Toddling dogs and teenage cats

Have you ever noticed the striking similarity between dogs and toddlers or between teens and cats? I’m not talking appearances here, although my staffie does look rather like a stroppy toddler when she sulks. But just think about the mannerisms.

If you don’t believe me, here are a few short experiments that you can conduct at home to see for yourself.

Toddling dogs

1: Tantrums

Give a ball to a toddler and an identical ball to a dog. After five minutes, take both balls away and watch carefully. 

Bottom lip out, temper tantrum. Walking back and forth to where you removed the ball from them. Stomping around, moping and eventually… forgetting about the ball and finding the next toy.

2. Food

Give a bowl of spaghetti to a toddler and an identical bowl to the dog. Observe. 

Face first into the spaghetti, tomato sauce flying everywhere. Considerable amounts end up on the wall and on the floor. This will be eaten too if you don’t manage to step in and stop them.

3. Going out

Call over a dog and a toddler and tell them you are going out. Sit back and study their reactions. 

Running around in circles, desperately excited. Making unrecognisable squawking noises that somehow indicate that going out is the best thing that ever happened to them.

Now, fast forward approximately 12 years and replace the dog with a cat. 

Teenage cats

1. Taking instructions

Tell a teenager and a cat to leave a room. Now, just wait for them to spring into action. 

Are you still waiting?

Still waiting?

Still waiting?

I suggest you give up and leave the room yourself. There are other rooms after all.

2. Making eye contact

Turn to your teenager and say, “You look beautiful today.” Now, say the same words to your cat. And behold;

Had you ever noticed how fascinating that bit of wall there was? Yes that one just there that they are staring at. No? Me neither. Now, wait for them to stop staring at it and make eye contact.

Still waiting?

Okay let’s not go through that again, just leave the room.

3. Communication 

Start a conversation with your teenager. Try using the words, “How was your day?” Turning to your cat, use the same phrase. Now wait. 

Sighs. Shuffles slightly. Leaves the room.

At last! Experiment ends – and you can reclaim the room.

Have you noticed any other similarities between pets and people? Please leave me a comment, I’d love to hear about them!

Toddling dogs and teenage cats.  Have you ever noticed the similarities between toddlers and dogs or between teens and cats? A few little experiments so you can see for yourself.



  1. wendy malone
    February 13, 2016 / 7:37 am

    ha ha ha. really good story,is the picture of the cat yours we have one the same a female,from the cats protection league.she looks a good breed but never followed it up, we where just happy to give her a home as she was left on the streets.

    • monsterid February 13, 2016 / 8:35 pm

      Hi Wendy, how odd, Jamer was also a female from the cats protection league. She was a pedigree but I can’t remember the technical name for her, like you we just wanted to give her a good home. Sadly she died last year when she was hit by a car. We are all devastated, she was one in a million and fitted in so perfectly with our manic family, I can’t imagine another cat taking it all in her stride quite like she did.x

  2. February 13, 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Haha! My brother compares his dog to Oliver all the time. Oliver wins though, he brings my slippers without eating them. Haha.

    My mother in law said when she got her puppies it was like having a newborn again.

    That said, I can’t wait to have a teenager like cat, but I couldn’t handle a small child and a dog!

  3. February 13, 2016 / 6:11 pm

    Hi Natalie, great observations! Yes all our dogs act like toddlers in the same situations, although I have yet to test them with a bowl of spaghetti! Our cats are outside cats, that were once feral, but I can definitely see the similarities between them and my two teenagers.


  4. February 17, 2016 / 9:02 pm

    Excellent 🙂 Hannah visited us last week and was treated to a comparison of my 6 year old and his hamster when Ollie proceeded to do a handstand up against a kitchen cupboard to show her how his hamster shoves his bum right up the glass of his tank to do a wee. Fortunately just the handstand, not the full demonstration.

    • monsterid February 19, 2016 / 11:58 pm

      Oh my word, I can’t believe Ollie is six already, how did that happen?? We are long overdue a catch-up Maz!x

  5. February 23, 2016 / 7:49 am

    Toddlers, Dogs and the trip to the toilet. You’ll never go alone if you have a toddler or a dog in the house! Get used to being stared at …

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