5 Common Pet Problems: Cats & Dogs Debunked
Anyone who’s ever had a pet will attest to the fact that while they love them dearly, there are times when they want to boot the furry critter right out the front door. Sometimes your pet problems are behavioral, sometimes they’re physical, and sometimes they baffle you beyond belief. Here are simple tricks, products, and perhaps theories on how you can make the love/hate relationship with your best pal a little more love and a little less irritation.
Problem 1: Yellow Stains on Your Otherwise Green Lawn
Many dog owners know exactly what this means. Fido is going #1, obediently, in the yard and. The next day his target location has become a circle of yellowed, murdered grass blades. What to do? Train the dog to pee in the toilet – perhaps. Or, spring a few bucks and buy your dog “pee treats” (that’s not the trademarked name, just a fitting nickname). I used to buy Lawn Guard treats from Doctors Foster & Smith for my chocolate lab, and they worked like a charm. No more yellow grass spots, plus he thought he was getting a treat which always makes for a happy pup!
Problem 2: Stressed-Out Kitty (or Dog!)
If you’re a cat owner and have ever redecorated, moved, or added a family member, you may have experienced sudden erratic behavior from your once laid-back, lazy kitty. For some cats it’s spontaneous hairballs or vomiting, for some it’s diarrhea, and some just develop an overnight desire to start marking your previously pristine carpeting with their scent. Countless vet bills to get to the source of your feline’s woes could uncover a real health problem, or you could try what I finally tried after said vet bills that cured my pet of his stress and anxiety. They’re called pheromone plug-ins, and they’re like standard fragrant plug-ins you’d buy at the grocery store to plop in the outlets around your house, only you can’t smell them. Your PET can smell them, and the smell makes them relaxed and happy…enough to help them resume their normal behavior and stop leaving traces of their anxiety all over your floors. You can get these from your vet, or you can get them online at PetComfortZone.com.
Problem 3: Uncontrollable Shedding
If you keep a lint roller in your car to de-fuzz your black pants every morning because your pet seems to be shedding a full coat daily, there are tons of solutions online for you to try. You can increase the regularity of their baths, always followed by a thorough brushing to remove the stray hair. You can also try upgrading their food – the stuff you buy at the grocery store doesn’t always give them the nutrition or the honest ingredients they need to keep a glossy, healthy coat. Hit up a local natural health food store, or even a natural pet store if you’re lucky enough to have one nearby. Another solution is to try an omega fish oil supplement – if you’re blessed with a pet that willingly swallows pills, cheers to you! If not, get a bottle of the oil version and drizzle on their food. The fatty acids are great for nourishing their locks and improving the health of their coat, which sometimes helps reduce the overall shedding you have to battle.
Problem 4: The Tazmanian Devil
In most cases, this refers to an overly energetic dog. When it refers to a cat, more likely the cat is freaked out by some unwelcome excitement in the house. If you regularly use the word “crazy” to describe your dog or “skitzy” to describe your cat, next time he’s running around like a banshee, stop him and repeatedly massage his ears outward towards the tip. It’s calming and therapeutic for them, like getting your scalp massaged at the spa is therapeutic for you. Obviously this isn’t a one-and-done cure, but something you should treat them with now and then.
Problem 5: Digging, Chewing, and Scratching
While certainly a member of your family, your pet’s claws and teeth and not welcome EVERYWHERE. If your pet is prone to chewing on houseplants, scratching furniture, or even digging holes in the yard, you can try a variety of herbs and essential oils to deter them inexpensively and without harming them. A common solution for both cats and dogs are citrus scents. For houseplants, soak some cotton balls (and put out fresh ones as they dry out) in orange oil or lemon oil and stick them in the pot. Keep an oil warmer of similar citrus scents near any “problem” spots in your house that you want to keep your pets away from. Outside, use your Citronella candles for more than just bugs – cats and dogs detest their scent. In the yard or even in your kitchen, plant herbs like rosemary or lemongrass to keep pets away.
Clearly there are countless daily problems that we encounter every day with our pets. Hopefully these everyday solutions to some of the most common pet problems will work for you!