DOG SEPARATION ANXIETY—”SCARED TO BE HOME ALONE”

August 23, 2014 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

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Cats and dogs make wonderful pets. However, taking care of these pets can be quite challenging as well as rewarding. Dogs are social animals that prefer to live in groups. Like humans, dogs also undergo different kinds of emotions and express diverse behaviour patterns. Understanding these various aspects is crucial in bringing up your pet dog. Separation anxiety is a common behaviour problem in dogs that occurs when the dog is separated from its group represented by the owner or owners. This is the second most common reason that most dogs are given up or euthanized.

Although separation anxiety is common in all breeds of dogs, German Shepherds, Airedales, Springer Spaniels, Australian Shepherds and Weimaraners are more prone to this condition. This is not to say all of these dogs will not cope being left alone, as with all dogs it will vary greatly depending on the individual. The affected dog shows signs of distress on being separated from the family group or owner to which it is highly attached.

Separation anxiety is primarily triggered when the dog becomes irritated and upset because of separation from guardians. The dog being attached to the guardians displays such behavioural pattern. Dogs with separation anxiety display escape attempts that are often extreme and can result in excessive household destruction as well as self-injury. The dogs usually attempt the escape attempts near the doors and windows and may cause injury to themselves during this process. Read more…

Will Dogs and Cats can live in Perfect Harmony in the Home?

February 05, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

There is a very interesting research paper published in Tel Aviv University. The research finding is first of its kind and is a boon to pet lovers. The research finding can be seen d in the journal for applied animal behaviour. There are hardly any research papers on different pets living together without any fuss.

According to Prof Joseph terkel, nearly one third of the Americans want to have pets of two different species but are worried about the trouble that is likely to follow if they do not live in harmony. As per the study, the cats and dogs can live peacefully in a house if there are introduced in right way. Let us discuss about it here. The cats should be adopted first.

The Tel Aviv university researchers have worked on this subject comprehensively. They had conducted interviews with more that 200 pet owners who have both dog and cat in the same house. They had videotaped the pets and had observed the behaviour of those dogs and cats very closely. After so many deliberations they had concluded that the dogs and cats can live in the same house without any trouble if certain conditions are met with.

As per the research finding nearly two third of the owners who had both dog and cat expressed that there is positive relationship between the pets. Nearly 25 % of the pet owners reported that their pets do not fight but at the same time were not close to each other and there was total indifference.

Nearly 10 % of the pet owners reported that there was active fight and enmity between the dog and cat housed together. There are many reasons for the fighting. There inter species signals are different. The dog wags the tail when happy, where as the cat purrs. The averted head signal in cat is aggression and the same signal in dog means submission.

It was observed that in houses where the dogs and cats stay together without any fuss, the cats learn to talk like the dog vice versa. If the following suggestions are followed the cats and dogs can live happily. The cats should be adopted first. The dog should be adopted next. The cats should not be aged more than 6 months and the dog should be below 1 year of age at the time of introduction, which is the key to the success. As they grow together, they get close to each other and one pet can understand the other better and can live in harmony for years.

Do the Cats Grieve for their Feline Friends?

June 08, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

Many have more than one pet in house. This is not very unusual. If you have money and time at your disposal, you can go in for any number of pets. These pets not only develop bond with owners but also with the fellow companions. 

Cats don’t live in packs like dog. They prefer to be only animal in the house. They don’t even prefer other cats to be around in the house. Of late, there is slight change in the cat’s behavior. They adjust to live not only with the other cats but also other animals like dog.

 Here, the relationship of cat with the other animal changes. You can see the cats lying together on a same cushion. You can even see one cat grooming the other. Hence, it will not to be a surprise, if you notice a cat grieving for the other cat or dog. But, identifying the grieving cat is never going to be easy.  The cats will not express their pain in words. The cats won’t shed tear.

The signs of grieving in cat are very similar to the human beings in many other ways.  You can notice loss of appetite. There can be increased noise. The cats may be sleeping more than the usual. All these signs indicate that the cats are under stress because of the loss of its companion.  

Few cats can be seen roaming around the house as if looking for his companion. Few cats will meow for no apparent reason. Few cats will be often looking at the window or the door. Few cats will not play as usual with their favourite toys. Totally the cat will be out of character. It is true; these signs can also be due to ill health of the cat. In case of doubt, veterinary help can be sorted.

But the grieving cat certainly requires the pet owner’s best attention. You should try to engage them more in games just to distract their attention. We should not reward the cat for excess meowing, because the cat may make it a habit.  We need not to rush in getting a new pet for the cat. The cat should be given sufficient time to come to terms with the loss. Let the cats get to its own position in the house after the loss. Then slowly we can think of introducing a new companion. We need to do all this to support the cat grieving after all he or she is like our family member, is it not.