- Either the first introduction isn’t going too smoothly, or
- Pets that used to get along now have a sour relationship.
"Fighting like cats and dogs" In a perfect world, your dogs, cats, and other pets would all live happily ever after, playing and cuddling with one another. In reality, pets don’t always get along. Fighting pets cause more than just chaos and stress in the family; they can potentially be threats to one another’s safety. That’s why it’s critical to get out in front of the issue and work to help your pets learn to interact in a safe and consistent manner. They don’t have to be best friends, but they do need to tolerate each other. According to Dr. Valli Parthasarathy of Synergy Behavior Solutions, pets can fight for all sorts of reasons. “Some common reasons are fear, over-arousal, territoriality, resource guarding, and pain. Animals may also redirect their aggression on a nearby animal when they are scared or frustrated about something that they can't get to.” Dr. Parthasarathy also noted that fighting between pets is a quite common frustration among pet owners. There are two primary contexts in which pets usually fight.