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Although often considered insignificant or even “cute” as a puppy, destructive behaviors can escalate in severity and become dangerous as a puppy grows.
Banfield Pet Hospital provides background on why cats scratch furniture as well as helpful solutions like scratching posts and as a last result, declawing.
When your cat scratches, he or she is engaging in normal feline scratching behavior, but he or she may be directing this behavior at household items. Scratching serves many functions for the cat, including a communication tool (leaving both scent and visual marks at the site), a way to clean and condition the claw beds, and a great way to stretch the muscles of the legs and toes. Read this handout for tips on getting your pet to stop scratching furniture.
This handout provides tips on how to prevent destructive behavior from cats, such as scratching up furniture.
Banfield Pet Hospital shows the common reasons that cats won't use litter boxes as well as helpful ways to solve the problem.
Gaining a better understanding of the feline species and providing for your kitten’s needs with appropriate training and structure will ensure a smoother introduction of your new kitten into your family.
We hear about many complaints about pet behavior from clients at our hospitals. Many behavioral problems with dogs and cats have an underlying issue that needs to be addressed so that behavior modification can be successful.
At Banfield Pet Hospital, our top priority is providing the highest-quality of veterinary care to each pet we treat. Every policy and medical procedure supported by our practice has been put in place with the health and wellness of pets in mind.
In September, as the kids head back to school, did you consider that your dog may have to adjust to the changes in the family routine just like everyone else? During the summer, your children and the family dog can develop a strong bond. Now there’s suddenly an empty and quiet house. This change in routine can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety or depression—to actually miss your kids—and even follow them to school. Your dog may experience the effects of the loss of extra playtime and the friendship developed with your children by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviors.