I think it mostly depends on the cat, so long as the dog is at least vaguely tolerant of them. Your dog loving cat has the same smug, satisfied look my dog lover gets when she snuggles with the dogs!
Haley, despite not really being cat friendly, was probably the cats' favorite snuggle buddy... I guess because she was big, warm, and squishy. She actually kind of grew to like it They definitely missed her when she died, and it took a while before they decided the other dogs were good enough to snuggle with. I have some pics of the cats with Bus and Annie on my phone, will have to try to upload them.
Happened across some videos of Bus and my mom's kitten playing... Jackson was a lone orphan, and singleton kittens tend to have the same bite inhibition problems that singleton puppies can have (at 6 weeks old, he was a hard-biting terror), so it was good for him to have someone to play with and Bus was a pretty eager volunteer. He tends to be too rough, so there was much supervision and a good helping of intervention at first. The first week or so was mostly spent repeatedly putting him in a down-stay and admonishing/removing him for being too rough with the kitten, who wanted to roughhouse but was just too little. I accidentally stuck my hand in his mouth while he was furiously "fleanipping" Jackson and it was so soft, like he didn't even have teeth, only gums. After that, I pretty much began to assume that if Jackson came back for more, it must not have been too rough, and started only intervening if one was pinned down and looked like they wanted out, which wasn't often
Back in the 1980's, I had a cat named Ashley and a dog named Hey You. I also had a dog named Sampson. For some reason, Ashley bonded with Hey You. I had a doggy door, so often I would see them go outside together, and laying down next to each other, or Ashley would follow Hey You around the yard.
When I had to put Hey You to sleep around 1995, due to old age issues, Ashley spent two weeks in mourning. She would wander the house as if looking for Hey You, even going outside and walking around the porch and yard before coming back in...then she would get up on the sofa go to the end where Hey You use to curl up and sleep...sniff the area, then sit down and curl her lip up...then she would let out a long low sad soft yowl.
It just use to tear my heart apart seeing her do that. Still brings tears to my eyes even after all these years. Ashley took to sleeping at that end of the sofa too although she finally did quit searching and vocalizing her distress.
When Sampson was put down a few years before Hey You was, Ashley barely reacted to Sampson coming up missing. Ashley had been around both dogs since she was a kitten and so they were in her life for about 13 to 15 years.
I don't have any photos of Hey You or Sampson on my computer though - I should make that a summer time project...digitizing some of my old photos. I did get one of Ashley's done, only because an uncle did it for me with a scanner printer he had.
This was Ashley, at age 4. She lived to be 21 years old.
I love seeing the photos of the dogs and cats that have bonded. There are some ignorant (meant as a description, not an insult) people out there who think cats don't have emotions...that they only 'love on people' for food or to scent mark. Obviously they never owned or loved a cat if they did own one...or they would know that cats can not only bond with people but with other animals too.
Aww... poor girl. That's heartbreaking It's so nice when animals become good buddies, and you don't really even think about how hard it is when one is left behind until it happens. She was beautiful! So shiny, and grey cats seem to always have plush, soft coats
I used to always laugh because when I would come home at night with Haley after being gone all day, This Cat would run up like one of those dramatic "animal reunion" videos- right past me, the human who saved her life and continues to provide her sustenance and care- and rub on Haley's face like they'd been separated for months, instead of hours! Haley would roll her eyes up at me from behind the cat as if saying, "You see what I put up with?" Thankfully This Cat adjusted pretty well when Haley was PTS, though it took a little while before she really seemed tight with the other dogs.