CAT AND DOG BEHAVIOR
Ever wondered why your dog sleeps so much? We look at the reasons that your pet needs to snooze, discover how much sleep a dog really needs and give you some great suggestions on how to improve your dog's sleep with a quality dog bed.
Cats make great pets but their needs can be much more complicated than people realize. If you want to be a perfect pet-owner and give your cat what it really needs, read on and discover our tips.
Inappropriate feline urination can be caused by a number of very different reasons and diseases.
These include behavioral issues, urinary tract problems, and excessive drinking (secondary to a myriad of medical conditions). If you notice your cat leaving little puddles around the house,we recommend that you consult a veterinarian, so they can determine which of these is the cause and can provide appropriate treatment.
Many dogs do not like loud noises, but their reaction usually is only mild. A phobia is an intense, exaggerated response to a situation which an animal perceives as frightening.
Often a noise phobia starts out as a mild dislike of sound, for example, a thunderstorm which scared the dog as a puppy. It can spread to other unrelated noises, even seemingly innocuous ones, such as a door closing!
When a new cat is introduced into a home with an existing cat, 'slowly, slowly' is the best way to introduce the two. This may take several weeks.
Getting a new playmate for your cat can be a wonderful experience. Or a complete nightmare.
While everyone adores a well-mannered pet which is affectionate, loyal and of sound character, even the most stolid or mellow animal can sometimes go a little off the rails.
It's time again for all of us armchair sportsmen and sportswomen to revel in the amazing feats of the elite sports stars of our age as the 2012 London Olympics is played over and over again on our big screens!
Who knows, snuggled up on your lap as you watch the daring leaps, dashes and jumps of our human sports star may be the next amazing dog superstar!
Recent reports in the Sydney Morning Herald indicate an increase in animal cruelty by neighbours.
Cat fights and incessant barking are keeping the neighbours awake. Living at close quarters with a whiney mutt or scratchy cat are tipping others over the edge which has led to an incredibly sad urban phenomenon of animal poisoning and even bashing or killing. Even without such a dramatic result, the finding of rude notes in the letter box, angry answering machine messages or phone calls at work places a great deal of stress on the pet owners and neighbours.
Whether it's separation anxiety, after-hours noises or digging under fences, can cat or dog training help relieve the situation for all involved?
One of the most common frustrations for cat owners, especially in multi-cat households, is inappropriate urination by their cat or cats. Urine spraying is one such frustration.
Some cats are extremely active, especially young outdoor cats, whereas others will lounge around all day following the warmth of the sun. What can be done to encourage these lay-about cats to exercise, and does it really matter if they don't exercise?
Young kittens are full of energy and will play with just about anything, investigating and expending copious amounts of energy daily. While we don't recommend this at home, this fun video shows just how entertaining a kitten can be when it is entertaining itself!
Owners trying to decide whether or not to desex their female cat need to first decide whether the cat is being kept for professional breeding or as a pet. Obviously, breeding animals will not be desexed until their breeding days are completed. However any cat being kept as a pet should be strongly considered for desexing. Take a look at why below....
How much love is too much?
The human-animal bond is a unique part of many households. The ability to nurture your pet and be nurtured by them on a basis of unconditional love is very appealing and both physiologically and emotionally rewarding for many people. However, this special bond can also be the basis of a myriad of negative medical conditions developing for your beloved pet if appropriate care is not taken.
Dealing with cat fights is a common experience for many cat owners. Cats fight for many reasons, and whilst some fights are more of a warning with no injuries sustained to either animal, often the cats involved can suffer serious injury requiring prompt veterinary attention and appropriate cat medications.
Some owners may be surprised to learn that although many cat fights are between animals from different households, many are also between cats within the same household and can begin even after a prolonged period of cohabitation.