8 signs your cat is actually a dog (video)

I’m not a cat owner, only a cat uncle – Chris and Joelle are the cat parents.  But I’ve seen enough cats in my days to appreciate the 8 signs in this video.

I won’t spoil the “signs” by telling you what they are. Okay, maybe one.  When a cat fetches, he’s a dog.  An old friend, Hap, used to have a cat that we took care of once.  The cat fetched.  Hap had mentioned this once, but I’d forgotten.  Well, I’m sitting back on the couch reading a book and all of a sudden cat plops on my chest and drops, in front of my face, a Hershey’s kiss that was previously sitting in a bowl on the table.  I look at the kiss, look at the cat, and got the distinct impression the cat wanted me to throw the kiss.  So I did.  The cat ran and grabbed the kiss, brought it back, and plop it went back on my chest.  I was blown away.

Hap’s cat also really liked to be chased around the house, again like a dog. I call cats like this “dog-cats.”  I’m told there’s a particular breed of cat that acts more like this, perhaps you cat-lovers know more about this.

This is a very cute video.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.case.925 Mike Case

    No cat will ever be a dog. Have you ever seen a police cat? Have you ever seen a search and rescue cat? Have you ever seen a drug or bomb sniffing cat? Nay verily!!!

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    You mean people actually can go to the bathroom without a cat? What a novel idea.

  • kayatz3

    All of my cats have been fetchers..only had to ‘suggest’ the behavior to them. Also very big ‘talkers’, and supervisors to my every action. They are mostly velcro-cats, where I go, they go, always. I can’t even go in the bathroom alone, there’s always a cat….( I only have 2 cats)

  • kayatz3

    I love the way you think, bucky.

  • Kat Herder

    I’ve got 15 kitties and a few of them will do all of those things too. We call them Puppy-Cats.

  • Lee

    My cat digs holes all through the yard & has dug under the fence, he also likes to sleep on the floor rather than the furniture & loves to play tug of war :)

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    My girl runs to the door when the doorbell rings too. In fact, a couple of my friends refer to her as “the hostess”.

  • Arthur

    All of my five girl cats do this as well as answer the door when the doorbell rings. I always thought it was because they are all happy lesbians

  • Phil

    That’s what was so weird with Junior (the cat). It was usually about 10 minutes, regardless of which rail or elevated line I was taking, or the few occasions I drove to/from work. If the trip was by rail/L, I would have still been on a train with potentially hundreds of other people 10 minutes before walking in the door. Any of the stations I disembarked at were a couple of miles from the house. This went on for about 12 years, daily.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    As for the animals knowing their owners are coming home, ask The Google about the research of Rupert Sheldrake. Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home (1999). He has done so many studies that convincingly demonstrate dogs, especially, know when their owners have formed the decision to head from home, even when the owner is at work miles away, and there is absolutely no physical way the dog could know. He has done repeated filmed experiments demonstrating the phenomenon.

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    The poor black cat, Shorty, must feel like the ugly step-sister in this clip. Kodi, the tuxedo cat, does play second fiddle in some of the other clips. I just prefer Shorty, because she looks like my little girl.

  • HolyMoly

    This made me laugh, especially since our two dogs tend to behave like cats at times. Rubbing against furniture/people, sitting in the window, arching their backs, etc.

  • cole3244

    i rescue cats, they are more affectionate than anyone realizes, great creatures as are all animals, we should treat them as who they are and not what we want them to be, if we were more like animals it would be a better planet and a safer one, great video.

  • UncleBucky

    Well, could it be that really it is CATS that fetched from the beginning and that it was only that dogs took night classes from cats on how to do that, and then took credit for the invention?

    I mean, maybe cats did THIS right from the beginning, but then dogs made a mess out of it when they learned how:

    Guide Cats for the Blind – Les Barker
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vwoTM-wZXY4

  • Lobonick

    Absolutely nothing dog-like here. Cats are not pack animals. They respond individually. Treat a cat with love, safety, and affection, and the cat will respond with play, love, affection, and unending cuteness. My feline buddy does all of the above!

  • Phil

    Most cats will fetch – when they want to. Most cats will retrieve – also when they want to. Some cats will obey commands – if there’s a reason for them to (their reason, not yours). Siamese or Siamese mixes are leash trainable – there are exceptions both ways.

    I’ve had one that never left my side – he also knew when I was due home in the next few minutes, but we never figured out how. He’d park himself by the china cabinet and watch the door intently. My husband knew from watching him, even if I came home early and unannounced.

    My mother’s cat sits and begs – it’s her way of asking for something. It’s up to you to figure out what she wants. One of my current cats pokes me when he wants something. It’s up to me to figure out what although it’s usually dinner, let me sit in your lap, or come to bed, although he’s been known to let me know I’m oversleeping in the morning or I forgot to make the coffee the night before (go figure!).

  • Constant Comment

    I’ve had many cats who have fetched…cute video.

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