(Above photo by Katlene Niven)
A: Yes, their behavior creates a natural conflict. But that behavior can be changed.
Before the shootouts between Hatfields and McCoys, before Capulets started stabbing Montagues, before Seinfeld ever uttered the word 'Newman', the blood-feud between cats and dogs had been brewing for millennia. Yes, everybody knows the troubled tale of humankind's two closest allies, the ancient battle for table scraps and the human lap. The dispute is so old, it has been un-scientifically explained in the folklore of many different cultures, from Romania and China to West Africa, and immortalized in pop culture-perhaps nowhere so succinctly as in "Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey" when Sassy opines: "Cats rule, and dogs drool."
And yet, what do we really know of the row between these species? Is it true that cats and dogs are just hardwired to hate each other?