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International Cat Day: World's most friendly cat breeds that also bond well with dogs

By, New Delhi
Aug 08, 2023 10:41 AM IST

Let's look at some of the most lovable cat breeds that not only win our hearts but also form strong bonds with their canine counterparts.

One of the world's most popular companions, cats win our hearts in myriad ways from their playful nature to adorable purrs. Fiercely independent, your feline friends do not always like to show their pain and may keep to themselves when struggling with a health problem. Cats are also loved for their expressive eyes, adorable paws, and fur. They have a great sense of balance and when falling off from a height, they often land on their feet due to a flexible skeletal structure. Cats are quite affectionate but their way of expressing it may be different from dogs and they often show their love with gentle headbutts, purring, and spending time in their owner's company. (Also read: Most popular assistance dog breeds and how they help people with disability)

The Ragdoll cat is known for its benevolent and affectionate disposition(Shutterstock)
The Ragdoll cat is known for its benevolent and affectionate disposition(Shutterstock)

"Cat lovers worldwide celebrate International Cat Day on August 8 each year. This day honors our feline companions by highlighting their distinct personalities, behaviours, and the special bond they share with humans and even other animals. While cats are frequently stereotyped as aloof and independent, there are a number of cat breeds that are known for their friendliness and ability to bond well with dogs," says Devanshi Shah, Founder and CEO, Petkonnect.

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Let's look at some of the most lovable cat breeds, which not only win over human hearts but also form strong bonds with their canine counterparts.

The relationship between cats and dogs

Before we get into the specific breeds, let's take a quick look at the fascinating relationship between cats and dogs. Contrary to popular belief, cats, and dogs can coexist peacefully and even form close friendships. Animals, like humans, have distinct personalities, and while some cats and dogs may be wary of each other at first, many can learn to tolerate, communicate, and even form deep bonds.

World's most-friendly cat breeds

Devanshi Shah shares a list of most friendly cat breeds that even get along well with dogs.

1. Ragdoll: The loving behemoth

The Ragdoll cat is known for its benevolent and affectionate disposition as well as its mesmerizing azure gaze and semi-longhaired pelt. The Ragdoll's proclivity to trail behind its owner and its love of human company has earned it the nickname 'canine-like. This breed has excellent compatibility with other dogs, making it an excellent choice for households with multiple pets.

2. Maine coon: The friendly swathe

The Maine Coon is not only one of the most magnificent domestic feline breeds, but it also reigns supreme in terms of sociability. The Maine Coon has a friendly and adaptable personality that allows it to form strong bonds with both humans and dogs. Its playful demeanor and eagerness to engage make it a favored choice for families harboring a medley of animal companions.

3. The Inquisitive Abyssinian

Abyssinians are known for their inquisitive and dynamic personalities, and they love to explore their surroundings and engage in recreational activities. Their adventurous nature blends well with spirited canines, resulting in an exclusive camaraderie that is a sight to behold.

4. Burmese: the pleasurable

Burmese cats have earned the moniker 'canine-like' for their people-centered demeanor. They enjoy familial involvement because they thrive on human interaction. Their adaptability and willingness to interact with other domesticated counterparts, including dogs, make them an excellent addition to households with a variety of animals.

"Cat and dog friendship adds a heartwarming layer to the world of pets. These interactions, whether it's a cat grooming a dog's ears or a dog playfully chasing a cat, highlight the beauty of the animal kingdom. We have the privilege of witnessing these unique connections as pet owners, which remind us of the power of companionship and love," adds Shah.

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