When a French bulldog puppy discovered his roommate cat had planted itself on his bed, he decided to reclaim his dominion, resulting in a hilariously one-side tug of war (video below).
Pixel, a 10-week-old French bulldog, is a diminutive tub of love. Eager to establish himself in his new household, it would only make sense that he would be a tad territorial. Which is why when he found the house cat resting in his green bed, he resolved to coax the feline off of the cushion, according to Shareably.
If only the cat was remotely intimidated by the little pooch.
As Pixel latches his teeth onto the hem of the of the bed and tries to drag it across the floor with all of his might, the feline watches in baffled amusement.
Undeterred, Pixel maintains his grip of the bed, yanking it back in fits and starts, his portly body applying all of its might. Instead of forcing his uninvited guest out of his bed, it looks more like he is just giving him an adorable carriage ride. The cat, either not taking the hint or not caring, eventually curls into a ball and enjoys the trip.
Eventually, Pixel gives up on tugging along the bed and seems to give the cat a greeting with his paw before darting around the bed, trying to scare the feline from his perch. The cat watches, fascinated by his cuddly buddy's enthusiastic hopping.
This is a benign example of a dog and a cat clashing over territory. Oftentimes, land disputes end in tears for the interspecies pets.
Behavioral scientists assert that the competition and sometimes infighting between cats and dogs is not a sign that they hate each other, but a manifestation of their primal instincts.
"Little furry things that move quickly are very interesting to a lot of dogs," Dr. Jill Sackman of BluePearl Veterinary Partners told The Dodo. "This is intrinsically part of their biology and drive. That said, I think most dogs that are raised in a home with a cat learn to habituate with a cat and get along very well."
A Tel Aviv University study found that 10 percent of pet owners with both a dog and a cat reported them fighting with each other, while 25 percent said they were indifferent to each other's existence. The study's author, Professor Joseph Terkel, notes that cats and dogs can have fraught relationships because their respective species communicate with different behavioral cues, Science Daily reports.
Terkel added that despite the communication gap, he found many dogs and cats would adapt to each other and get along to make for a more harmonious household.
"We found that cats and dogs are learning how to talk each other's language," Terkel said. "It was a surprise that cats can learn how to talk 'Dog' and vice versa."
While Pixel and the house cat don't seem to be speaking each other's language just yet, they do seem to have an adorable rapport.