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When your Cat Stops using his Litter Box – Things to ponder…..

When your Cat Stops using his Litter Box - Things to ponder.....

Your feline is the best thing that has happened in your life and we totally understand that. But are you aware that the relationships that your tabby has in your house with different family members has direct correlation to their litter usage? It has generally been observed that if your tabby does not have a healthy relationship with other pets, adults or children in your house, then it can lead to stress in him which can lead to eliminating outside the litter box.

It is extremely important for you as a cat owner to first of all ensure that your feline has a good relationship with other cats, dogs and human beings in the house. If your cat has to deal with regular fights with another feline or has to deal with frightening chase from your doggie it can result in eliminating on the sofas, beds or other areas.

When we, human beings go to the bathroom it is because we want to relieve ourselves from the pressure of excreting the waste. But in cats it is not that simple because apart from the biological needs like urinating and excreting there are certain social nuances that can guide you where they are going to eliminate and when.

Let us now look at the three key reasons for cats to eliminate outside their litter box along with the solution to resolve this litter box problem:

To escape from animals that they do not feel safe around

Your feline will do whatever it takes to get away from animals that can do harm to him. Stress as a result of a trivial quarrel or a major fight can result in the cat to find spots that are safe for him to eliminate so that they do not feel threatened or cornered or attacked suddenly. It is for this reason that anxious felines look for areas that are safe enough for them to view things clearly and easy to escape.

It has generally been observed that areas in the house like: sofas, floors in the middle of the living rooms and beds fit the bill perfectly for them. They find these places safer than the covered litter box or the ones that are tucked in the closets and cabinets. If litter boxes are kept in these areas, then it can result in a trap which your cat is very afraid of.

Not only are other quarrelsome felines in the house the major threat to your cat, but even barking dogs and dogs that chase your feline can lead to a life threatening situation for your tabby. Hence, cats try to find spots where there are no dogs so that they can eliminate peacefully.

Apart from these four-legged friends, even certain human beings try to invade the private space of your kitty. One of the prime examples of that are children who are unaware of the fact that not being gentle to the feline can cause anxiety in cats which can result in your feline trying to find a safe place to eliminate.

Solution to resolve this problem

It is very important for you as a cat owner to ensure that if you have multiple cats in the household the newly adopted cat needs to be introduced gradually to the resident cats. This will take a couple of weeks to maximum month, but eventually the objective is that all the cats need to be at peace in the house. If you have a dog ensure that they do not chase at your tabby or bark at them. This will take some training and time, but eventually both can be at peace in the same house. Ensure that you are properly supervising the pets while trying to get them together.

If you have children in the house, teach them that it is not good to chase and corner the felines. Have tall cat trees in the house so that your feline feels safe when he is out of reach of dogs and other scary people. Have large uncovered litter boxes in different rooms. If you have multiple cats in the household have minimum one litter box per cat. Keep them at places where the feline can have a great view and is away from any threat from other people or pets.

As a sign of marking territories and get information across in the cat world

It has been observed that cats are excellent communicators and they are also good at searching for objects, head bunting, body language and vocalizing. Cats can use their urine and feces to communicate their message to other cats and to mark their territories. Urine marking also attracts male cats and assists in getting them familiar with their family and friends.

Although intact cats are known to spray, even spayed and neutered cats mark their urine. They spray and urinate to show that they are feeling threatened. If there is a fight between your cat and neighborhood cat it can result in this smelly behavior. There are certain cats that mark their territory through feces. These cats are generally of outdoor nature.

Solution to resolve this problem

The very first thing that you can possibly do is to spay and neuter your feline. If your cat is fixed there are fewer chances of them marking the territory with their urine. You can even use a natural cleaner to eliminate the smell of the urine and clean up the targeted area. Have scratching posts in your house so that your feline gets rid of this unpleasant habit.

