I wonder if the reasons that dogs and cats do not get along in most instances, is because of mixed signals?
If you think about it, when a dog approaches another dog who’s tail is wagging, it’s usually a sign of friendliness. The dogs would then progress to sniffing each other and then maybe even playing. A wagging tail in a cat is usually a sign of anger or a precursor to a fight, we’ll be going into the topic of cat communication at some point in the future so keep an eye out for that. A dog who approaches a cat with it’s tail wagging would put a cat into fight mode. The wagging tail by a cat in the dogs eyes may signal to a dog that it could approach the cat. Now there’s a recipe for disaster! I wonder if the purr of a cat would sound like a growl to a dog?