Puppies ambush cat with kisses and cuddles
Video footage caught the moment when a group of Golden Retrievers decided to puppy pile onto an unsuspecting cat.
Published on the 02/03/2019, 17:00, Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:27
The short clip shows about a dozen puppies showering a cat with licks and snuggles.
The video starts with the pups surrounding the kitty, who appears to be completely unaware of what's about to happen.
You can see puppies jostle around the cat, but it quickly becomes clear that they only want to make friends with their so-called sworn enemy.
A mystery owner then rescues the cat from the puppy scrum and lowers it onto a step which the puppies can't get to.
Knowing that it's safe for known, the cats regain it's composure and appears completely unfazed by the experience.
The enthusiastic pups may have thought the cat was the newest member of the pack, or maybe they were just interested in making a new, but slightly unusual, furry friend.
The short video confounds traditional expectations of the ways cats and dogs relate to each other. Often portrayed as the best of enemies, they can live relatively harmoniously.
The keys to a successful relationship
A new study in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior has turned many of our old assumptions of their head. For example, the study found that rather than being the natural aggressors, domestic dogs are far more likely to be threatened by their kitty housemates than vice versa.
But while cats and dog can co-exist peacefully, there are some clearly defined boundaries between the species. The study shows that sharing foods, toys, and bedding was rare. It did find examples of dogs and cats grooming each other, but again, this was infrequent.
Researchers also pointed out some findings on what makes a good dog/cat relationship; being exposed to each other from an early age is very effective. They also found more harmonious relationships in pet pairings where the cat had been brought into the household first.