Do you have a problem pet? Is your dog aggressive? Does your cat howl at night? Is your dog digging up your garden? Is your cat ruining your furniture?
When our furry companions have behavioural issues, it can often make sharing a home with them quite difficult - no matter how much we love and adore them! Many pet parents may lose patience and not want to deal with pet behavior issues as they do not fit in with their lifestyle. As a result many dogs and cats land up in shelters or are rehomed. The Feelgood Pets team discusses common pet behavioural problems and what you can do about them.
If you have a cat:
- Poor bathroom habits
Does your cat urinate outside the litter box? Cat parents everywhere will know how frustrating it is when your kitty decides to use the litter box inappropriately. However, in order to solve your litter box problems, you need to understand what is causing it.
Here are the most common reasons why a cat may not use his litter box properly:
- Litter box issues such an unclean litter box, too few litter boxes if it’s a multi-cat household, a change in the type of litter been used or the sides of the litter box may be too high
- Not being neutered or spayed
- Illness such as UTI, bladder stones, bladder blockage or cystitis
- Conflict with another cat in the house
- Stress like moving to a new home, introducing new pets or family members to the household
Make sure that your cat’s litter box is always clean and if you have a few cats, that there are a number of litter boxes in your home. If your cat doesn’t like the type of litter or size of the box, you can figure this out through trial and error. Neuter or spay your cat to prevent spraying as well as unwanted kittens.
Visit your vet if you suspect your cat may be ill with a UTI or bladder stones. For recurring urinary problems and incontinence, use natural remedies such as UTI Free or Better Bladder Control. Reduce stress and anxiety by using Feelgood Pets PetCalm, a 100% homeopathic remedy to calm, soothe and relax cats.
Ruined furniture? Torn curtains, couch or carpet? We all know cats love to scratch but do you know why? Not only are they keeping their nails groomed but they are marking their territory, playing and getting rid of excess energy.
Invest in a scratching post that is quite sturdy and made of hard-wearing material like sisal to keep kitty scratching for hours. Make sure that you provide your cat with plenty of toys to play with and keep him entertained. Cats get bored and boredom leads to scratching! Remember, to trim your cat’s nails which will minimize scratching.
If you have a dog…
Aggressive behavior is a very common behavior problem in dogs. This type of behavior can be exhibited through barking, growling, snarling, biting or lunging forward to attack. If your dog is aggressive, it is important to understand the reason why. For instance, your dog may show signs of aggression if he feels that you or a family member is in danger, his territory is invaded orhe is scared, trapped or invaded.Some dogs may even react aggressively when they are in pain.
Always work closely with your vet to determine what may be the cause or trigger for the dog’s aggression. If the aggression stems from a behavioural problem, it is best to consult a behavior expert to introduce modification techniques. This is not a quick fix and in many cases may take a very long time to work through. Try a natural remedy such as Aggression Formula to address aggressive behavior in pets.
Does your bark non-stop at night? Dogs bark for different reasons and each bark has a specific function. They may bark because they may feel territorial, seek attention, out of separation anxiety, frustration or illness. When barking becomes excessive, it can become a problem.
In order to address your dog’s barking problem, you have to identify the type of bark. If your dog is barking territorially, you have to reduce the barking by minimizing his access to the trigger (visitors, the mailman, strangers walking by). Dogs that bark out of boredom or for attention need to be stimulated and entertained. Leave toys or treats to keep your dog from being bored and walk, exercise and play with him before you go out or after you return. Dogs that suffer from separation anxiety also need to be provided with toys and entertainment to keep them occupied. A good dose of PetCalm will improve your pooch’s mood and help with emotional difficulties due to separation anxiety.
- Destructive digging
Dog owners often complain about their dogs digging in their garden. This usually happens because dogs are left outside for long periods and become bored. In some cases, they may be overly excited, anxious, fearful or feel the need to hide a prized possession. Also remember, that digging behavior can be normal for dogs, especially certain breeds that are more prone to dig.
If you want to keep your garden or plants well maintained, you shouldn’t leave your dog outside unsupervised if he’s going to on a digging spree. Dogs that are bored need to be stimulated and you need to walk and play with him more often. Use PetCalm and Aggression Formula together, natural remedies specially formulated to support behavioural problems associated with digging, chewing, excessive barking or jumping.
By learning to understand your pet’s behavioural issues, you can prevent and control unnecessary destruction and heartache and live in harmony with your pet.