Hello- I'm new to the site :-) I have a 6 year old Basenji and 2 ferrets that are all the best of friends. My Basenji is also in love with my cat, when she comes in my Basenji (Pearl) thinks she has to run over to her and try to get her to play with her. The cat hates her most of the time. Pearl is pretty clever at getting attention as well. Sometimes when she isn't getting enough attention she will run to the cat and aggrivate it just enough to get swat at, then come to one of us crying. If we don't pay attention to her still, she will do it again. I have a few audio clips of her, but no video :( Maybe some day. I should get a picture of Pearl and the ferrets together. I was told absolutely not to trust her around little critters but she loves them to death. She even goes for walks with them, and will growl at anyone that comes near them. :-)
In any other case, that would be my first impression. However she is extremely protective over these little guys, even cuddles up and sleeps with them. She's also our little tattletale–The ferrets disappear we tell her to go find them. She'll tell us exactly where they are. It's cute.
It's a constant love/hate relationship between our cat and Basenji. We have had to "modify" our home by installing 4 ft baby gates. Thank god the cat hasn't figured out how to jump over this yet :)
Any time the cat darts through the house I grab him and put him on the other side of the gate for some "time out time" he will sit there and howl.
I have to admit though…in the beginning I thought this that it wasn't play. They looked like they wanted to do damage to eachother but now I see that it really is play but it does get out of hand. Seperating your house is a really good thing to do.
Those pictures were very cute. Our one cat, Amber, looks exactly the same. Dash can be too rough with Amber so when she feels overwhelmed she runs into the basement until Dash calms down. But they commonly sleep together. Our other cat, Giz, is older and Dash doesn't bother him at all. I think it is because Giz doesn't run.