Post # 1
My precious cat is great. In addition to being adorable he has a number of characteristics that compared to all other cats I’ve encountered, look rather dog-like.
He wags his tail, a lot. Usually when he’s happy. He plays fetch with foam golf balls. He meows very sharply (like a “yip”) to get attention or talk to me. He sits by the door when he hears the garage door open. He follows DH and I around the house.
He still acts like a cat. He’s a great lap cat and a good foot-warmer. He purrs like crazy. He’s mastered the “I-run-this-house,-not-you” and the “dammit,-I-can-see-a-portion-of-the-bottom-of-my-food-bowl,-fill-it-this-instant” looks. Aside from the more social characteristics, he’s like every other cat I’ve met.
As far as I can tell, this is just his personality, he’s a shelter cat and doesn’t have any specific breed features that we can tell. Fortunately he is only in middle-cat-age so he has many years left, but my family have had 4 cats over the course of my life prior to my current cat, and while all of them were wonderful in their own right, none of them acted like this. Which makes me a little sad thinking about when we get our next cat if the next cat will have a fun personality.
Which leads me to my question: have any of you other Bees had (or encountered) a cat with a more dog-like personality?
Post # 3
We call our boy cat “cat dog”, since he has dog traits….lol
Post # 4
@mrs_pudding_pop: Haha! I have been known to call kitty “puppy” although he’s old enough to no longer be in the age range for either.
Post # 5
Yeah, my cat plays fetch, comes when I whistle, and is as needy as a dog. He’s turning 13 this year and he’s still just as fun as he was as a kitten (but now he snores). He’s the best cat I’ve ever had, so I know what you mean about the next cat you get.
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
We have a male cat Tucker who has 3 toys that are “his”. You don’t touch them, look at them or even come near them. They are a yellow banana, a pink pillow and a yellow duck. All of them stuffed and fairly small. He’ll bat them around and chase them around the house. More often they get knocked under the stove or couch and he’ll just lay there trying to reach them with his paws, but because we have hard wood and tile floors upstairs more often he just moves them further out of reach. I’ll then grab a swiffer duster because it extends and when he sees that thing he gets so excited like “YES!!! They’re gonna get my toys for me!” He’ll rub up against the duster, he’ll rub up against me, he’ll jump on me as I’m trying to reach his toy. It’s like he’s more excited knowing I’m trying to help him than actually getting to play with his toys again. What’s funny though is I’ll be sitting on the couch and he’ll bring me his toy and drop it at my feet or on my lap. I’ll throw it across the room, he’ll chase it, bat it around, then bring it back to me.
He also greets you at the door. I never gave it much thought when I’d come home and he’d be at the door until one day I was home sick from work and my FI came home. Tucker was in his cat condo sleeping when all of a sudden he lifts his head up, kind of gives this short “meow” like “HUH?”, jumps down off the condo and runs to the door. I just sat there watching, pretty amused at what he was doing. When my FI walked through the door Tucker starts meowing and “jumping” on my FI, putting his front paws on his legs and meowing until FI would pet him.
We also have a female cat Sookie, who couldn’t care less about playing fetch or greeting you at the door. But she likes to beg for food lol.
Post # 7
@LittleCricket: I had a cat that was like a dog (maine coon mix)! Best cat ever and I had him for 18 years. He played fetch, came when he was called, liked belly rubs and would beg. I definitely miss that cat.
Post # 8
@NurseMandie: All of Tucker’s behaviors are ones I have noticed in my cat. Especially the response to trying to retrieve his toys!
This is making me wonder if this is more of a gender-cat thing than not. Toby is my first male cat and it looks like everyone who has similar behaving cats also have males.
Post # 9
My cat is a cat dog too haha. He begs for people food like a dog. He wags his tail. He is hilarious.
Post # 10
Yeeeeeeah our little kitty is part dog brain. lol
Post # 11
I haven’t really noticed our cat doing that, other than fetching a milk carten ring when thrown. But our dog does do a lot of cat things, such as licking her paw and cleaning her face.
Post # 12
My cat is the same way. She doesn’t fetch as much anymore, but she definitely did when she was a kitten. She’s almost always at the door when I come in and if she’s not, I just have to call her name and she comes running. My old cat used to play tag with our dog all the time, they were best buddies. They were both shelter cats too, if that makes a difference.
Post # 13
- Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge
@LittleCricket: It might be a gender thing. I had a cat when I was 12 named Tiger who was male. He was an outdoor cat and he would come when I whistled. That cat would be no where in sight and I’d get home from school and whistle and here he’d come running down the street to meet me.
Post # 14
My boy cat does tricks, comes when called, and is very clever. He’s great.
Post # 15
My cat is a Siamese and they are known to be very sociable, talkative cats. Mine comes running when you call him and has the best most dog-like personality ever. I shudder to think of the day he passes on. He’s 15 years old and still as spry as ever so hopefully he will live a long life!
Post # 16
One of my cats is very dog like. She sometimes plays fetch. She does a lot of things on command, like hug. People are often shocked when she gives hugs lol