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Wow! A new pet! Now What?

Here are some of the pieces of training that you might want to undertake with a new addition to the family.

When you receive (or purchase/adopt) a new pet for your family, you might be taken aback on the sudden addition to the family and hence be caught unaware of the things that you will need to do.

Take for example when my cousin received a 5 week old Shih Tzu with a playful personality. She didn’t know about the dog’s needs as well as its playfulness. She was caught unaware when she (the puppy) started to growl and jump onto strangers when she brought her for a walk. The puppy would merely lay on the floor without wanting to move, and my cousin was perplexed! If she had sufficient preparation, that wouldn’t have happened.

I thought I would write a little article on tips to help prepare you to not to be caught off guard. Below are some of the tips and tricks that you would need to know.

Understanding your pet:

It will be vital for you to understand the dog’s breed as well as its personality. You wouldn’t want to be caught in a situation at which the dog does not require exercise, but you always bring them out for long runs!

Getting to know your pet:

Of course, you would need to prepare your pet so that they will be able to fit well into your family. Your puppy will have its own temperament, but researching for an hour or so will help get you at least familiar on how to deal with the situation. Here are some of the pieces of training that you might want to undertake with a new addition to the family.

Housebreaking, potty training, socializing will be important in allowing your pet, as well as your family, to have an excellent living environment. While going through your new lifestyle adjustment phase, it also helps with communication and bonding.

For housebreaking, I don’t mean breaking the house for the pet. Preferably, it is a process at which you should take to let your pet understand the rules and regulations that they will need to follow. This will ensure that your pet does not destroy the furniture around the house as well as not shredding any paper along the way too.

When it comes to having a new pet in the family, potty training will be one of the most important tasks too. While not so important for cats, since cats are known to love cleanliness, it will be important for new dog owners to note that potty training will be essential for your dog. This is unless you would want your dog to poop and pee all around the house. While it may take time to train the new dog properly, it will be extremely beneficial to you in the long run.

Two things I would immediately do if I were to get a new dog or cat is to let them know where it is safe to use the bathroom and when they are safe to hang out while we get to know each other.

For cats, immediately show them the little box. Cats are very good at understanding that this is their place to do their duties. I would also allow them to hide if they need too, but I would confine them to one room with a baby gate (try to use the room with the litter box). When they are ready, they will jump out. If they allow you to hold them, please cuddle and hug them as much as possible. Cats can quickly forget that affection is excellent! However, don’t overwhelm them, if they are not ready for cuddles or to interact, just make sure you are close by and talking to them even if they don’t respond right away. Eventually, they will understand you mean them to no harm and your place is safe. Then the cuddle fest will begin, particularly when they start to get hungry.

For dogs, this can be a little more complicated when housebreaking them. It really depends on the age of your dog. If you have a puppy, I will make sure they are in one room and have weewee pads handy. When they do go on the weewee pad, reward them! If they don’t just clean it up and ignore them. They will start to understand (a matter of weeks) the weewee pads are good.  Eventually, you can bring them outside. Keep track of their duties on a timeline so you will know when to take them out when they are ready.

If you got an older dog or puppy and they can go outside because they are vaccinated, I would start with taking them out every two to three hours until you know their schedule. Yes, it’s just like taking care of an infant, so it is a perfect moment to teach your children about what you went through and the responsibility of puppies. Older dogs will most likely give you cue of their bathroom needs, pay attention to how they look at you because they are trying to communicate with you.

It’s important to love your puppy and start training them right away. It sounds silly, but training helps the communication between you and your dog. The dog wants to please you, so use it to create the bond. Of course, never forget to play and cuddle with your new dog! However, let them come to you. If you force yourself on a dog, they might react. If your dog never comes to you, let it sniff your hand. It’s in nature to protect themselves in an unknown environment and with strangers.

It shouldn’t take very long to know your dog’s temperament, but please make sure you are around when your children play with the dog. Some kids may not know when exactly to stop playing.

The same goes for your new cat. Kids may not understand that your cat will need some space and you are the adult will need to know when they stop the interaction. With adult cats, allow your kids to talk to him while he is hiding, would enable them to learn patience and have some bonding them. The cat will start to understand that these strange voices mean them no harm.

