Dog and Cat Relations

Many people go by the common belief that dogs and cats cannot get along.  However, there have been quite a few cases where a both have lived in the same house and gotten along perfectly.  In even fewer cases, some of the traits of the cats have been passed onto the dogs, such as obsessively cleaning themselves.  In fact, very many dogs can tolerate cats, but for the most part it’s the cat that has to be agreeable. Do you think your dog would get along with one?

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  • Cat at humane society adopts Rottweiler puppy rejected by its own mother.

    Workers at the Meriden Humane Society are marvelling at a short-haired cat that has adopted a six-day-old Rottweiler puppy rejected by its mother.

    The tiny pup, named Charlie by Humane Society volunteers, now nurses alongside a jumble of black and grey kittens recently born to Satin, who was taken to the shelter by an owner unable to care for her.

    Charlie’s mother was found by the side of the road in Meriden a couple of months ago. She gave birth to two puppies, but one was stillborn. And, as sometimes happens with a stillborn in the litter, the mother refused to accept Charlie.

    Volunteers bottle-fed him every two hours, but the effort was exhausting for them and insufficient for the puppy, volunteer Chris Chorney said.

    Research indicated that a suitable substitute could be Satin, who had given birth to four kittens that have quickly warmed to Charlie.

    “The kittens scrum up with him and the kittens treat him like one of their own,” Chorney said. “There’s a certain social benefit of small animals being with each other.”

    Such relationships are not all that unusual in certain circumstances, said Deirdre Chiaramonte, a veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center, a specialty teaching hospital in New York.

    The cozy arrangement between Charlie, Satin and the kittens will likely changes as the pup grows. Full-grown male Rottweilers commonly weigh 45 kilograms.

    Volunteers are hoping that dog owners will volunteer their puppies to be Charlie’s playmates. :em41:

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