Why does my cat act like a dog? I’ll start by giving you a brief history of domestic cats so that you can somehow see and understand the roots of this behavior. Domestic cats fall under the Felidae family.
They have been proven to have originated from wild ones. Scientists have been able to trace the first housed cat in the Middle Eastern countries, at the Fertile Crescent. Between 70000 to 100000 years ago by farmers. The cats helped in catching rodents and other pests that raided the farmer’s produce. From then on they saw the need for them to live with a man for security and food (for survival).
Cats are Hunters in nature and only feed on meat. Other cat habits include grooming playing and urine marking. Over the years some started changing and acting like their cousins family Canidae, developing their habits, for instance, learning commands and fetching balls.
How is this even possible?
They have a common ancestor
Cats and dogs are believed to have a common ancestor, the tree mammal, Dormaalocyon latouri. It’s an old species of carnivorous mammals that existed over fifty-five million years ago.
They are also affectionate
Just like dogs, they long for your affection and like to be around you. Others even accompany you as you run errands.
Cats are intelligent
They can understand your commands and learn new tricks just like dogs. This means that from time to time, they may be tempted to pull some stunts often done by their canine counterparts.
They keep evolving for survival
It is an adaptation mechanism. For them to keep being taken care of and co-exist with human beings, cats develop an urge to please us.
Living with dogs
They may have spent a lot of time with their cousins. This causes them to adopt some habits from them hence mirror each other. You could relate this to the famous quote you are a reflection of who you spend most of your time with.
Cats are social beings
Dogs and cats have some similar habits. Like playing around and being around people.
You may be curious about which breeds of cats that are likely to act like dogs. Here, I have with me 6 of them.
- The Abyssinian
It has the appearance of a wild cat. The Abyssinian is very active, likes to jump around and to climb. Guess what, it can be taught a few tricks and be trained. Yes trained! These cats that act like dogs can be prepared.
- The Turkish Angora
It’s a natural breed that originated from turkey in the 15th century hence its name. The Turkish Angora is just as loyal as a dog. They are playful and social as well.
- The Maine coon
Very large likes being around you and others, very playful and like to fetch toys just like dogs.
- Burmese breed
Descendants of Siamese and copper cats. They are lap cats and like your company. Perhaps watch TV with you or read the newspaper. They were kept by priests in temples and also palaces way back.
- The Manx Breed
It’s gentle likes to follow you around, fetches toys and is very playful.
- The Ragdoll
The Ragdoll is very affectionate and likes to cuddle. Quickly gets along with people and other animals especially dogs. It wants to follow you around as well.
I believe that since you have come across this article, your curiosity has been fed. You are no longer asking why does my cat act like a dog?’ but are now able to say I greatly understand why cats are likely to act like dogs’.
Perhaps even share these newly learned information with your friends and family who are probably in the dark as you were and probably thinking it to be surreal.