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Episode #72: How Dogs vs. Cats Cope When Sick & The Signs That Indicate Cats Do or Don’t Get Along.

Published: 07/28/2020
dog and cat at the vet

Full Show Notes.

Intro: Timestamps: 0:00 – 1:55

Segment 1. Timestamps: 1:59 – 8:37

When your pet is ill or injured, don’t you wish they could tell you with words how they are feeling? Would be nice, but what we have, is how they react and behave. When sick, dogs and cats in general, react very differently from one another. I’ll explain how and why.

Segment 2. Timestamps: 8:39 – 16:15

Michael Birnbaum, my artist friend, returns to tell another story from his childhood about his first dog and their encounter with fire.  The story is entitled, “Trouble with Matches.”

Segment 3. Timestamps: 16:16 – 22:43

Why is it, that multiple cats living in a household, often don’t get along – either avoiding each other or fighting a lot? There is a major factor that you may be oblivious to, but is highly important to your cat. I’ll tell you about this and then, from the book, Cat Sense by John Bradshaw, I’ll share a list of subtle indicators you can watch for, to understand if the cats actually do or do not get along.

For expanded content about this segment and more photos, see the companion blog for this episode. How to Know If Cats Consider Themselves to Be Friends.

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Additional Resources for the Show.

Source for the story about pets coping with illness: “ComPETability: Solving Behavior Problems in your CAT-DOG household,” by Amy Shojai.

Storyteller, Michael Birnbaum’s Website. (Fine Artist and Color Design Stylist) Transformed By Color.

Michael Birnbaum

Michael Birnbaum


Here’s a photo of Michael’s dog Trouble.

Source for the story about cats getting along or not. “Cat Sense” by John Bradshaw.


  1. Great job Susan !

    • Thanks, glad you like it.

  2. Such a great episode!!!

    • Thank you Laura, Glad you enjoyed it. If you ever have questions for me, feel free to ask.

  3. Michael, thanks for sharing your story about Trouble. Well articulated experience that so many of us could identify with.

  4. Susan, I really have been enjoying your podcasts! I loved the segment when Michael Birnbaum told the story about protecting his dog, Trouble and how Trouble didn’t even know she was in trouble! She thought he was just petting her back. This story is a great example of how our pets teach us about ourselves. In Michael’s case, Trouble helped him realize that his nature is that of protector.

    • Thanks, I’m glad you’re enjoying the stories.