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City Dogs and Why Must I Chase The Cat?

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Why Should Cats Chase Dogs?

A dog and a cat face off. The cat is displaying defensive posture typical of interactions between a cat and dog that have not been socialized. And then it happens. Kitty pounces. Have you ever noticed this? While walking my dog in the city, the Feral cats were really doing their thing. I found this odd. Typically, it’s the other way around, with the dogs leaping and lunging towards those cats and kittens, really trying to get a bite. I’d like to know more on this dynamic. Because the last thing I ever expected to have to do is to lift my dog swiftly to save her from the clutches of an aggressive cat, … let’s get into it. Our topic of discussion is City Dogs and Why Must I Chase The Cat? next, on thedoggyperspective.com.

 

Why Must I Chase The Cat?

First, let me say, that a little antiseptic goes along way. What? You thought I lifted my dog to safety pre – pounce? Au contraire. Those little kittens are fast. SHAMELESS PLUG – Have care products on hand for your fur babies, please. You just never know. Who remembers Bactine? Same concept. Luckily, a little first aid and two pumps of Betagen does the trick.

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Plenty of people coexist with both dogs and cats residing in their homes. A kitten and a dog that have been socialized and interact with each other without aggression. That’s not what I am speaking of. I mean, real aggression between the two. The primal instinct they both were born with, when unchecked, is frightening to watch. Well, at least it is for me. It is no turn on, or wow! would you look at that? moment. Nope, no m’am. That is the moment that I cringe in disbelief at the impending professional fees about to occur. I checked it out.

Cats and dogs have a range of interactions. The natural instincts of each species lead towards antagonistic interactions, though individual animals can have non-aggressive relationships with each other, particularly under conditions where humans have socialized non-aggressive behaviors.

Interesting. That is a phenomenon that has not yet occurred for my pet. She clearly makes the distinction between indoors and family, and then outdoors + I don’t know you. She does not frolic happily and bound about with the others easily. I’ve seen big dogs do this. 20 dogs or more in the park, greeting each other, woofing, and playing ‘nice’. No facing off. Kind of incredible the way that instinct has been squelched then replaced with humanisms. Yea. No. Sophia requires leads and barriers [fences], supervision and treats to accomplish this.

Wikipedia explains the signals and behaviors that cats and dogs use to communicate are different and can lead to signals of aggression, fear, dominance, friendship or territoriality being misinterpreted by the other species. Dogs have a natural instinct to chase smaller animals that flee, an instinct common among cats. See that? That’s what I am looking for. How is it that this cat has flipped the script? Question: Does size matter? Is it the fact that my dog is smallish that led to this interaction? Most cats flee from a dog. Others take actions such as hissing, arching their backs and swiping at the dog. Watch out.

Who Is The Boss?

Well, I am. That’s who. Size does matter. I believe firmly that kitty would not have tried this with a 30 or 40 pound dog. To help Sophia forget about it, I gave her 2 P-Nuttier Classic Oven-Baked Dog Biscuits made by Old Mother Hubbard Baking Company. What a Sunday. Did you know Sunday was National Dog Biscuit Day? Well it was, and to celebrate, Fifth Third Bank is kicking off their newest campaign of strengthening families and building stronger communities.

Starting from National Dog Biscuit Day, they will be giving out dog biscuits from Beer City Dog Biscuits to any customer who brings their dog with them to the bank! In Grand Rapids, I should say. Fifth Third Bank has recently partnered with Beer City Dog Biscuits to not only show love to dogs who visit their branches throughout Grand Rapids but also support a company who is doing good for the community.

Bravo! What we get in our city is Milk Bones down to the bank (thank you 🙂 ) . I mentioned this because this effort is empowering the disabled through the creation of the biscuits. The biscuits are hand-made, packaged, and labeled by Brew Bakers, a team of disabled adults from the community. [Fifth Third Bank News] Their mission is to provide their Brew Bakers with an opportunity to be productive everyday while also teaching them valuable skills to use in the future. The skills include baking, planning demand, identifying sales opportunities, processing orders, and counting cash/credit sales. This company is dedicated to supporting and empowering disabled adults in their personal and professional growth!

Next time you take a trip to Fifth Third Bank, make sure to bring your four legged friend to get a tasty treat!

 

Take This Walk Seriously, City Dogs.

