The cooperative team of outdoor cats who defended their human’s yard from an incoming real dog, were a little less brave when it came to a plush puppy that was meowing like a kitten. Their human strategically placed the stuffed toy in different places around the yard with the sound of mewling kittens constantly playing on a phone in the background. The cats were first cautious, then confused and then finally curious.
…today I introduced a meowing plush puppy to them. Needless to say, they were extremely confused when they met this puppy and heard the sound of kittens meowing coming from it.