Hey there! I'm puppy sitting my uncle's pup today and I had her out running around the garden there for a while. I sat down in the grass beside the cat for a while to watch the pup play around and she did a 'play bow' to my cat who then proceeded to arch up, hiss and try slap her! Now, I know that he doesn't know that the dog is only playing (and the pup thought the cat was playing along!) but I really don't want him actually catching her someday in case he hurts the dog and she decides to turn and snap! I wouldn't expect her to, she's an extremely friendly well socialised little thing but who knows how she'd respond to pain.
Keeping them separated isn't really an option as they all share a garden and all love spending time outside. Usually they are friendly enough together (well they tolerate each other!) but today was just a bit of a worry. Today is the first day I've actually sat out on the ground with them though so is it possible that maybe the cat was being protective over me? I haven't really seen cat's being overly protective before so does anyone have experience on this kind of thing? And is there anyway to tell him to behave himself?! haha