People with multiple pets as well as behaviorists and trainers are always seeking information about new ways to help dogs and cats get along better. A recent study, that provides evidence that pheromones can be useful tools, is encouraging.

Vast numbers of dogs and cats get along just fine, either benignly ignoring one another or acting like close friends. They often live together relatively easily despite differences in communication signals and the issue of some dogs viewing cats as prey. However, when the relationship is tense, it can cause deep distress for household members of every species, and can even lead to the surrender of one or more pets.

The new study, which was undertaken in the UK and reported on in July, is the first to investigate two pheromones’ effectiveness in improving the behavior and relationship between dogs and cats sharing a household. Participating…

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