Labrador Enlists the Help of the Cat to Get to Treats She Couldn’t Reach

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Just like human siblings, sometimes cats and dogs get along and sometimes they do not. Ruby is a Labrador Retriever who recently learned how to move things around by pushing them with her nose, and she found that it can come in handy. Ruby's dad posted the video at the beginning of July of the two 'on a mission' to get to some treats he left behind, thinking they were out of the pair's reach.

Ruby decided to move a hamper right next to the dresser so she could reach them and quickly realizes she still can't grab them. She needs her sister's help, a cat named Pearl, to reach the treats, with a promise that she'll share them with her. Pearl wasn't interested until Ruby said she'd share. Watch as the two of them work together to get to them, and what happens when Ruby finally grabs them!

Ruby and Pearl's video went crazy viral and has more than 22 million views, nearly 3 million likes, and over 7,500 comments. It was a hit! One commenter got 128 thousand likes when they pointed out, "The craziest part is that cat actually did what the dog said!" and @Chey wondered, "Wait why can these two communicate better than most adults I know LOL!"

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Can Dogs and Cats Communicate with Each Other?

By far, the question that many commenters asked was can dogs and cats really understand each other since it appeared that Pearl completely understood what Ruby was telling her to do. Love to Know explained that yes, they certainly can understand each other, "Cats and dogs can communicate. While they may not understand all the cues the other has, they definitely get the gist of it. They clearly communicate emotions—including happiness, anger, or overwhelm—through body movements, vocalizations, and scents."

But that doesn't mean they always get it right, and often may misinterpret the other's communication. "Like us, cats and dogs both have their own body language, but since they're different from one another, they may not fully understand all of it. That's not to say they don't understand some of it, despite the language barrier." Love to Know uses this example, "Cats flick their tails when they're annoyed, while dogs wag their tails when they're happy. But both species raise their tails when they're alert or agitated."

A flick of the tail or the pinning back of their ears may not be enough for the pair to communicate, but when combined with a vocalization like an angry hiss or an irritated growl, that's when cats and dogs can figure out what each is trying to convey.

And just like with people, the longer a cat and dog live together, the better they come to understand each other. Living together day in and day out you tend to learn what makes someone tick, what angers them, and what makes them happy. Research shows cats and dogs are no different. They really are like siblings!

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