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Dog and Cat Relationships

Feuerstein N, Terkel J. Interrelationships of dogs (Canis familiaris) and cats (Felis catus L.) living under the same roof Appl Anim Behav Sci. 2008;113(1-3):150-165.

In the process of domestication, both dogs and cats have undergone genetic changes to adapt to living with humans. However, concerns over the ability of the two species to communicate are based on their separate evolutionary development and their different social structures. In this study, the interrelationships of dogs and cats living together were studied by means of a questionnaire and by direct observation of dog-cat interactions. The study found that dogs and cats have the ability to establish amicable relationships, and the ability is not based on the animal’s gender. Adoption of the cat prior to the dog appeared to be conducive to establishing an amicable relationship. It is also helpful if the first encounter takes place before the age of 6 months in cats and 1 year in dogs.

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