Category: Behavior

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cat scratching

Are you scratching your head wondering why your cat has destroyed your furniture? Cat scratching is a natural behavior that many pet owners find frustrating. This episode discusses why cats scratch, the evidence and misconceptions about declawing, and ways you can train your cats to scratch where you prefer. Dr. Gwennyth Stair of High Ridge Animal Hospital shares her tricks for using nail caps to protect your sofa and your skin.

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Previsit Medications

Scared pets at the vet are displaying perfectly normal fear responses, but it doesn’t have to be like this. Previsit medications can be part of a plan to minimize fear, anxiety and stress when your dog or cat needs veterinary medical care. This episode focuses on how previsit medications, such as pheromones, gabapentin, and trazodone, may help make your trip to the vet as pleasant as it could be.

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Decreasing Stress Before Vet Visits

Some pet owners may feel dread when thinking about bringing their pet to the vet. Fear, anxiety, and stress can be major barriers to bringing dogs, and especially cats, in for much needed medical care. Stress can cause major obstacles to providing the highest medical care once the animal is at the vet. A relaxed, happy vet visit starts at home by decreasing anxiety before your pet reaches the vet’s office. Listen to this week’s episode for valuable, actionable tools on decreasing stress before your pet’s trip to see the veterinarian.

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Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease

Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) and urinary obstructions (UO) are common medical reasons for cats to visit the veterinarian. FLUTD can be chronic and frustrating for cat owners. Urinary obstructions can be life threatening if the obstruction is not removed. Emergency veterinarian, Dr. Christine Klippin talks about what to watch for at home and how your veterinarian can help.

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Inappropriate Elimination

Cats who pee outside the litter box are 2-6 times more likely to be relinquished to a shelter. Dr. Lauren Harris talks about inappropriate elimination and the significant damage to the human animal bond in today’s episode. Restoring that bond requires appropriate diagnosis, which is obtained by partnering with the veterinarian to evaluate for underlying medical conditions. If no medical reason can be found, behavioral assessment can help determine a cat’s aversions and preferences to help get them going where they should.

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