have a mature dog and introduce a kitten - happiness for ever. But - did you notice how many of those clearly non-genetically related fluffy critters shared similar colours? Black and white dog plays with black and white cat, caramel coloured cat stares down caramel coloured dog, brown and black animals - siblings or not?
posted by b33j at 5:11 AM on April 29


Oh God, the best is when the dogs nuzzle up and the cat just puts its paw on the dog's face like, ". . . No. Just, no."

Now I want to get a dog to introduce to our cats.
posted by chainsofreedom at 5:39 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]


I love dogs so much.
posted by Sophie1 at 6:36 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]


I love cats. I love dogs.

With the objectivity of selective framing (i.e. none), I want to point out that in the uneasy triangulation of feline-canine-human relations, we (ok, Ivan Fyodorovich) characterize cats most convincingly by articulating their several degrees of hostility.*

* Where by "convincingly" I mean to great humorous effect.
posted by mistersquid at 8:06 AM on April 29


Can't the poor kitties get a moment of peace!?
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 8:47 AM on April 29


One body language difference is that going belly-up is usually a submissive gesture for dogs, while it can be a defensive gesture for cats.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 9:25 AM on April 29


"... while it can be a defensive gesture for cats."

It's certainly an invitation to have your forearm reduced to tattered scraps of dangling flesh. Front claws: hold the victim in position. Rear claws: gut the victim.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 9:29 AM on April 29


Among our two, it's The Clench round of the daily wrestle. Round one usually starts with a disagreement about who washes whom. Usually the daily wrestle can be distinguished from the daily argument by hissing and puffiness.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos at 9:36 AM on April 29


Our cat Spike thought our dachshund was his mama when he was 2 weeks old. It was all cool until he tried to nurse. Oh man...
posted by bitter-girl.com at 10:51 AM on April 29


It's certainly an invitation to have your forearm reduced to tattered scraps of dangling flesh.

Around our house, we call that move "the fuzzy beartrap".
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 10:56 AM on April 29 [2 favorites]


It's insidious because, hey, cute furry cat tummy!
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 11:10 AM on April 29


And it is, but your timing can't be off by even a little bit.
posted by flabdablet at 11:40 AM on April 29 [1 favorite]


This is relevant to my interests.
posted by shelleycat at 1:10 PM on April 29 [1 favorite]


There's a reason why Calvin always came back for more.
posted by cacofonie at 1:15 PM on April 29 [1 favorite]


Our cat Spike thought our dachshund was his mama when he was 2 weeks old.

Heartmelting Photos of a Protective Bulldog with His Foster Kittens
posted by homunculus at 11:08 PM on April 29 [1 favorite]


That was just what I needed after a very long day. Fwap!
posted by Athanassiel at 12:56 AM on April 30


We have found that if both of us sneak up on Fatty when he is showing his belly but has got dozy and relaxed and we start scratching at his head then one of us can move down and start tickling his belly. After a minute or so he will suddenly remember this is unacceptable behaviour and the restraining paws will spring into action.
posted by biffa at 9:45 AM on April 30


My cat sometimes has the instinctive "no belly touching" response; but these days often, especially if she's really mellow, she'll be totally into it and if it were up to her, I'd do it hours. The trick is knowing the difference and, also, like you describe, it helps if you get to the belly rubbing in a roundabout (not entirely visible) fashion.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 10:01 AM on April 30


Ivan Fyodorovich just named a whole series of ROUs

(or should that be mmmmwwwrrrrROUSs?)
posted by lalochezia at 10:18 AM on April 30


That's a pretty well done video as these compilation things go. Actually had pacing.
posted by tavella at 10:48 AM on May 1






The eyes on that puppy!
posted by bibliowench at 10:29 PM on May 4


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