Archives: Behavior

  • Tips for Teaching Your Cat Not to Bite

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    Watching a cat play can be very cute and fun. Our feline friends are definitely quite frisky! Fluffy’s idea of play doesn’t always sync up with ours, however. Cats are predators, and play fighting stimulates their natural hunting instincts. This often translates into kitties that equate biting with fun! If your kitty has a habit of chomping on you when she’s feeling frisky, you’ll want to take steps to correct her behavior. After all, those … Read More »

  • How to Stop Your Cat From Keeping You Up at Night

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    Does your kitty often wake you in the middle of the night? Fluffy may be adorable when she plays with her favorite toys, but her antics are probably not as cute when you’re trying to sleep. Below, you’ll learn a few tricks to help stop a nocturnal feline from keeping you up at night. Playtime Playing is good for your cat in many ways, both mentally and physically. Play sessions give your furball a chance … Read More »

  • How to Soothe a Nervous Dog

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    Is your canine friend prone to nervousness and anxiety? Just like people, dogs all have their own personalities. Some are very calm, while others are more anxious. If you’re trying to help a nervous pup overcome his fears, you’ll need to figure out what he is frightened of, so you can determine the best course of action. That said, there are some things that can be helpful to many timid dogs. Here are a few … Read More »

  • Why Your Cat Keeps Play Fighting

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    Your two male cats look like prize fighters lately. Four-year-old Buster has been battling it out with five-year-old Rocky — and you haven’t seen a clear winner. They regularly thrash on the floor, rolling and spinning until one gets up and walks away. You know many cats engage in this play fighting behavior. You haven’t noticed any real aggression, so you haven’t broken up the warriors. When your scrappy feline housemates get annual physical checkups, … Read More »

  • Guide to Puppy Obedience Training

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    Your brand-new puppy Dozer just hit your house like a tiny canine whirlwind. Earlier this week, you adopted this seven-week-old retriever mix through an animal rescue group. When he arrived home, this frenzied little pooch sniffed out every corner before thrashing his toys into submission. Next, he began nipping at your ankles. Although you can dismiss his chewing behavior now, it won’t be so amusing when he’s a full-grown dog with more impressive choppers. Clearly, … Read More »

  • Your Cat Can Develop a Harmful Compulsive Behavior

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    Your calico cat Chelsea has personal grooming down to a science. Each morning, this five-year-old feline housemate begins licking her coat right after breakfast; and she continues all day long. Although cats regularly groom themselves, her fur is showing some bare spots. Your companion has also traded her daily playtime and brushing/belly rub sessions for this single-minded pursuit. Tomorrow, your veterinarian will determine if Chelsea has developed a potentially harmful compulsive behavior. Feline Compulsive Behaviors … Read More »

  • How Separation Anxiety Can Affect Your Dog

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    Your retriever mix Roscoe lives an intriguing double life. Roscoe is usually a fun-loving dog who enjoys life with your family. Roscoe also likes playing with his canine buddies, and he even tolerates your crotchety old cat Rex. However, Roscoe has a darker, more sinister side that surfaces when he’s home alone. Your home security cam has recorded the sordid details of Roscoe’s behavior, which makes you suspect he has a nasty case of separation … Read More »

  • How to Get Your Cat to Use Her Scratching Post

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    Scratching posts do more than let your cat combat boredom—they shed off layers of claws, dulling them a bit, and allow your cat to relieve her instinctual scratching desire. Use these tips from a Gillette veterinarian to get your cat using the post properly. Start As Soon as Possible If at all possible, it’s best to get your cat used to using a scratching post while she’s still a kitten. Older cats can be trained … Read More »

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