Mankind’s two best friends don’t always fight like cats and dogs, according to a new study. When living under the same roof, these two furry friends often get along just great, especially if they’re introduced at a young age.
Tel Aviv University surveyed 170 Israeli households with both a cat and a dog as pets. Two-thirds of the households reported an amicable relationship between the species. Indifference prevailed in a quarter, and less than a tenth reported fighting.
What’s more, Feuerstein and Terkel found that the animals learned to understand each other’s body language—even those signals that convey opposite meanings for the two species. When a dog averts its head, for example, it normally expresses submission; but a cat’s averted head can signal aggression. From video recordings of cat–dog interactions in forty-five of the households, Feuerstein and Terkel found that four times out of five, each animal reacted to its companion’s behavior according to the other’s native code.
[Source: LIVE SCIENCE]