We expect our animals to behave a certain way. Dogs bark, cats meow, birds tweet. We can train dogs to do certain things, but for many, it would be easier to tip over the Empire State Building with their bare hands than train a cat to do anything except not poop outside the litter box. That’s why it was so pleasantly surprising to see this piece regarding a cat who is more like a canine than a feline .
This video is from a news report about a man who has a cat named Marley. He plays fetch, does tricks like shaking hands and allows himself to be walked on a leash. I say ‘allows” because you really can’t get a cat to do anything he or she doesn’t want to do. This is one cat that has a lot of dog-like traits in him though. There’s even a scene of a dog barking at him as he walks down the street. He doesn’t even flinch at that.
Marley is so cute to watch. He loves riding in his daddy’s convertible, in the front passenger seat. He even stands with his front paws on the dashboard, watching everything go by. I’d need an hour of trying to get my cat into a crate to even get IN the car. So jealous there. Though I’m not sure what happens when he has to go to the vet. Maybe he needs the crate then, since I can’t imagine him willingly hopping into the car then.
We’ve seen other videos of cats who seem to have dog brains implanted into them. My older cat can act like a dog in that he’s constantly seeking attention. It’s always an interesting juxtaposition of the two behaviors. The only time I saw a cat on a leash, he was lying on the sidewalk with an “I ain’t moving” expression on his face. I think most cat owners would encounter that same thing. There’s a very good chance Marley is the exception, not the norm.
I loved watching Marley in action though. Have you had any luck with getting your cat to do anything like this? If so, feel free to tell us about your experiences in the comments section.
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