A hilarious video of a cat suddenly slapping a dog has gone viral on TikTok, where it has received 4 million views.
The video shared from the TikTok account @thegoldenbreakfastclub, which follows the lives of Waffles (a 6-year-old cat) and Maples (a 1.5-year-old golden retriever), shows Maples on a sofa, all excited after a man rubs him friendly.
Waffles, sitting at the top of the couch, is then seen reaching out to Maples and suddenly hissing and slapping the dog’s head repeatedly.
“Waffles was just biding his time,” read a caption shared with the post.
Waffles then extends his paw towards Maples again, as the dog gets up to walk away from the cat. The two animals pause for a brief dramatic look before the clip ends.
The American Veterinary Medical Association states, “Socialization is the process of preparing a dog or cat to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places, and activities.
“Ideally, socialization should begin during the ‘sensitive period’ which is between 3 and 14 weeks for puppies, and between 3 and 9 weeks for kittens.”
As volatile and antagonistic as the gopher and maple tree interaction in the viral video may seem, are dogs and cats really enemies?
An August 2020 study published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS A said that most cohabitations between dogs and cats are “peaceful”. While it’s true that they “speak different languages,” cats and dogs “seem to understand each other well and interpret each other’s approaches in the right way.”
For example, if the cat approaches with its tail raised, the dog “responds friendly”, while if the dog approaches with its tail raised, the cat responds with “aggressive behavior”.
Dogs and cats from the same household sleep and play together, and few owners in the study reported “mutually aggressive interactions.”
According to the study, “the dog has a more active approach with heterospecies, with sociable or aggressive responses towards cats, while the cat prefers to ignore or flee at the sight of a dog” and “more dogs lick the cat and more cats ignore the dog than the other way around.”
Several TikTok users were angry at the interaction between waffles and maples.
In a comment that got over 15,000 likes, Susan T said, “Cat really said not on my watch.”
User Branin Daywalker said: “The dog is like ‘what’s your problem man. “”
Newsweek contacted the original poster for comment. The latest video has not been independently verified.
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