February 05, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior
There is a very interesting research paper published in Tel Aviv University. The research finding is first of its kind and is a boon to pet lovers. The research finding can be seen d in the journal for applied animal behaviour. There are hardly any research papers on different pets living together without any fuss.
According to Prof Joseph terkel, nearly one third of the Americans want to have pets of two different species but are worried about the trouble that is likely to follow if they do not live in harmony. As per the study, the cats and dogs can live peacefully in a house if there are introduced in right way. Let us discuss about it here. The cats should be adopted first.
The Tel Aviv university researchers have worked on this subject comprehensively. They had conducted interviews with more that 200 pet owners who have both dog and cat in the same house. They had videotaped the pets and had observed the behaviour of those dogs and cats very closely. After so many deliberations they had concluded that the dogs and cats can live in the same house without any trouble if certain conditions are met with.
As per the research finding nearly two third of the owners who had both dog and cat expressed that there is positive relationship between the pets. Nearly 25 % of the pet owners reported that their pets do not fight but at the same time were not close to each other and there was total indifference.
Nearly 10 % of the pet owners reported that there was active fight and enmity between the dog and cat housed together. There are many reasons for the fighting. There inter species signals are different. The dog wags the tail when happy, where as the cat purrs. The averted head signal in cat is aggression and the same signal in dog means submission.
It was observed that in houses where the dogs and cats stay together without any fuss, the cats learn to talk like the dog vice versa. If the following suggestions are followed the cats and dogs can live happily. The cats should be adopted first. The dog should be adopted next. The cats should not be aged more than 6 months and the dog should be below 1 year of age at the time of introduction, which is the key to the success. As they grow together, they get close to each other and one pet can understand the other better and can live in harmony for years.