I know. You know what to do. But complacency slips in, I am telling you. It’s time to refresh. When you take your dog to a different area for a little variety to help keep them sharp, remember that you too, need to be alert so you both stay safe.

Today’s etiquette queues are from the good folks at Petfinder.com. It goes …

  1. Let Your Dog Walk in Front. …
  2. Curb Your Dog. …
  3. Always Scoop the Poop. …
  4. Realize Not All Dogs Are Friendly. …
  5. Teach Your Dog Basic Commands.

Amen!!

And the ‘choir’ at Petguide.com backs them up with…

Walking your dog in an urban metropolis isn’t for the faint of heart. Before leaving your high-rise, check everything off this 12-step checklist.

Here’s a simple 12-step program for urban pet parents to ensure Rover remains a welcome part of the neighborhood:

  1. Before you head out, mentally play out where you intend to take your pooch. If errands are to be run, or coffee to be had, can he accompany you into the building? If no, don’t take him. Leaving him tied to a tree outside your destination can invite theft or injury should he become frightened and break free.

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  1. If his walk starts and ends with a ride on an elevator, ensure he is well-mannered and sits quietly. Many people are anxious around dogs – even friendly ones – and confined in a small space isn’t the time to convince them otherwise. Know the rules, some buildings require you to use freight elevators and back exits when you are accompanied by a dog.
  2. While you may have trained your dog to walk on your left, city dogs are quick to find all that “good stuff” we humans drop on the ground. Urban pet parents should have their dog walk slightly ahead of them so they can spot all those same goodies before Rover does.
  3. Keep him leashed. For his safety and that of others, you need to have a means to pull him back if he suddenly bolts. Even if your boy is friendly, a sudden noise, cyclist, or skateboarder could cause him to panic. A leash will help you keep him safe while allowing others to pass. Many urban centers even have laws regarding the length of leash that can be used on public sidewalks (typically six feet or less).

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  1. Lose the retractable. Retractable leashes are used for training purposes, not for regular dog walking. Additionally, it can be too easy to lose control of a dog you’ve allowed to stroll 20 feet ahead of you. And if he’s a larger breed and suddenly lurches at something you can’t see, you can lose the lead entirely.
  2. Yellow leashes. Gaining momentum in some areas is the Yellow Dog Project. Pet parents use a yellow lead or attach a prominent yellow ribbon to the leash in what is becoming a universal sign for “my dog isn’t that friendly”. But never expect new initiatives such as this to take the place of good pet parenting and responsible dog walking.
  3. Do your doo diligence. Yes, there is no question that your dog is going to drop to a squat the moment a group of people approach. Remain cool, allow nature to happen, and then reach for your trusty poop bag. I always scope out the nearest garbage cans in advance – no need to carry any longer than necessary, right?
  4. Always Pee Polite. Yes, still on the topic of dog elimination, don’t allow your little guy to dampen trees and flowerbeds someone has spent time carefully cultivating. Train him to urinate in gutters or vertical surfaces such a lamppost or the proverbial fire hydrant. And don’t allow him to squat at will. Guide him to the curb, away from high traffic (both foot and car) areas for easy clean-up.
  5. If you’re walking a highly nervous Nelly, desensitization training may be just the ticket. It focuses on making your pooch comfortable in hectic surroundings and involves gradually increasing the levels of distraction presented to him under unpredictable conditions. Similar to what service dogs for the blind undergo. Speak to a trainer to learn more about how this may help your little guy adjust to his city walkies.
  6. The ASPCA has developed a list of the four basic commands your city pooch should know for his own safety. They include” Sit-Stay”, “Heel”, “Come” and “Leave It”. This last one is used when it’s necessary for your dog to break focus on an unhealthy or unsafe activity – e.g. zeroing in on a passing jogger or a discarded food item. He learns that when he obeys this command, there will be a treat for him.
  7. Stay connected. Walking with your dog should be an enjoyable opportunity for you both to reconnect. Lose the iPhone, and focus on him, your surroundings, and reinforcing trained skills. Remember, he considers you the pack leader on this walk.
  8. If your little guy is acting skittish, don’t hesitate to ask even the most well-intentioned people not to pat him. It doesn’t have to be rude and can do all of you a big favor if your dog is feeling irritable.

