Simple Ways To Tackle 3 Common Pet Problems
Adopting a pet from a shelter can be one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences. However, people often bring home a new pet only to run into some natural problems that they don’t think they can handle. At that point, some pets unfortunately get taken back to the shelter—they’re down a loving home, and the owner is down a furry friend. However, what many people don’t realize is that many of these common pet problems can easily be fixed with just a little time, patience and understanding.
One of the most important things when bringing home a new pet is not being afraid to ask for help. Because there are many quick fixes to these problems though, they should never be a reason for you to take your pet back. There are many people out there who have brought home numerous new pets and know all of the tricks of the trade that they’re willing to impart on you. If you don’t know anyone that has the experience, find a forum that you can ask your questions and other owners who have adopted pets can leave you some advice.
To get you started, here are a few quick fixes to three initial problems that may occur in new pets:
1. Your Pet Seems Jumpy And Not Very Friendly
When most people get to a new environment, they aren’t exactly gung-ho to start making friends ASAP. It often takes quite a bit of time for them to grow acclimated to their new environment in such a way that they feel ready to get out of their comfort zone and meet some new people. The same is true for pets.
However, the difference is that most humans at least understand why they’ve been moved. Your pet on the other hand only knows that they’re in a foreign place with people they’re not familiar with. Therefore, be sure to do the following:
- Give your pet time to explore.
- Don’t open up the full living space to your pet right away, as they’re likely to feel overwhelmed that way. Instead, open up new areas room by room at your new pet’s pace.
- Don’t invite everyone you’ve ever known to meet your pet in those first couple days. Use that time to form your bond with your pet. The other people will still be there in a couple of days.
- Make sure your house is “pet ready.”
2. Your Pet Is Being “Bad”
No one likes their couch getting scratched, or their socks getting chewed up. However, for some pets, this may be one of the first times they have ever lived in a real home so they don’t know any better. Therefore, the first couple times the behavior is exhibited, make sure to tell your pet “no” in a firm voice and relocate them to a different space. If it continues to occur, try to find out why your pet might be exhibiting this behavior.
Also, do some research about how you can curb these bad habits. For instance, if your cat is scratching all over everything, buy him a scratching post. (He’ll thank you.) Quite few problems can be solved by spending more time with your pet and making sure they’re getting the exercise and activities they need.
3. Your Pet Is Peeing In The House
Yes, this can be attributed to little or no training; in that case you can look into a pet behavior class. There are some relatively cheap ones that help your pet with their manners and give you the tools to be able to ask him or her nicely. However, eliminating waste in the house can often be a sign of a health condition also. Therefore, make sure when you bring your pet home, you also take him to the vet right away. This may be the only time they have seen the vet before in their whole life, but even having all their shots and being “fixed” doesn’t always mean everything is perfect. This way you will be able to rule out health issues when having behavior issues.
It is no fun to bring home a new friend and immediately run into problems. And even with new friends, jobs, bosses, there are always issues. The key is to work through it and just like any investment or anything else, the work you do on the front end will be paid out later.
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