A golden retriever’s sweet reaction to seeing newborn kittens being fed is melting hearts online.
In the cute clip shared by TikToker @thisisbaileygolden, golden boy Bailey is mesmerized by the tiny furbabies, nursing their mother on her owner’s bed.
“Hello mom, what are you doing?” the caption for the video reads, recounting Bailey’s thoughts as he walks in for a closer look.
At first, the mother cat seems anxious as Bailey sniffs her newborns. However, she quickly relaxes, with Bailey lying on the bed next to them.
Kittens are so small they haven’t even opened their eyes yet, but that doesn’t stop them from exploring. A curious Bailey watches them crawl all over the bed, nuzzling them with his nose.
“Gotta be careful,” the captions continue, as Bailey fondly starts smelling the kittens again.
TikTok users loved the linking session, with the video receiving over a million views and over 77,000 likes.
Is it safe to have adult dogs around kittens?
There may be nothing cuter than a dog surrounded by kittens, but is it safe? Dr. Randall Cannon, veterinarian at Cannon Veterinary Services, said there are a few things to consider.
“There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to canine-feline relationships,” he said. Newsweek.
“It entirely depends on several factors, like the dog’s age and background.”
Puppies are often curious when they first meet a kitten, and usually harmless. However, older dogs that are not used to cats can attack, so owners should be prepared.
“Dogs can absolutely bond with kittens and cats,” Cannon said.
“I myself have had cats and dogs that are proof of this. Some dogs love and protect certain cats in the house, but will chase any other cat they come across.”
Zack Keithy, former vet tech and owner of the Daily Dog Drama blog, agrees.
“Dogs can bond very well with kittens, although it can take time and effort to establish a good relationship between them,” he said. Newsweek.
“[It] requires socialization and patience. With proper introductions and supervised interactions, many dogs and kittens can build strong friendships.”
He said it’s important for dog owners to consider their dog’s temperament and past behavior.
“Aggressive dogs should not interact with kittens to avoid potential injury,” Keithy said.
Viewers couldn’t get enough of the sweet golden retriever, with user dabott51 dubbing Bailey “the dog’s father”.
“Bailey would be a great babysitter!!!” suggested J.
“Mom trusts him,” user8100388776063 agreed.
“Co-parenting,” Shannon joked.
“The sweet sniffles,” jenpelliccio wrote.
“So curious,” scum981 said.
“Such a good dog,” commented Korlina.
“The dog looks like a big friendly giant to these babies,” Kristina said.
While Paramount called the clip “the sweetest thing I’ve seen”.
Newsweek contacted @thisisbaileygolden for comment.
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