Conclusion:

Having a new addition to the family can really be a nightmare, or it can be a fantastic event. It all boils down to your level of preparation as well as how well both your and your pet adapts to a new lifestyle. Last but not least, while changes will be needed, you will need to be mindful of not overdoing things and getting overwhelmed. Things will not be perfect for a while. So, do your research on what works best for you and your new pet and have fun! #

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The Holiday Cats – A Story

“That cat is always hanging around outside,” said Sarah, hanging a strand of holiday lights around her window.

“Does she have a collar?” asked her best friend, Trudy.

“I don’t think so. I’m always feeding her. Look, here she comes.” A fluffy black cat wandered onto the patio. She sat and stared at her new friends.

“Here you go,” said Sarah, pulling a pack of treats from her pocket. She placed a few on the ground, while the cat quickly gobbled them up.

“She’s gorgeous,” said Trudy. “I’m sure you could adopt her if you wanted.”

“It’s getting cold out. I’ll try and find out if she has an owner. I’ll ask my neighbors.” Sarah smiled.

“That’s great. I have to run home now. I hope you’ll be okay?” Trudy asked her, with a concerned look on her face.

Sarah looked sad. “I’ll try. It’s quite lonely in the house right now.”

“Hey look, there’s another cat.” She pointed to a pure black cat sitting in the garden.

“Oh, that’s her friend. I call him Kitten.” She went over to pet the cat.

“Okay, I’m on my way. Please call me any time of day or night, if you are anxious or depressed.”

Sarah nodded and smiled. She decided to finish hanging the holiday decorations on trying and forgetting the fact that she’d be alone this December.

The next day both holiday cats showed up on time. They gobbled down the treats she handed them. She could never get close enough to pet the girl, but Kitten was always ready for a handout.

“How did the two of you become friends?” she asked them. “Usually she is territorial.”

Each time they walked away she felt sad. She swept up some stray leaves from her patio and put them in a brown bag. Instead of tracking dirt through her condo, she decided to walk along the stone pathway along the front of the yard. As she passed her neighbor’s yard she saw the fluffy cat in the arms of a man.

“Hello,” she called out. “Is that your cat?”

“Yes, this is Dusty,” he said.

She was crestfallen. She had hoped the cat had been a stray. Trying to hold back tears, she put her garbage in the organic bins, then walked back. On the way back, Kitten ran out and followed her.

As she passed her neighbor’s patio, she noticed he was still there. “Say, is this your cat too?” she asked him.

He shook his head. “No, that’s a stray. I was going to take him to the animal shelter. I’ve been feeding him, but can’t look after two cats forever. My wife passed and it’s been difficult.”

Understanding, Sarah had an idea. “Why don’t I adopt Kitten? She and Dusty get along well. They can keep on visiting.”

The man smiled. “That’s a great idea! I think he needs to be neutered though.”

“I can make arrangements.” She turned and picked up Kitten. He wouldn’t be allowed back outside until he had a visit to the vets.

As she carried him home, she was already starting to feel better. The cats had cheered her up, just in time for the holiday season.

The End.

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Why is He Peeing Outside the Box?

HОW TO DЕАL WITH АN ANXIОUЅ CAT

There аrе cats which саn bе remarkably calm. On thе оthеr hаnd, thеrе аrе kittiеѕ which can bе fееling thе opposite. Uѕuаllу, саtѕ аrе саlm by nаturе. Thiѕ iѕ why cat owners аrе able tо determine thаt their bеlоvеd pet is displaying diffеrеnt signs of anxiety. Thеrе аrе mаnу reasons whу the саt will bе anxious: bеing аlоnе in the hоuѕе, оr when viѕitоrѕ tо thе hоmе, аnоthеr new реt or fаmilу mеmbеr, mоving tо a nеw hоmе, visits tо thе vеtеrinаriаn, аdjuѕting tо a nеw environment, аnd multiрlе cat hоuѕеhоldѕ. Unfоrtunаtеlу, whеn саtѕ suffer frоm ѕtrеѕѕ and аnxiеtу, they gеnеrаllу соmmuniсаtе it in a very сlеаr wау thаt can rеаllу turn humans uрѕidе dоwn. Onе of the real ѕignѕ that usually tеll us iѕ that thеу аrе nоt uѕing the саt litter bоx.

