The dog appears to make several attempts to befriend the cat, but is unsure. For a feline that is faced with a dog such as this, Alfie seems relaxed.
According to the Daily Star, @bastfuriends decided to train Alfie in order to protect him from danger, and to prevent him from hunting local wildlife.
The clip has been watched 300,000+ times by the TikTok community. One user comments, “Doggo doesn’t quite know what to make of kitty but definitely positively curious”; someone else writes, “That dog is just like why is a cat out here?! This is great!”
Leashing is great
To train a cat to walk on a lead has several advantages. A cat that is trained to walk with its owner is less likely to fall foul of bigger predators or more dominant cats. To leash your cat is also a great way to prevent the cat from bothering wildlife.
In the UK, hundreds of rare and endangered species of bird and mammal are killed each year by domestic cats with the freedom of the outdoors. The cats might be doing what comes naturally but their love of roaming can, in some areas, be a nuisance.
It is the owner’s responsibility to control their cat and to be mindful of the plight of wildlife.
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