Pet Tips is a page to be developed by any viewer. I’d really like HomeKeeperU to connect with the Martha Stewart or in this case Jackson the Cat Whisperer side of home keeping. If you have anything worth knowing about your pets please leave it in the comments section below. If your Pet Tip is appropriate and unique it most probably will make it onto the page.
We have a cat that was probably taken from the litter a little too soon. To make matters worse the full grown cat we already had treated him like hell; no love. no affection just hissing and growling. Needless to say the kitten grew up with a few psychological problems. He had no “family cat” role model so he had to find his own identity as a cat. He did this trough hunting. I have no problem with that but he was kinda antisocial and a little aggressive with my daughter. He almost never meowed or purred. I wanted to show him that he humbly needed us. The older cat meowed all the time so I simply used the word outside or inside and would wait for her to meow. Then I’d let her out or in. This quickly became routine and the younger cat couldn’t help but notice because he loved going outside. He was very reluctant at first but quickly learned that he had to perform a task to get what he wanted. With lots of attention, cat treats, and vocal demands his meow has become louder and he even purrs. His aggressiveness has subsided. He’s more affectionate and I think he feels more secure of his place in the family. It’s hard to believe that placing one simple demand on him could get all these changes but that’s how it went down. The older cat still hates him but he can defend himself now. Sometimes he bullies her. It’s never more than some pawing and growling; no nails I think Jackson the cat whisperer would be happy with results of this untrained amateur. Simply making the cats acknowledge that they had a need we humans must address got a little humility.
We have a rescue dog, named Rocket, that came from a foster home where he was being temporarily lodged. We bought him a crate, doggie bed, treats and a chew toy. At first he took to pooping on the floor and leaving the yard. I raised my voice and said “bad boy”. I shut the door to his crate so that he could not gain access and took up his dog bed for several hours. I also took away his chew toy and the positive attention that he receives regularly. It worked for both disciplinary measures. I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for any domestic doggie woe. The best part is I don’t even have to raise my hand to him to get results. So if you get a dog you may want to consider getting a bed, crate, toy, and dog treats as well. Good luck!
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