Why do dogs naturally hate cats?

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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.

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Dogs, even toy breeds, still retain some of the hunting instincts that served their wild ancestors.

Dogs enjoy chasing cats not because they hate cats, but because a fast-moving feline triggers a strong, natural instinct that takes training and socialization to override.

cats and Dogs also communicate differently.

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Dogs have a natural instinct to chase smaller animals that flee, an instinct common among cats.

Even cats and Dogs that have got along together in the same household may revert to aggressive reactions due to external stimuli, illness, or play that escalates.

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Dogs, even toy breeds, still retain some of the hunting instincts that served their wild ancestors.

Dogs enjoy chasing cats not because they hate cats, but because a fast-moving feline triggers a strong, natural instinct that takes training and socialization to override.

cats and Dogs also communicate differently.

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Dogs enjoy chasing cats not because they hate cats, but because a fast-moving feline triggers a strong, natural instinct that takes training and socialization to override.

cats and Dogs also communicate differently.

A wagging tail on a Golden Retriever often indicates playfulness.

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Dogs have a natural instinct to chase smaller animals that flee, an instinct common among cats.

Most cats flee from a dog, while others take actions such as hissing, arching their backs and swiping at the dog.

After being scratched by a cat, some Dogs can become fearful of cats.

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The answer is no, cats and dogs don't actually hate each other.

When cats and dogs take issue with each other, it has much more to do with predatory instincts and communication issues.

When a dog grows up in the same home as a cat, or other small animals, he gets used to the cat and doesn't see her as prey.

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But out there, cats and dogs don't "hate" or "love" each other more or less than any other species.

In fact, both would probably rather avoid the other and pick on easier prey.

However, cats and dogs are forced to interact when we bring them home and plop them into our living rooms.

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