Is Your Dog Actually a Cat?

By: Ian Fortey
Estimated Completion Time
6 min
Is Your Dog Actually a Cat?
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About This Quiz

The great thing about dogs is pretty much everything. But if you had to pick just one thing, you could make the case that dogs are super adaptive to their surroundings. They can be trained to do all kinds of things if you keep at them and they will learn habits from you, too. They'll learn their name, they'll get excited when you come in the door or bark at a stranger who shouldn't be around. They'll play fetch, or dance when they know a treat is coming. They'll do all kinds of fun dog things. But then, every so often, they won't. Sometimes, just sometimes, a dog will very much be a cat and it's hard to figure out why. 

What makes a dog a cat? How can that even be a thing? When you experience it, you know it. When that big dog tries to curl up on your lap. When it begs for tuna. When it just won't do what a pup is supposed to do, then there's a very good chance your dog is just a cat in disguise. Hey, it happens. But did it happen to you? Tell us a little it about your pup and we'll let you know!

When strangers come to the house, does your dog bark or silently judge them from across the room?
There's definite judgment going on.
I might get a bark, but they might just rub up against the stranger, too.
My dog is a huge barker.
My dog's probably just sleeping somewhere.

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Have you ever caught your pup perched up on the back of the sofa?
All the time. My dog loves it up there.
It's happened once or twice that I've seen.
Never
My dog usually sits on its butt on the sofa, leaning on a pillow.

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Let's talk obedience. Does your dog know to come when you call?
Just short of never
Only when I have food
All the time
You know what's weird? My dog shows up before I call sometimes.

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If your dog had the choice to chase something, what would it be?
Mice
A laser
My dog is kind of a fan of chasing its own tail.
Not a thing

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Is the garbage safe if your dog is in the room alone with it?
My dog prefers its snacks to be trash-free, so the garbage is fine.
Depends on what's in it, I'd say.
No trash is safe from my dog.
Oh, yeah.

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How well house-trained is your little friend?
Yeah, my dog will pee on the rug sometimes.
I kind of have to be a psychic to know when it needs to go.
My dog will scratch to go out.
It's weird, but my dog seems to be on a schedule.

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How much time does your dog spend just laying there on its back?
A lot
My dog only does that when it's feeling playful.
Not much
It sleeps that way sometimes, but not always.

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Is your dog willing to eat a can of tuna?
Oh yeah, my dog will dig right into that.
Maybe fresh tuna
My dog is not a fish fan.
If you make it into a sandwich, then sure.

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Have you ever walked into the room only to see your dog alone, staring at the ceiling?
Yes! What is that?
Never seen my dog do it alone like that.
Nope
No, but my dog does watch TV alone.

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Does your dog ever try to sit places where it just doesn't fit?
Constantly
Like my lap? Yeah
Not really
My dog knows its limitations.

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Have you ever put an outfit on your dog only to be met with abject disgust?
Oh yeah, my dog hates clothes.
Sometimes it'll just flop over, so I guess so.
My dog is cool with clothes.
My dog doesn't wear clothes.

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Do you have a friendly pup, or does it have issues getting along with others?
It really needs to get to know another animal before they're cool.
It all depends on the other animal.
My dog loves everything.
My dog is pretty indifferent to most other animals.

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Do you ever get the feeling that your dog thinks maybe you're the pet?
I do get that feeling!
Sometimes it seems that way.
My dog is not that deep.
I think my dog thinks we're equals.

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Let's go for a car ride! Is your dog down?
Haaaaaates the car
My dog doesn't seem to care.
There's nothing my dog loves more than a car ride.
My dog keeps trying to get in the driver's seat.

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If you told your dog to get off the couch, it would absolutely listen, right?
I'd have to physically pick my dog up off the couch.
Maybe?
My dog doesn't go on the couch to begin with.
Maybe if I asked nicely.

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How much time does your dog spend grooming itself?
Tons!
I guess my dog licks itself a little.
My dog is filthy until I bathe it.
My dog seems to keep pretty tidy overall.

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Does your dog actually live with a cat?
My dog was raised with several cats.
Yeah, my dog has a cat friend.
No, my dog doesn't really like cats.
They cohabitate.

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They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. How easily does your dog pick up new habits and skills, anyway?
My dog is pretty good at picking up whatever it's shown.
My dog can get some new tricks down, but not others.
It takes some persistence to train my dog.
I feel like my dog mostly just copies me.

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Aside from the sofa, does your dog ever try to get up on counters or tables?
Tries and succeeds
You can tell it's thinking about it some days.
Thankfully, no
I've seen my dog sitting in chairs if that counts.

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When it comes to bath time, is your dog a fan of the tub or not?
Nope! My dog always fights against bath time.
It's not my dog's favorite time, but we manage.
My dog loves the water!
My dog handles bathtime with quiet dignity.

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Is a trip to the vet easy with your dog?
Not usually
My pup can get a little worked up.
If we're going anywhere, my dog is pretty happy about it.
My dog is pretty OK with it.

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What's your dog like when it's time for bed?
My dog's always curled up napping somewhere.
My dog tries to sleep with me a lot.
My dog has its own bed to sleep in.
My dog likes to have one half of the bed.

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Is your dog the kind that will beg for table scraps?
Yep. Aggressive begging, in fact.
Depends on what we're eating.
My dog will wait patiently to get something.
Not at all

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How easy is it to get your dog all worked up and excited?
Incredibly hard, actually
Some days it's easy, some days it's not.
When I come in from another room, my dog can get excited.
My dog is pretty chill, to be honest.

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Does your dog have a habit of getting underfoot when you're walking around the house?
Constantly
Only when they get really excited, I'd say.
No, my dog knows to keep a little distance.
Nope

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You can't really know what your dog is thinking but, in your opinion, does your dog think it runs the house?
Definitely
Some days my dog gets a little arrogant, sure.
Nah, my dog knows its place.
Seems more like my dog thinks we run the show together.

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If there's a cup of water within reach, what's your dog doing to it?
Knocking it over
Having a drink
Ignoring it
I doubt my dog would notice.

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Has your dog ever chased and caught another animal?
My dog catches mice sometimes.
Tried to chase a cat before, but didn't really succeed.
Nah, I don't let it do that.
Not a big hunter

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If you're heading to the beach for the day, are you bringing your dog with you?
My dog hates the beach.
Maybe, if it's not a busy beach.
My dog loves to swim, so yes.
My dog does like to lie down in the sand.

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If you tossed a steak down for your dog, would it get eaten?
It'd run away with it and eat it in secret.
In a heartbeat
If I gave permission, sure.
Maybe if I cut it up.

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