Educational Articles

Behavior

  • Losing weight is often a difficult process and animals, like people, often take weeks or months to shed those unwanted pounds. Feeding a prescription weight reduction diet is certainly a good start in a weight loss program for your cat, but it is important to remember that food intake is only one part of the problem.

  • With over 70 pure breeds and countless combinations of mixed breeds, there are lots of cats to choose from. That’s a good thing, because cats are the #1 pet in the United States. Of course, all cats consider themselves number one!

  • Getting a dog is a long-term commitment. Before choosing a pet, consider initial and recurring costs, home environment, size, temperament, and physical characteristics of the dog. Consider training, exercising, and grooming needs, along with your lifestyle.

  • Fears and phobias can develop from a single experience (one event learning) or from continued exposure to the fearful stimulus. Although some dogs react with a mild fear response of panting and pacing, others get extremely agitated and may panic and/or become destructive.

  • A growling dog can be frightening. But the dog may be growling because he is frightened of you. This begs the question: is the scary dog truly aggressive or just scared stiff?

  • There are many reasons that dogs can develop a fear of people or the other animals. Firstly, there may have been limited or minimal exposure to people and/or other animals when the dog was young.

  • Fear is a physiological, behavioral, and emotional reaction to stimuli that an animal encounters. The physiological reaction results in an increase in heart rate, increased respiratory rate (panting), sweating, trembling, pacing, and possibly urination and defecation. Behaviorally, an animal will exhibit changes in body posture and activity when afraid.

  • Feather loss is as much of a concern to bird owners as hair loss is to dog and cat owners. The feathers of a bird provide protection, insulation, flight, and visual signals to other pets.

  • Once a cat becomes overweight or obese, they have had the opportunity to develop a habit of overeating. This unsurprisingly leads to food inhalation, “counter surfing”, and constant begging.

  • Because cat foods are so palatable now, it is not as common to find a feline picky eater, but it can happen. It appears that for some cats, providing lots of variety—different flavors, styles, and textures—can overwhelm a cat with choices. For some cats, too much of a good thing (e.g. lots of food variety) is not necessarily a good thing!