If your cat is marking their urine to reduce their stress as a result of conflict between them and the other cat; you can get some toys, scratchers and other stuff and keep the two cats separate in different rooms and serve them food in different places. You should also keep the litter boxes of the two felines separate in such a way that both the cats do not ambush each other.  It is recommended that you separate both the cats for some time and then reintroduce them after some time. This will ease off the tension between them and get rid of the urine marking habit.

To blend the scent of their favorite people

There are certain cats that intermingle their scents with their favorite people. So they may urinate in places where their favorite person sits or sleeps like chairs, beds, and pillows. They feel safe when they blend their scent with their favorite people. The inception of this habit happens when a new pet arrives in the house or when there are major changes happening in the house. When you are tensed your feline gets an idea that there is something to worry about; and so they start feeling anxious and stressed. There are certain cats that are dealing with separation anxiety urinate in places where you sit and sleep as a means to remember you while you are away from him for some time.

Solution to resolve this problem

Relax your kitty by having a consistent schedule. Always conduct activities as regular like playing, training, and grooming at the same time. If he responds by cuddling you, take out some quality time from your busy schedule and be with your feline. Also ensure that your kitty bonds with other family members in the house. If you are going away for a few days, arrange for a pet sitter or ask someone from your family to take care of your furry friend like feeding, playing and interacting with him; so that he does not miss his regular chores.

If your feline is feeling alone get him another cat. Although it all depends on how your cat reacts to another cat in the house. There are times when it can lead to jealously; so consider this too while getting a companion for your kitty.

The last thing that you can ever do is to punish your furry friend for not using his litter box. Remember, your feline is not bad; it is just that he is finding it difficult to adjust to the environment in your house. If you punish him it will only escalate the issue which will also hamper your relationship with your kitty.

Keep in mind, cats associate punishment with the punisher and so it can even break your bond with them. Hence, instead of taking any negative steps, try to find out the trigger point and address the issue promptly. If you are still concerned, get the help of your veterinarian who would suggest you some anxiety tablets that would ease up the stress in your feline. In the end, do take good care of your kitty by providing them regular cat supplies that will keep him happy and fit.

Help…I cannot find my Pooch……What Should I Do?

Help…I cannot find my Pooch……What Should I Do?

It is really a traumatic situation when your beloved furry friend strays away from home. But this is not the time to whine over the lost buddy rather it is the perfect time to look after the trials left by him and find the lost doggie. The sooner you start the better it is for you and your furry friend.

There can be various reasons for your furry friend to run away:

  • To get away from acute boredom or loneliness
  • If they have not been neutered, they might run away to answer their sexual urges
  • If they are frightened by any sudden or unexpected events
  • Due to curiosity when doors, windows or gates of the house are kept open
  • If it is a newly adopted house and they are looking for their previous surroundings

Remember that different dogs have different capacity of running. Big, strong dogs, especially in their young days can run 5 miles or more while small dogs can run up to ½ a mile maximum. It has generally been found that most dogs get found within the two-mile vicinity of their house.

If it is an outgoing dog then it will definitely try to find like-minded dogs and other human beings that are friendly and would take care of him by providing comfort, feed and shelter. You can search for him in the neighbor’s yard or public parks. If it is a shy doggie, or an older pooch and finds it difficult to mix with strangers, he will hide under bushes or cars. So search accordingly for your pooch.

You can even follow the tips given below to find your lost doggie:

Utilize the microchip to find the dog

If you have micro chipped your pooch, the very first thing that you need to do is to contact the company that supplied the chip and manages the information. Report the chip company along with other local shelters which will help you find your furry friend.

Get in touch with your local veterinary clinics

It has generally been observed that people who find stray dogs will leave them at the local veterinary clinic. Hence, it is very important for you to not lose hope and get in touch with all the vets in close proximity to check whether they have your lost dog. Even if they do not have your lost doggie you can let them know that your pooch is missing.

You can even leave a missing poster of your pooch along with your contact information. This will ensure that you get your lost buddy back very quickly without incurring any fees or fines from the local shelter.