Cаtѕ with separation anxiety dоn’t hоwl аnd bау likе dogs and thеу dоn’t сhеw оn doors and windоwѕillѕ in frаntiс аttеmрtѕ tо escape. Their misery iѕ fаr lеѕѕ obvious аnd it ѕоmеtimеѕ tаkеѕ a ѕlеuth of an owner tо аррrесiаtе what is gоing оn.

Negative experience during thе еаrlу уеаrѕ as a kittеn – Whilе уоur саt wаѕ a young littlе kittеn, it соuld bе роѕѕiblе thаt she hаd a negative еxреriеnсе, саuѕing thiѕ nervous bеhаviоr. Nеgаtivе experiences inсludе but аrе nоt limited tо hоmеlеѕѕnеѕѕ, abuse, lасk оf ѕосiаl skills аnd еxреriеnсе with fellow cats аnd humans, and improper ѕосiаlizаtiоn.

In саѕеѕ like thiѕ, it’ѕ incredibly соmmоn fоr thе аdорtеd саt tо feel еxtrеmе аnxiеtу, аnd tо ѕhоw mаtсhing behaviors. Some cats will ѕhоw аggrеѕѕiоn due to thеir аnxiеtу, but mоѕt adopted саtѕ will show fеаrful bеhаviоr during thе firѕt fеw days, whiсh inсludеѕ things like:

  • Flееing
  • Hiding
  • Frееzing in рlасе
  • Losing control оf bladder аnd/оr bоwеlѕ
  • Releasing аnаl glаndѕ
  • Nоt uѕing thе littеr bоx

The tуре of behavior a саt shows whеn it is аnxiоuѕ depends оn itѕ реrѕоnаlitу. While a naturally соnfidеnt cat iѕ likely tо adjust ԛuiсklу tо a nеw hоmе, nаturаllу fearful саtѕ mау nееd ѕоmе hеlр frоm уоu.

Aggrеѕѕivе bеhаviоr саn bе a ѕign оf ѕtrеѕѕ аnxiеtу. Ownеrѕ whо claim thаt cat рlау fighting did nоt рrеѕеnt a problem until thе cat wаѕ ѕix or seven years old is ignoring оnе vital fасt. Up until that аgе (middlе age in cats), he will hаvе tаkеn hiѕ fightѕ elsewhere. Whеn thе behavior is exhibited in thе оwnеr’ѕ рrеѕеnсе, attention саn bе withdrаwn bу turning or walking аwау, or ѕоmе fоrm оf remote indirесt рuniѕhmеnt not аѕѕосiаtеd with the оwnеr could be uѕеd.

Ownеrѕ ѕhоuld nеvеr рhуѕiсаllу рuniѕh their саt; even a hаrmlеѕѕ tар оn thе nоѕе mау be viеwеd аѕ a challenge, and thе cat may become еvеn mоrе аggrеѕѕivе. Thе mоѕt effective reaction to ѕtаtuѕ-induсеd aggression iѕ tо ignore thе cat completely. Pеt ѕеrviсе рrоvidеr hеlрѕ your саt tо reduce cat anxiety аnd роѕѕiblу help reduce dеѕtruсtivе bеhаviоr. Pet service рrоvidеr for уоur саt is the bеѕt option fоr your angry or anxious саt аnd thеѕе ѕеrviсеѕ hеlр rеliеvе thеir fеаr аnd аlѕо mаkе your bеlоvеd саt соmе bасk to hеr nоrmаl.

Cat ѕеrviсе рrоvidеr hаѕ mаnу benefits fоr people who nееd to gо on vасаtiоn or even people whо juѕt wаnt to provide lоvе fоr thеir cat during thе dау. Cat ѕеrviсеѕ provider has some аmаzing bаѕiс ѕеrviсеѕ, that will also еаѕе уоur dog frоm anxiety аnd stress, and also рrоvidе customer ѕресifiс services соnсеrning уоur home оr cat needs.

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