From Our Table

Source High Protein/Grain Free Meal Topper Seabream Recipe in Broth, Flaked

Okay guys and gals, this is a surprise find. The packaging caught my eye and I grabbed a packet and began to read. Again, I will say this is a good one. This has a great, fresh look. Lots of broth is here. And there is 3 oz of flaked fish. There are other flavors and formulas if you are choosing to go with variety. I chose to serve this to my dog over 1/2 cup of dry kibble. It has just three ingredients.

  • Seabream
  • Fish Broth
  • Guar Gum

For those of you counting calories to maintain your pet’s weight, or trying to slim the dog down, you’ll get 472 kcal/kg, 40kcal/pouch.

Tails.co has excellent information on pet weight loss. About 470 kcals is all a 20 lb dog can handle. So, adjust the dry kibbles accordingly. Dogs, on average, need about 30 calories per pound of body weight per day to maintain their current weight. … If your dog is overweight, increase his exercise, and feed him smaller meals, totaling about 60% of the typical calories required for its ideal weight.

It’s a smart little envelope in my opinion. Take advantage. It’ll help you tremendously to recognize proper portion sizes and caloric intake. If you think about it, an envelope such as this one, takes the guesswork out of feeding time.

I am happy with this purchase and have no qualms about repurchasing. Because of the amount of food, its fresh appearance, easy to handle packaging, and excellent price point, thedoggyperspective.com gives this 3 ingredient product 5.0 stars. The star review varies greatly [Influenster.com]. I checked for satisfaction based on verified purchasers. From what I could find, the majority of purchasers that actually tried the product, gave this a rating of 4.5. So, that’s an actual star rating of

4.5 of 5 stars.

Okay Now, Time For A Walk

I’d love to stay, but, I gotta go!! Incessant nudging from Sophia’s nose is making it difficult to continue. She has removed my right hand from this keyboard five times within the last three minutes and she is not having it, okay? Lesson learned. Stop typing, add sneakers, grab poo bags & leash, OPEN DOOR NOW.

Oh well, I am kinda excited now that we’re out here today. I am sassy with those poo bags. Bright neon orange, and artsy fartsy with cute pizzas and graffiti slogans … ‘In Pizza We Trust’. Yep, little pizza pies right on the bags. Being the poo bag snob that I am, I snap the first one off of the roll Las Vegas style. I mean, heads turned this time. I am proud of her, you know? She is running full speed down the gale. Her tail is curly, yet, it is extended straight behind her as she runs into the wind. Ears too. So far away, and I can see her smiling. I wonder what she is thinking about? [just moooooore running, probably] .

I have to rein her in so she’ll concentrate on the task at hand. Around this tree and that, then behind that thingamabob, and I have never noticed thoses befores … I catch up. Because she can get beneath that space and I cannot, I missed a ‘pizza’. But, at the end of the day, we’ve got two pies to go.

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Thanks for stopping by.

Jacquelyn

The Doggy Perspective

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3 Comments

  1. Thanks for the entertaining and informative article on city dogs and why I must chase the cat and much more. I really got a chuckle or three reading through the post, and found myself nodding up and down in agreement too with some of your points. Animals are strange beasts, and pets that we take into our family provide endless hours of companionship and support.

    Having two natural enemies under one roof can be an arduous experience until they learn to live with one another, and as you say, when walking the dogs, most certainly they can be vulnerable to the feral cats that are out there, especially in the city and more populated areas.  It pays to have some medication handy and also know how to walk them properly for their protection and yours. I loved the rest of the article and will be trying some of the treats and food that you mention. Good stuff!

  2. Wonderful article. Very informative as well for dog owners. I did not know about the yellow dog project. I will be reading up more on this. I am a dog mom to a small beagle mix who loves to follow her nose and sniff out cats in the neighborhood. Most cats, however, are actually bigger than my little baby, we have 2 cats in the neighborhood that will actually chase my dog. Anyways great article, even greater information. I enjoyed reading it.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by to read the article. I have included a link for you that provides more information about The Yellow Dog Project. Not everyone is lucky enough to adopt a pet that’s super sweet and well behaved from the beginning. This takes work. And while the animal is working through behavior issues, the yellow lead is a sure sign for other dog owners in the environment to be on their toes. Accidents happen, but this helps to alert everyone that an issue exists in the meantime. Most Beagles are known to be good-natured and peaceful with everyone. I am guessing this is the case for you? Like me, keep an eye out for those rascally cats! Happy Beagle walking :).

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