Everyone knows that certain things just don’t go together. Like toothpaste and orange juice – and cats and dogs. And despite assurances from some pet owners that their mutt and kitty get on perfectly well, we’re not so sure. We reckon the cat in such households is simply biding its time until it can give that dog the pummeling it’s been asking for. Still, whether you’re a cat person or a dog person, we hope you enjoy this collection of kitties and pooches beating the crap out of each other.
This hilarious picture could be part of a caption competition. The poor dog looks as if it was quietly minding its own business – perhaps breaking a bit of wind or maybe contemplating where its next meal might be coming from – when suddenly, “Banzai! Kitty attack!” This cat is doing a fairly awesome superhero impersonation, but did you know that normal domestic kitties can actually do standing leaps to a height of around five feet? And that’s without running. Beats us feeble humans any day.
“Jingle bells, kitty smells, punch it round the head.” Yep, it would seem that there is very little of the joyful Christmas spirit between these two household pets. In this image, it’s not quite clear which has the upper hand. Although the dog seems to be going to hit the cat with its paw, kitty is prepped and ready to take out the mutt with a sweeping roundhouse kick. Whatever happens, though, fur is sure to fly.
Here, a Siamese kitten has decided to launch a stealth attack on an unsuspecting puppy. You can see that those claws are unsheathed and ready for action – and hopefully the puppy’s aerodynamic ears will help it to fly out of the way in time. Despite cats having a reputation for being clean animals, their claws can be host to all sorts of icky bacteria and germs. If a cat scratches you badly, give the wound a wash, protect any bleeding areas, and keep an eye out for infections.
“If I just tighten my paws around its throat a little more, I should be able to dispatch with this meddling mutt. Mwahahaha!” Okay, perhaps we’re over-exaggerating this kitty’s intentions, but its actions do look somewhat lethal from a distance. Maybe the writers of the James Bond movies had witnessed a similar scene before introducing Blofeld’s cat. After all, every evil villain needs an equally murderous pet to do their bidding from time to time.
The puppy has the kitten pinned in this action-packed image. “Nooo! Lemme go, Dog Breath,” the cat seems to be saying. Although cats and dogs have been painted as sworn enemies, there are of course countless cases of them getting along well. In 2012 an English bulldog nursed a litter of baby kittens after their mother had passed away. Owner Elbert Bristow from Alabama said, “’I’ve had dogs all my life. I’ve trained bird dogs and coon dogs, but this is the first time I’ve ever had a dog take a litter of kittens.” Nonetheless, we wouldn’t recommend trying to force your dog and cat to become best buds; not unless you fancy the possibility of fights like this one.
Image: Peretz Partensky
This boxer dog is at least twice the size of the cat, so she could easily stand up for herself. Instead, though, she’s done a rather cartoonish leap onto her hind legs to avoid the kitty with the arched back. In nature, this dog would have a long tail, but it has apparently been docked. This is a highly controversial dog modification: traditionally, tails would have been docked so that they weren’t injured during fights and when hunting. However, over the years dog breeders have continued to carry out this modification, despite reports suggesting that it may put the animals at a disadvantage. In fact, tail docking is banned or restricted in a large number of European countries, although it is still allowed in the U.S.
This picture is hard to call. Is the kitty pouncing at the greyhound in the hope of finding a tasty bit of ear cheese, or has the dog bribed the cat into perching on its head as a rather fetching furry hat? Headwear or no headwear, greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth: they can sprint at a top speed of 43 mph and have been raced for just over a century. Sadly, after the dogs retire from the track, they have all too often been abandoned or destroyed.
In this chilly encounter, the kitty lies on its back and punches out with its paws while the dog takes a pounce. The cat’s ears are pinned back to its head; this behavior demonstrates that it is in defensive mode, so hopefully the dog will take the hint to back off. Many cats and dogs rather enjoy playing in the snow, and some canines even like snacking on it, too. We’re partial to a bowl of chocolate ice cream ourselves, but each to their own.
Awww. The dog here looks desperate to make friends, but the kitten is having none of it. We’re thinking that the second after this snap was taken, the claws were out and the friendly pooch got a painful scratch on the nose. Apparently, the best way to ensure that your dog gets along with your cat is to introduce the pup to the kitty when the dog is very young. That way, it will grow up around your much-loved cat and will see it as one of the family.
Here, a Chihuahua launches itself at an unsuspecting tabby cat. Well, when you’re the world’s smallest dog species and weigh no more than 10 pounds, it must be tough to find pooches your own size to pick on. According to Animal Planet, Chihuahuas are one of the most kitty-friendly small dog breeds – although clearly nobody informed this dog of that fact. And despite their minute stature and the tendency for them to have health issues, Chihuahuas have bags of personality and character. Great things really do come in small packages.
Oh dear. It looks as though this cat has desperately fled to the top of a tree stump in order to escape the attentions of a boisterous boxer dog. Still, at least if the cat fell from this height – or even higher – it would be able to land on its feet. This “righting reflex” starts to emerge when kittens are about a month old. But how do they do it? It’s all down to their bendy spines and lack of a functional collarbone. Even cats with no tails can perform this impressive gymnastic maneuver.
Image: Liz Saunders
Cat owners know that their pets love rolling around on the floor. However, it’s not so clear whether they particularly enjoy being forced to roll in the snow by an excitable dog. It also looks as if the pooch is having a good sniff at the cat. Incredibly, research shows that some dogs have a sense of smell that is up to 10,000 times more acute than our own. That said, although this may be useful in certain situations, we’re not sure we’d want to smell some things in such an intense way.