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April 1, 2014 5:34 PM Subscribe
My cat sleeps in my dog's crate when he isn't crated. Is this bad?
posted by floweredfish to Pets & Animals (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a 2 year old dog and a 5 year old declawed tabby. They are both neutered, both male, both physically the same size, and totally buddies. They love playing together. When they are not playing and my dog is roaming free around the house he has a dog bed to hang out in with lots of toys. They don't like curling up together, although they did once and it was cute and happy. We cannot keep the cat away from eating dog food, but we do keep his food out of dog reach (yes, kitteh eats dog food).
Recently (as in the past 3 weeks) when we are all hanging out watching tv at night my dog curls up in his bed and my cat...goes into the dog crate and hangs out?!? He doesn't full on pass out to sleep, just hangs. It's a plastic crate and clean (no smells, no accidents, etc) and my dog has a fleece blanket that he likes in there.
Is this a dominance thing? At night my cat likes to snuggle with me or fall asleep on one of the other 7 zillion soft surfaces (including fleece blankets) all over the house. He will not sleep in the dog bed, only crate when the dog isn't in there. My dog won't go in the crate if kitteh is in there. There is no hissing or barking, only a big WTF look from the dog.
Is this bad? Around the same time my dog has started getting whiney in the morning when I wake up before letting him out of the crate where he hasn't done that since he was a small puppy. I'm worried that kitteh is taking over his den. Thoughts? Or is this fine and they are just weirdos? Allowing my dog to sleep uncreated at night is not an option, we've tried but there is always an accident. :(