Check the shelters

Irrespective of the fact that your pooch is micro chipped or not, check the shelters because mix-ups can occur. You can even access their online sites with photos and other information accessible. Remember these shelters have lots of animals coming on a daily basis and since they are too busy they do not check for the microchip.

You do not want your doggie to get picked up and then get lost in the crowd. Hence, scrutinize the websites carefully and even drop into the shelter because lots of dogs are adopted on a daily basis while others are put off to sleep if remained unclaimed after a specific period of time.

Put posters of your pooch on neighborhood poles

It is very important that you have posters of your lost dog ready and then place them on the poles around the neighborhood. It has usually been found that dogs that get lost get stuck in garages or are cared by a neighbor. There is a great chance that your lost buddy is in the nearby vicinity and is being cared for.

Stroll in the neighborhood by yelling the name of your doggie

This might seem insane, but if your furry friend has been found by a caring neighbor and has been given shelter in their house, it can really work wonders when you call his name and the lost pooch responds to your sound. It will give you a lot of relief.

Check online sites

There are certain online sites like Craigslist.org that contains lost and found section. You can even scan your newspaper. There are certain sites that assist pet owners to find their lost pets by giving them an opportunity to post their lost ads on different websites. This will give you hope of finding your pal.

Be wary of scamsters

It is an unfortunate truth, but there will certain people who will either steal your doggie for a reward or try to scam you for a reward even when they do not have your lost pal. When you list online or put posters of your furry friend give a complete description of your doggie but never mention every possible detail.

There may be scamster who may ask for reward before returning your dog. Try to find out an exceptional thing on your doggie that will assist you in determining if the found dog is indeed your furry friend. It is great to reward the person who gets your doggie back, but if you are being forced to give reward, then it is better to contact the police and let them investigate the case further.

If you have undergone the painful experience of missing your furry friend do let us know and we would be glad to incorporate your personal experience in our upcoming blog. Till then keep reading!!

How to Sleep Train your Furry Friend?

how to sleep puppy

After a very long and hard working office day you come back and find that your pooch is full of energy and wants to play with you. Looking at the cute face of your furry friend you oblige him by spending quality time with him. But what if your bundle of energy does not want to sleep the entire night? This thing can happen and disturb your night’s sleep along with your family members. So what is the best way to resolve this concern?

Remember, dogs love to sleep, but they also need some quality time with you so how can you devote quality time to them in such a way that they get all their needs fulfilled to have a great night’s sleep?

Let us look at some of the ways to make the night’s sleep of you and your furry friends comfortable and deep:

Tire them up

The prima facie reason for your doggie to wake up the entire night growling, whining or pacing is because they do not get the kind of workout required to tire them up. In the doggy world, when you try to stop them from growling, they perceive it to be time to play. The best thing to do in such a scenario is to give a good workout to your furry friend during the daytime. This will ensure that they will have a snoozing sleep at night.

Set schedules for your pooch and follow them religiously

It is very important to set schedules for your furry friends and this includes the bedtime schedule. Your pooch should know the exact nature of the activities that they need to do before going to sleep. This can include doing their business when you give them a last call. If you find that your tyke sleeps almost the entire night but wakes up a bit earlier than your liking; you can train him to remain quiet in bed.

Note: If you have an old dog or a puppy it is important that you need to take them for toilet breaks early in the morning or once at night. The reason for doing this activity is because puppies or old dogs cannot hold their bladders for straight eight hours.

Set your sleeping time along with your furry friend’s sleeping time

If you know that you are not going to sleep for at least an hour then make your doggie stay awake during that time frame. This will make your task easier to train your doggy about his sleeping schedule. And it is much easier to stay awake for a wee bit longer than to get up early in the morning, according to the wake up time of your pooch.

Set a comfortable bedding for your pooch

Irrespective of whether your tyke sleeps with you, in a bed near you or in a crate it is very important to keep their bedding extra comfortable. Ensure that it is warm enough or cold enough, according to the skin and coat of your furball. It has been observed that having an extra blanket can make your task easier as dogs like to dig into it and make it like a nest.

