• For some reason Abbey LOVES cats, and most of the cats in our neighborhood like her. She just marches right up to them and if they don't lay a claw in her nose she thinks she's made a new friend!


  • We had Ushe and Neish the cats before we got Marley-mutt. He chases them in the house and pins them down and it can be a nightmare. So much so the cats live mostly outside now!

    However, take Marley-mutt for a walk down the road and both the cats will come for a walk and he won't give two hoots about them!

    They can also eat his food and sleep in his bed at night and Marley just looks at them!


  • When I have had cats with my basenjis everything has always been more or less fine because the cats didn't run away.

    One of my cats used to walk with us (me and Basenjis) but only to the end of his territory which usually was about three miles. He would then wait in the spot until we returned and take up the walk home. When we returned a different way, I would always have to go back to where he stayed to get him to return. Once I couldn't go back because my oldie had hurt her paw and he stayed in the spot until I returned 2 days later!!

  • Houston

    Poor cat, how quirky..
    I used to have a cat, Daisy, that would follow us on walks, for a few blocks, then she would turn around and go back..she always walked about 15 feet behind us..so funny.


  • @Patty:

    When I have had cats with my basenjis everything has always been more or less fine because the cats didn't run away.

    One of my cats used to walk with us (me and Basenjis) but only to the end of his territory which usually was about three miles. He would then wait in the spot until we returned and take up the walk home. When we returned a different way, I would always have to go back to where he stayed to get him to return. Once I couldn't go back because my oldie had hurt her paw and he stayed in the spot until I returned 2 days later!!

    That's is amazing! I have never heard of anything like that. My cats would greet me coming down the driveway or side walk only. But never follow me past the house.


  • One of our Cats Tom used to follow on dog walks, he tended to do it in the evening when it's a bit quieter. If we went to the nearby park that was fine and he would come quite away before picking a spot to wait for us so like you Helena we had to go back the same way. He sometimes followed us to the shop, darting in and out of gardens along the way but i discouraged this as my nerves couldn't stand him being near the road. We certainly got some looks from people 🙂
    At present we are unfortunately dog free so Tom will have to walk alone 😞


  • Sammy, mostly walked ahead and when he heard a car approaching (usually from quite a distance away) he would disappear into the nearest hedge. I was immediately alerted to gather the Basenjis in to the side of the road.

    Yes, he was a very quirky cat. He also used to come and help when we were gathering the sheep.

    He died of an old age some years ago but we still miss him. My two oldies still always perk their ears when they see a ginger cat (Sammy was a ginger) so I'm sure they miss him too.


  • Cassie, our 1.5 year old, loves to chase the cats. Buddy will stand up to her but Carmel runs like the wind, which only intices Cassie more. Panda, 10 weeks, is fairly mellow. Will walk up to both cats but only sniffs. Cassie will actually pin the cats down if given the chance, but luckily no injuries to day (knock on wood).


  • Sumi, my almost 9-year-old, 7 lb (3.2 kg) Feline of Questionable Heritage has a habit of training dogs. She doesn't put up with nonsense and dogs quickly learn she has sharp points. She flat refuses to run from any dog. She'll lay the trap: lie on her side with her belly showing and dare the dog to put his nose in there. I've never seen a dog do it more than once. In her case, it's up to her who she chooses to get along with. If she chooses not to get along, she will sit high on her kitty tree and watch from afar.


  • Both Abby and Cooper love my cat, love to chase him. He's pretty smart though he's know how to get away from them. We have our formal dining room blocked off with baby gates so he can go in there and eat and not be bothered by the dogs. Plus apparently Cooper looooooves cat food. Then again Cooper loves all food.

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