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Pain and Problem Behavior in Cats and Dogs
Pets are incredibly important in our lives. They provide us with unconditional love. However, they also have a lot of behavioral issues that make it difficult for us to care for them properly. Therefore, the following article will educate you on how dogs and cats experience pain and problem behaviors in their animal behavior and how your pet can be helped to eliminate both.
What is Animal Behavior?
Animal behavior refers to all things happening within an animal's cage or habitat that affect the animal's behavior during interactions between the two types of animals; non-human life forms and mammals from various regions of the world. The animal's body movement as well as verbal communication from another animal such as a dog or cat are what make a horse or lion behave in certain ways. At the instinctive level, a variety of elements influence human behavior. One of these factors is stress. When we talk about animals and how they live at the animal level, stress is one of the biggest problems. Stress takes many forms, but most often it entails having poor coping skills or not staying calm when faced with other life-threatening situations. Some examples include a car crash, a wolf running away with a sheep, bad weather conditions in nature, etc.
In my previous article, I talked about some common examples of animal behavior like eating poisonous snakes' eggs, chewing through trash bags to look for food, or a man and his wife who try to control each other at the dinner table when they do not want to eat because of past conflicts. All the above examples of animal behavior are common sense behaviors that make a huge difference. As our pets are still young and unpredictable behavior and temperament vary with each individual, one must take time and patience to understand the pet's specific needs at home. This is especially true if we get into older pets or they do not respond well to medication. Another way behavioral issues may arise in older pets is stress-related behavior. If the pet is stressed and has no place to go to seek refuge from stress, then this could include a dog who gets irritated from being so far away from family. Animals that are stressed out are more likely to exhibit problematic behaviors as compared to those which are calm, peaceful animals.
In short, pet behavior is extremely unpredictable, and every situation, and response, has been shown to vary with every pet given as to where we as owners choose to take pride in ourselves and our pet from.
Cats & Dog Food
When we talk about the behavioral differences between dogs and cats, we cannot ignore the fact that they are both intelligent creatures. There are similarities between cats and dogs, however. Both cats and dogs have an innate need for warmth and affection, which make them quite loyal to their owner and make them very protective of their family. Therefore, they are always available where needed and responsive to their owner's wishes. They are also capable of responding with great speed and focus towards something which demands attention. Unfortunately, there are instances that dogs and cats have trouble communicating with one another even though they are both intelligent and sensitive animals. The lack of understanding could lead to negative effects on the health and welfare of both humans and pets.
Dogs have difficulty handling stressful situations and tend to show aggressive behavior to make it clear that they need to be taken out of the situation. On the contrary, cat generally prefers calmness and calmness rather than aggression that makes them vulnerable to attacks. These tendencies make it difficult for them to establish trustful relationships with their owner if they know each other only via texting. Furthermore, when their owner doesn't encourage it, both dogs and cats struggle to learn to deal with stressful situations since they do not know where to go in such instances.
The lack of knowledge can lead to stress-related behaviors like pacing back and forth. Dogs have a natural instinct to do this while cats have difficulty dealing with the same emotion and do not use it to their advantage when faced by their owner. It becomes challenging for them to be positive loving and supportive to their dog to which they had previously been so loving and supportive. Eventually, this results in stress management issues which can result in fighting, abuse, over-protectiveness, neglecting animals, etc. Another issue arises regarding both dogs and cats when it comes to controlling their emotions. While dogs are calmer and less emotional, cats are much more active when confronted with emotions and are particularly quick to attack others that they deem uninteresting. Therefore, it becomes vital for both pet parents to understand their pet and how best they can interact in order to help them deal with stress issues.
Cratches of My Cat!
My first favorite animal (second actually) was a puppy named Stella. She was about four months old when she came into this world but she immediately became very protective of her brother, Kuma, so much so, that he began hitting him whenever she walked into the room. When she was 8 months old, she began attacking me on a daily basis. After two years of this behavior, she started scratching me, pulling at me, licking my face, and pulling at my legs frequently to keep me from leaving the house due to fear of abandonment. To date, we rarely ever see her without Kuma. But I still think these things were annoying.