If it is fine with you, keep their bedding besides your sleeping place. This is due to the fact that doggies are naturally inclined to sleep with their pack and since you are like a parent to them they feel that you are part of their pack. It has generally been observed that dogs bark throughout the night due to separation anxiety and so you need to ensure that they do not feel aloof during nighttime.

Think from the perspective of your doggie

If you are finding it difficult to set a schedule for a good night’s sleep think from the perspective of your pooch. Is there something that is disturbing him? It can be strange noises coming from outside, hunger pangs during midnight, feeling thirsty, too hot or too cold or uncomfortable. Try to find out creative solutions to each of these problems.

For example; if his sleep is getting disturbed due to strange noises you can utilize a sound machine that will de-clutter the sound. If the sleep deprivation is due to hunger pangs then you can give them dinner late during nightfall or having a small quantity of food assessable to them all the time. If the sleep deprivation is due to thirstiness then you can have a small bowl of water near their sleeping place. In short, try to ensure that your doggie is comfortable before tucking him in his bed.

Ensure that the sleep deprivation is not due to any medical reason in your pooch

If your pooch has any untreated aches, pains or infections it may not allow him to sleep at all. Take him to your veterinarian and get them diagnosed to ensure that they do not have any medical ailment which is keeping them awake during nights. You can buy recommended dog supplies and nutritious things online as well.

If you have adopted a new doggie or have moved your pooch in a new environment gives him time to adjust to the new place

You might have observed that when you visit someone it becomes difficult for you to sleep well in that new place. Similarly, when you adopt a new pooch or move him to a new environment, it takes some time for him to adjust to the new environment. Give him Chamomile biscuits and a cup of chamomile tea for a couple of weeks and your pooch will find the sleeping place comfortable.

Once you have taken these things into consideration, it will become a lot easier for you to get a good night’s sleep along with your furry friend. Chances are that both of you will get adequate sleep during nights by this coming weekend. So how do you plan to sleep train your pooch today? Please share your opinions and thoughts with us and we would be glad to reply back to you. Till then; keep reading and avoid insomnia by having a good night’s sleep with your furry friends!!

Simple Tricks to Stop Your Dog Jumping on Visitors

Dog jumping visitors

We all love to welcome our visitors and greet them with warmth but what would be the scene if they are greeted by your dog with muddy paws or licking the face. For some people especially for old and children, it is the scariest thing they face when they enter a house.

As your dog treats you when you enter the home, same way he may be excited to greet your guest by jumping on them or licking their face. But, here you need to keep a check on his behavior as it is not acceptable. It’s important to teach your dog proper manners as you don’t allow your children to behave as such then how come you let your furry friend to do the same.

It takes a lot of perseverance and patience to train your dog in greeting guests but its easy behavior to teach if your dog already listens to your ‘sit’ and ‘stand’ command.

To teach your dog not to jump on the guests or anything really, you need to reward him for the proper behavior you want by offering lucrative things like his favourite dog products as gesture of pleasure. Take for example, never greet or attend your dog until he keeps four paws on the ground or stays in a sit, whichever behavior you want.

Follow these steps to train your dog with good greeting behavior.

  • Leash your dog with a proper leash attached to collar
  • While you hold the leash, make your dog into a sit down next to you
  • Let your visitor approach your dog
  • Make sure that your visitor moves back away from your dog when he jumps breaking from his sit position. Since the dog is leashed, they should not follow the visitor – so no reward.

Repeat the sessions until your pooch learns to put all his paws on the ground before he is to be rewarded with a greeting.

When training your furry pal, you need to provide the training persistently and consistently. It is not a one day lesson to learn for a dog, so keep this into mind.

Moreover, the rule should apply to all the guests that means the interaction the dog has greeting the guests should follow the same steps for any outsider because setting differences the dog may be confused as what should be expected. If your dog is allowed to jump on some guests and restricted on the other, then it won’t work.

