According to another story on pet ownership, 63% of American Households have a pet. And it seems many of these homes are multi-pet. There's an average of 1.7 pups per dog household. And multi-cat homes, as mentioned in my previous post, are the norm, with an average of 2.3 cats per cat household.
The old adage of 'fighting like cats and dogs' is starting to become a misnomer. Nearly half of people who consider themselves dog owners and nearly half of self-proclaimed cat owners actually have both species.
In some ways, it can be helpful to the pets to have a companion. Pets can get lonely - and bored. A bored pet can lead to disaster. A dog may occupy his time destroying the sofa while a bored cat might climb the curtains. Having a playmate may help stave off the boredom. Then again, if you have a dog that is already destroying the furniture and decide to add another dog to the household, you could have double trouble. Dogs are pack animals and tend to learn from each other...so that destructive behavior may be passed on from one dog to the other if you're not careful.