Sophia and Sasha Begin to Play
This is a new behavior from both of them. The first time it occurred was about a week ago (they’ve been living together for 15 months – since Sophia was a pup). It seems like play and it seems like they are both comfortable with it. I’ve seen Sasha frightened and fearful; it’s very loud and very scary. This behavior is the complete opposite.
It’s amazing to watch two different species learn each other’s language particularly when it comes to dogs and cats, in which similar body language, often times, means completely different things.
Sophia’s adjusted her dog to dog play behavior to a more gentle approach to accommodate and entice Sasha. There are times when Sasha will chase Sophia and times when Sophia will chase Sasha. There are also times when Sasha will have had enough and run down the hallway with Sophia in pursuit, not realizing the game should be over. Even then, it all seems to remain under control. Sasha has many places throughout the house she can jump up on that Sophia can’t and she hasn’t used them. Nor has she retreated to the basement (her foolproof safe space where Sophia isn’t allowed).
I’m sure she’s cool with this and it fills my heart to watch her continually evolve into a confident cat with friends from different species. For now, I remain vigilant in observation without unnecessary intervention because, well, Sophia IS a terrier with a high prey drive to chase little critters in the woods….