We understand that managing a pet with a behavior concern can be stressful and overwhelming. But most behaviors can be managed with proper guidance, training, and dedication. We’re here to help keep your pet in the home and provide guidance for any questions you may have.
Here are a few quick suggestions!
Dog Training Classes
You can teach an old dog new tricks! Or maybe you need to teach your young puppy some manners. If your pet in need is a long-time furry companion or a newly adopted pet, seeking help of a professional trainer will set everyone up for success! Search for a positive reinforcement trainer in your area to help you and your pet understand each other better.
My Pet is Experiencing Anxiety
Pets, just like humans, can experience stress and anxiety when things change in their life or as they get older. This can all be pretty normal. If your pet is destructive when away or is experiencing a lot of anxiety, talk with your veterinarian about anxiety medications or ways to help your pet without medications. Thundershirts, calming aids, and calming pheromones are a great start to helping relieve your pet’s anxiety! You can purchase these items on Amazon or at any local pet store.
My Cat is Not Properly Using the Litterbox
Cat’s can have pretty particular preferences when it comes to using their litterbox. If your cat has recently stopped using their litterbox, the first thing to do is to consult with your veterinarian to rule out any medical concerns. Declawed cats often have early onset arthritis or experience pain when using the litterbox. Consult with your veterinarian about how to manage this pain.
Changes to a cat’s life (new baby, moving, new furniture) can cause so much stress for a cat they may stop using their litterbox. In this situation, start with providing your cat with a calming aid (calming collar, pheromones, etc.). It is best to place your cat in a small area such as a laundry room, bedroom, etc. to help retrain your cat. It may seem long, but try to leave your cat in this small area for 7-14 days. It is important that during the retraining, you spend quality one on one time with your cat and provide them with a clean litterbox daily. After you notice they are using their litterbox again consistently, allow the cat to have more free roam of the home.
Sometimes, it can be as simple as you are providing your cat with a covered litterbox and they prefer an uncovered litterbox. Or maybe you switched the litter to the one on sale? Try different sizes of litterboxes, different litters, or even offer your cat multiple litterboxes. We always say, have one more litterbox than cats! So, if you have three cats provide a minimum of four litterboxes!
Still need behavior assistance? We’re here to answer your behavior questions about your pet, and provide resources to assist you with problems you may be experiencing. Please fill out the behavior request form below and we will reach out within 48-72 hours via email.