In the Colorado AARP office where Suzanne volunteers, she is privileged to work with Julie, cat rescuer and advocate extraordinaire. During Suzanne’s most recent volunteer day, Julie was considering adopting a 16 year old cat from an animal shelter and wanted to know if her two much younger resident cats would be more likely to accept an elderly female feline compared to a younger one.
According to statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association, almost half of family dogs share their lives with at least one family cat.   It’s been implied that dogs and cats are “natural enemies” but that’s not really true.  Animals can learn who to treat as friends during early development, so dogs and cats that first meet each other as kittens and puppies will be more likely to get along.
Many people believe that small dogs are harder to house train than larger dogs.  While this may or may not be true, in addition to using housetraining procedures that work for any dog, owners of small dogs may need to take several extra steps to ensure their little dogs can be successfully housetrained.
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