Friendship
Shiba Inu who didn’t like cuddling melts hearts curling up with cat brother
Cairo doesn't like cuddling and he doesn't want to share. But Sultan changed everything.
Jaclyn Abergas
12.28.22

Cairo is not a cuddler. He will never be a cuddler until he met Sultan.

Since the start though, Cairo loves attention. Cairo is a Shiba Inu, who wants his dad to constantly pet him, play with him, and just be with him.

And when he didn’t get that attention, he learned to complain loudly.

Cairo was bored. He needed someone to play with.

Instagram - Sultan and Cairo
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Instagram - Sultan and Cairo

That’s how Sultan came into their lives.

Sultan is not a dog. He is a British Shorthair and a curious cat who loved to play with toys.

When Sultan first arrived, their dad split the apartment in half so they can get used to each other. They’re from different species and they need to get used to each other before they can live together.

Their dad used a foldable metal fence to split them apart. They can still see, smell, and touch each other but they’re still separated in their respective spaces.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Cairo wasn’t sure what to make of Sultan.

He seemed nice, but what is he, Cairo may be asking in his head. Cairo watched Sultan’s every move but still kept his distance. After all, he has no idea what this grey cat wanted.

Even Sultan was wary. This brown creature didn’t look, move, or eat like him. What is he?

Their dad knew to expect this wariness and confusion, thus the metal fence. He also knew he needed to be patient and just take things slow for the two of them to eventually get along.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

It’s a good thing he didn’t have to wait too long!

By the end of the first week, there was significant progress. They were not as wary but they still doubt the other’s motives.

But they had one thing in common. They wanted their dad’s attention.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Pretty soon, dad, Sultan, and Cairo were all on the floor.

Dad was petting Cairo with one hand and Sultan with the other. They felt comforted and soon enough, Sultan and Cairo felt comfortable being around each other.

In fact, they started sleeping beside or near each other. Over time, Cairo would start to lower his defenses.

He’d poke Sultan with his nose and even give him little kisses. Sultan would even lie down by Cairo’s feet to get those kisses. Finally, they’ve accepted each other. They’re now one family.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

By week three, they were playing with each other.

They could not get enough of each other. Eventually, their initial playing time/ sparring sessions evolved. Cairo and Sultan figured out different ways to play with each other.

They play hide and seek. They play peek-a-boo. Sultan would even “massage” Cairo while he lies down or sits on the couch.

It’s safe to say, these two are officially best friends.

Instagram - Sultan and Cairo
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Instagram - Sultan and Cairo

No, in fact, they’re brothers.

Cairo only allows brothers to share his bed and he has shared his bed with Sultan. Even though he loves attention, Cairo does not want to be cuddled.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

But he allows it with Sultan. What a turn of events!

Their dad was just looking for Cairo’s playmate but, instead, he found Cairo’s best friend and brother.

“Watching them has just brought me so much joy and laughter. The best part of watching [their] friendship unfold was how quickly it deepened… Once they got comfortable, there was no going back,” their dad told The Dodo.

YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo
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YouTube Screenshot - The Dodo

Watch Cairo and Sultan’s friendship evolve in the video below.

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By Jaclyn Abergas
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Jaclyn Abergas is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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