7. Failing to foster a family vibe.
In order for cats to live harmoniously under one roof, Nagelschneider says it’s important for them to recognize each other as family—regardless of whether or not they’re actually related. Humans can help in this regard by facilitating the spread of what’s known as “group scent.” “If you have a five-cat household, you’ll want each cat to have the scent of all five cats on them,” she says. “This shared scent is like a family’s last name.” Spreading this group scent is as easy as brushing each cat in the household with the same brush a few times each day. Not only does the process foster friendlier behaviour between cats, but it also encourages better sharing of litter boxes, as well.
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