A cat and a lizard in the same room might seem to be a disaster waiting to take place. These reptiles are small, yet flexible and obviously speedy creatures, and most importantly, they are are alive, making them the perfect target for most felines who haven’t completely abandoned their wild instincts.
Interestingly, from the compilation below, things aren’t that simple. Cold-blooded lizards aren’t about to give up their life to four-legged predators anytime soon. On the other hand, lizards and cats do occasionally have a perfect bond.
Their dynamic relationship is somewhat unpredictable, yet truly wholesome when two animals come together in peace and even adore each other. To find out for once and for all whether cats and lizards are meant to be friends or enemies, Rachel Geller, a certified cat behavior specialist and author of the book “Saving the World, One Cat at a Time: What I Know About Cats – And Why You Should Know It, Too.” is here today to resolve the mystery. Scroll down to read more about her interview and don’t forget to upvote your favorite kitty-lizzy photos!
Even though their interactions seem peculiar yet hilarious to humans, we should keep in mind that cats and lizards are natural enemies. “Cats have a prey drive that can be triggered by something that moves fast, and lizards move fast,” Rachel warns. She adds that “a cat may see the lizard as prey or something to play with,” and this can be dangerous for both the lizard and the cat.
First of all, “It can be lethal for a lizard to be bitten or scratched by a cat.” On the other side, “lizards can be toxic to cats if the cat eats the lizard, but even if he touches or plays with the lizard.”
Rachel explained that “many lizards carry parasites that can cause digestive problems in cats and harm the gallbladder or liver” so badly that it may pose a threat to the feline's life. If that wasn’t enough, cats can also get salmonella from eating a lizard.
Everyone who wants to have both a lizard and a cat should keep them in completely separate and secure rooms, according to the cat behavior expert. Glass tanks aren't the absolute protection and may not prevent cats from getting in, since “cats have been known to figure out how to get in there and capture their prey.”
However, this is accurate in most cases, as the picture here showing a cat and a lizard chilling in the glass tank, which causes no harm to the lizard or the cat.
Rachel noted that once a cat's prey drive is roused, and remember that they're natural-born hunters, they'll figure out how a way to get to the lizard. Unfortunately, for neither of them, this is not a good thing.
If you want them to encounter, it's best to let them interact under your supervision and quickly separate them if any of them feel threatened and express offensive/ defensive behaviors.