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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.
I was looking for advice about how to handle destructive behavior when my dog is left alone. We have made numerous steps to try and handle her, but she always seems to cause trouble when we leave for ...
Banfield Pet Hospital shows the common reasons that cats won't use litter boxes as well as helpful ways to solve the problem.
My one-year-old kitten eats clothes and charging cords. She appears to be healthy, has a shiny coat and eyes, a strong appetite, is very active, and has lots of toys - but she just has this one horrib...
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.