I knew that if I did not recognize that she was trying to protect me, she would never stop doing this behavior and would continue to do it until she could finally realize that protecting herself and her family was the right thing to do. At the end of last year, I realized that Kuma was using adorable dog aggression to protect himself. I knew then that my dog has been trained to do this type of behavior to us so that Kuma could feel respected. That being said, I still wanted to find her a dog who would do this for Kuma as well. Of course, nothing would compare to Stella's tenacity and tenacity. My goal for my pet was to train Stella so that she would not just repeat whatever she is used to doing.
I did learn over a period of time that she has excellent eyesight and good hearing in addition to her strong personality. It is also important that the dog takes pride in defending itself and is willing to stand up to Kuma when she feels threatened. So far, it worked well so I am confident that Stella will take up training and that she will learn to protect herself and not just protect her little friend who loves her unconditionally.
Dogs are constantly busy doing different tasks. Since they are intelligent, I am unable to change the behavior of a dog and I am unsure of whether they get frustrated if they do not understand why they are not allowed to communicate with us as much as we do. If this does come up, my advice would be to let them know how we understand. Also, it helps if they understand what we mean through text messaging. Letting them know that they cannot talk about something else is extremely helpful and important as time passes.
Dogs do not understand why they are not allowed to speak to us as much as we do. Even though their communication skills are not limited to language, I would say that when they think about it they should understand better. Because they are such intelligent animals, I believe that they can understand and process what we are speaking to and respond and react accordingly to our spoken commands. This is also a reason why it is difficult for us to understand the behavior of dogs when they are talking to us. They are indeed aware of and used to what we've been talking to them. We can only hope that they can easily understand what we mean when we mention dog behavior and respond to them the same way we do to cats and dogs. Pet parents who own dogs, on the other hand, are frequently unaware of this problem and may attempt to compel their dog to behave in a way that is improper for its breed and personality.
Dogs have similar behavior as humans and require a form of support and counseling to help them learn better. For those who own dogs, the advice might sound harsh however it is essential for pet parents to understand that their dog might not have the exact same communication skills with us as they do with Kuma. This also means that pet parents need to remember that their dog is already going through the same steps we are, which makes learning the necessary behavior very tricky.
Dog Behavior Problems
One of the biggest challenges and concerns pet parents, in general, might have faced as a result of dog or cat behavior is dog-related behavior issues which can be crippling to the health and emotional well-being of both dog and cat parents. According to research and studies conducted on dog behavior issues, dogs and cats alike experience stress-related behaviors, which can become so serious that it leads to physical injuries like fractures (Arhant, Hörschläger & Troxler, 2019).
Studies have repeatedly shown dogs and cats to become physically injured after confronting dangerous situations, therefore, the chances of pet parents taking care of their beloved furry fur babies are higher than normal. Due to the potential danger involved in pet parenting, pet parents need to be prepared for the inevitable risk associated with their furry creatures. Whether we work in real estate or on the job, we must prepare ourselves with the ability to handle severe risks. Proper preparation begins with basic safety measures that pet owners can employ for themselves and for their pets as well.
According to an article written by Drs. David C. Harris and Daniel B. Fenton, “stressing dogs that can be fearful of strangers is the safest thing a pet parent can do – not only for the dog, whether she will be afraid or fearful but also for the dog and the owner."
There is another factor of being prepared for dog injuries during the case of stressors in our domestic and personal lives. Pet parents are always responsible for providing for a wide range of people and pets which results in stressors ranging from one pet to an entire household and family. Therefore, pet parents should be prepared to take care of their pets under any circumstances. Just like our dogs, there are pets that make us sad and upset.
Arhant, C., Hörschläger, N., & Troxler, J. (2019). Attitudes of veterinarians and veterinary students to recommendations on how to improve dog and cat welfare in veterinary practice. Journal Of Veterinary Behavior, 31, 10-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jveb.2019.01.004