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Common Problems With Pets at Home

common problemsOwning a pet can be a wonderful enhancement to your life. The responsibilities are tremendous however and it is helpful to be prepared. Below are some of the common problems that arise with pets at home. Knowing these will help you take the best possible care of your animal and offer them a warm and nurturing environment in which to thrive.

Potty Training

This is always one of the biggest issues with having a pet at home, especially with young animals such as kittens or puppies. Many people fall in love with the cute cuddly animals, bring them home – only to realize the hard way they weren’t set up for the accidents which happen with young animals.

Just like children, young animals need to be trained to go potty, whether outside, in a litter box or designated area. Luckily, this process is fairly easy and will only take a limited amount of time and patience. Animals are much smarter than people think. In fact, dogs and cats can even be taught to go on the toilet! This however will take a bit more time and patience.

Before bringing your new pet home, insure you have an area set up for them to go potty. For puppies, the best method is to use newspaper placed in an area which is not carpeted such as a laundry room or bathroom until they learn. Once they learn this is the area they should go, you can bring this outside and teach them to go out. For kittens you will need to provide a litter box as well as newspaper around and if they have an accident you will need to show them where it belongs by placing it into the litter box or newspaper. The best recommendation is to consistently put them in these designated areas until they learn to go by themselves.

Scratching, Chewing and Tearing Furniture

Many pets that are untrained will quickly tear up your furniture and other household items. Common problems that arise with pets at home are more prominent if they are young. Kittens can be declawed once they are of the appropriate age. This will help but if you are against this you can also introduce them to a cat perch or house which is generally designed for scratching. Puppies must be taught that it is not okay to chew on shoes or other items in the house.

This disciplinarian action is up to you. Generally a pat on the nose and a firm tone of voice is enough to teach them. You will have to develop a measure of patience as it can take time for them to learn but eventually they will. Insure you have your room or house set up with enough toys for them to play with and chew so they avoid your personal belongings. Once they know what is theirs to play with and what is not okay, you should be fine.

Allergies

allergiesMany people, especially children are allergic to the fur of animals. Sometimes this is only temporary until they have developed a resistance and actually studies indicate that children exposed to pets will have a higher immune system and resistance to allergens in the future. That being said, it is helpful to insure your house has the proper filtration system for pet allergens. You can purchase air filters which will help eliminate these particles.

You will also want to make sure you are bathing and grooming your pet regularly which will help eliminate bacteria, dirt and insects which will be carried on your pets’ fur or skin. Regularly dusting and vacuuming will also create a better, more allergy free household. You can consult with a physician before getting rid of your pet if you think allergies are an issue. They may be able to provide another remedy which will alleviate the symptoms through medication or natural remedies.

Although there are common problems that arise with pets at home, the benefits outweigh the risks. Pets have been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, provide better health and help owners get more exercise through playtime. Knowing this and being able to properly prepare and provide for your animal will leave you both with a happy and fulfilled life together.