Some pet parents love to have their furry pals jump and give them a kiss, so they never think to train them not to jump. Dogs are also full of brains – they can understand the difference between what they are trained to do or not allowed to do something. As we can train our dogs to sit and follow our command, so we can train them to greet the guests.

Until they are invited for the kiss, your dog should sit on the ground – so don’t take this as an excuse in order not to keep your dog under control.

How can I establish Truce between Two Mutts living in the Same House?

Can Two Dogs Ever Get Along under the Same Roof?

“Two dogs over one bone seldom agree.”

                                                                                                                            – German Proverb

 

This is a great proverb and it highlights the problems that dog owners of multiple dogs face while the mutts come across each other. Each doggy has a special place in the heart of the owner; and so they do not any of the two to get hurt while playing together. But can you be 100% sure with two doggies? I bet not.

After all, they are animals and sometimes they too have special time to do things that we, as human beings take liberty of doing. But when things get serious it becomes a concern for the dog owner, hence; it is important to never leave the dogs alone as a part of precaution in the following situations:

  1. If you have two dogs that have never met each other it is not a good idea to leave them loose. Keep both of them on tight leash
  2. The history of fights that the two dogs have had in the recent past if they know each other
  3. If one of the two show possessiveness/guarding of food, beds, water, bones, dog walkers, toys, furniture etc.
  4. If one of the two causes the other dog to end up in problem
  5. One of the two is not yet housebroken and the other one starts peeing in the house
  6. If either of the dogs show aggression towards trigger like the mail carrier, doorbell or hearing other dogs outside this can lead to the redirection of aggression of one dog to another. So watch out for it…
  • The first set of instruction is to get the dogs neutered if they are male. It is important to note that dogs are very friendly while they are puppy, but after reaching puberty they go through a lot of hormonal changes which makes them guard their space when the sexual and territorial instincts starts to develop.
  • Males living in the same territory are considered to be competition in the doggy world. This works even if there are no females in heat around. Once you neuter the dogs it will result in reduced aggression and will eliminate sexual frustration in them. This will result in fewer fights between the dogs. Note: It takes several months for the hormonal changes to take effect after the surgery so have patience while dealing with the dogs.

Two Mutts in Same House

  • Dogs also depict certain nonverbal cues when they are about to fight, hence; it is important to look for signs like barking, several frowned stares, elevated hair on the back and anxiety every time the two of them are near to each other. Once you find any of these signs of either of the two dogs separate them before the fight starts. This will take some time for you to understand the cues, but with time you will master this skill.
  • Exercising both the doggies is a must. Remember that dogs show aggression to expend their excess energy. A dog that does not get enough activity can get frustrated, which can build up to become aggression towards the other dog. If both the dogs get along well take them for exercise together. Otherwise, you will have to take them alternately. There are certain dogs that need more exercise than others, hence; you need to make them tired before ending the exercise schedule.
  • If you are not around for a specific period of time, keep the dogs separate so that there is no scope of injury in case they fight in your absence. You can even divide a specific region in the house like a yard into two by utilizing a gate or a fence. Alternatively, you can keep one dog in a crate while the other dog can freely roam.
  • If you multiple dogs there is bound to be one amongst them you can be the dominant one. Once you find that there is a leader pack amongst the dogs respect the position. It is important to feed the leader first and then the other dogs to re-confirm their position. Once the submissive dog accepts it, peace will be restored between the dogs.
  • The last alternative is to have a discussion with your veterinarian if the aggression episode amongst one dogs repeats consequently. This is specifically important if your dog has an anxiety problem. With proper treatment, it is possible to control the aggressive behavior. But do not ever consider it to be an alternative to training. Remember training is a must for all the dogs in the household.

Once you have taken these steps; it will become quite easier for you to establish truce between the two dogs. If you have already been through an experience of tolerating the fight between two mutts, share with us how did you deal with the problem; and we would be glad to integrate it in our upcoming blogs.