Continue reading to discover the incredible similarities between cats and dogs
From diet to exercise and overall habits, you’ll find many contrasts between cats and dogs. Most people are aware of the differences between the two species however there are many things they have in common. Let’s dig deeper to find out the similarities between cats and dogs.
Communication Through Body Language
- Both cats and dogs depend on body language to communicate. This is one of the most evident similarities between the two species. Although dogs bark and cats meow, they convey their signals through body language. But their body signals are quite different from each other.
For instance, when a dog is happy he wags his tail and opens his mouth. On the contrary, a cat opens her mouth and wags her tail when angry. It is helpful to learn the differences in the body language of the two species if you have both pets at home.
- Dogs have always been known for their territorial instincts. It may be surprising to know but cats also possess these instincts. This is what causes these species to protect things that are important to them such as food, toys, home, etc. Although they have somewhat similar territorial instincts, the way they respond to these instincts is quite different.
For example, cats rub or urinate to mark their territory. They do so to drive off other cats that enter their space. In contrast, dogs are much more social than cats. They form packs for companionship and hunting. They do not display rubbing behavior for marking their territory.
Inborn Hunting Intuitions
- Another striking similarity between cats and dogs is their hunting impulses. Both the animals hunt for survival. In the wild, cats and dogs hunt and scavenge to find food. Even though they are not taught how to hunt, they have an inborn strong prey instinct.
Dogs, however, are a little more opportunistic when it comes to finding their prey. But both can easily take down their prey whenever they have to. Cats usually prey on mice, birds, and other smaller animals. Dogs, on the other hand, prey on larger animals like rabbits and squirrels.
- In addition to hunting, body language, and territorial instincts there are health-related similarities between cats and dogs. Both of these species are prone to getting intestinal parasites or worms.
The most common of these parasites are roundworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and giardia. In addition, to similar parasitic infections, the treatment process for these health concerns is also similar.
- To prevent the spread of these parasites, it is essential to clean the litter box regularly. Pet owners should frequently remove feces from the yard and litter box. Children must wash their hands after playing with pets.
In case your cat or dog develops intestinal parasites, take him to the vet. A tool sample is tested to determine the type of parasite and treatment is prescribed accordingly.
Flea And Tick Infestation
- Infestation with fleas and ticks is common in both cats and dogs. One of the essential parts of your pets’ healthcare is keeping them on flea and tick preventives. If you have different types of pets in your home it is important to treat all of your pets. This is because fleas and ticks can spread from one species to another.
Most flea preventives also work for ticks. But it is crucial to ensure that the product being used is safe for your pet. Some products that are safe for dogs may be toxic for cats so make a careful choice. It is better to take your pet to the vet. A vet can prescribe a product that is safe for all pets.
Autumn Trails and Veterinary Center offers the most convenient and comprehensive care for your pets. We offer regular checkups, dental care, and urgent care services for all pets. We are located in Charlottesville, VA. For more information, call us at 434-971-9800.