Notoriously independent, cats may hide or mask symptoms of injury or illness, but these clues can help detect a health problem with your kitty.
Clue #1: Weight change
Unexplained weight loss or weight gain can be an indicator that something isn't right with your cat.
Clue #2: Messy coat
Cats may stop taking care of their fur if they're unwell. Over-grooming can also be a cause for concern.
Clue #3: Eye and ear issues
Check ears for inflammation or discoloration, and peek at the eyes. Pupils should be the same size with no cloudy film.
Clue #4: Mouth trouble
Cat breath may not be sweet, but it shouldn't smell terrible. Discolored gums can also be a sign of sickness.
Clue #5: Behavioral problems
Changes in behavior, like sudden irritability or litter box problems, can mean an illness is bothering your furry friend.
Of course, if you have any suspicion your cat isn't feeling right, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.
If your canine hasn't earned a diploma from obedience school, you may be looking for some training help. In that case, there are a few options you can consider:
Training in a small group can be great for teaching basic skills and socializing puppies.
If your pet has a specific issue, one-on-one time with a pro may be the way to go.
Don't have time to devote to your dog's training? This may be a good choice for you.
Talk to your veterinarian about specific training recommendations for your dog. Our friends at the ASPCA® also have more advice at their website.
Life with humans hasn’t eradicated all of our animals’ quirky behaviors. Many behaviors, such as digging, may be rooted in pets’ wild animal ancestry.
Face or Clothes Licking
Many cats like to shower their pet parents with rough-tongued kisses, sometimes purring and kneading them too. This behavior, which some experts link to being weaned or orphaned too early, may give cats comfort during times of stress, illness, or boredom—or it might simply be their way of relaxing.
Lots of dogs love to dig in the dirt or even on rugs and furniture. This urge may have been passed down from foxes and wolves that dig dens to protect pups from predators and extreme temperatures. In addition to making comfy sleeping spots, dogs dig to bury items, to hunt ground animals, or just to amuse themselves.
Some cats prefer water straight from the tap over water in their bowls. That’s not surprising considering it’s bound to be fresher. This behavior may have evolved from wild cat ancestors. For them, moving water could be a healthier choice, since it’s less likely to contain contaminants than stagnant water.
Why do dogs like to put things in their mouths? Puppies chew to explore and relieve teething pain, while older dogs often gnaw to strengthen jaws and clean teeth. Unfortunately, chewing can also be destructive and harmful if an object is ingested. Talk to your veterinarian if chewing is a problem in your home.
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You can find advice on a number of behavior issues for cats and for dogs at the ASPCA®’s website.