Fighting like cats and dogs? Fuhgeddaboudit! - Dr. Marty Becker

Fighting like cats and dogs? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Monday, Dec 22nd, 2014 | By Dr. Marty Becker

The idea that pets fight like, well, cats and dogs, is a popular one, but it’s not always grounded in reality. We’ve known plenty of pets who had interspecies friendships, sharing a bed or sofa, grooming each other and playing together. Even when animals aren’t best buds, they often coexist comfortably, tolerating each other’s presence with little fuss.

But conflict can bubble up any time people live with more than one animal of any species. Maybe one is old and grouchy, while the other is a young whippersnapper. Or, one is bossy and the other is too mild-mannered to stand up for herself. Whatever the case, the secret to helping them get along is to understand their behavioral differences and work to meet the needs of each of them. Here we take a look at four situations that can cause problems, with tips to help all of you live in harmony. In most cases, the secrets to conflict resolution call for good management of resources and space, training, behavior modification or separation.

Read my tips in this week’s Pet Connection!