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February
Editorial

Owners play a pivotal role in their pet’s lives, providing food, water, toys and affection. For the most part, animals respond in a positive way to such treatment. However, research shows that giving a pet too much attention can lead to a pet manipulating his or her owner. At what point is it time to put your foot down? Read on for more…

Do You Give Your Pets Too Much Attention?

How to Avoid Becoming a Pushover in Your Pet's Paws

 

How to Handle Manipulative Pet Behavior

Managing Manipulation Starts at "Meow"

Recent studies have shown that some cat owners wake up earlier or stop what they are doing to tend to their cat’s needs, demonstrating the evolution of domestication as cats learned how to persuade humans in order to obtain food and shelter. Through the years, cats have honed their pitch so that humans can’t ignore them, and many cats have learned how to vocalize what they want with an urgent cry followed by a soft purr.

While some cats have several different cries, others may use gestures with their paws to get attention. Meowing becomes manipulating when an owner coddles their pet every time a cry is heard. Cats soon get used to the idea of always getting their way, and this is how they will take advantage- the next thing you know, you’re canceling evening plans because Fluffy is meowing. However, vocalization by felines may not always be a cry for something. In fact, some cats like the Siamese are very vocal and just love to meow, without wanting or needing anything.

Still, owners adore their feline friends, regardless of their extreme independence and occasional bad behavior that most people would never tolerate from their children or house guests! Cats are also notorious for only receiving affection and attention on their own terms.  Nevertheless, the relationship between a human and a cat is give and take- humans give and cats take.

The Difference With Dogs

Dogs, on the other hand, have always been expected to be obedient and loyal, so when a dog manipulates his owner, it will probably be overlooked. Studies have shown that some breeds of dogs are more intelligent than others, like the Border Collie, German Shepherd, and Labrador Retriever, just to name a few. These canines have been known to be a little too smart for their own good.

A perfect example of a dog acting out is during social gatherings, when owners may not spend "enough" time with their dog.  Later, they may find that Fido urinated on the bed, in the closet, or a favorite pair of shoes. In this case, Fido may be suffering from social anxiety or he is trying to tell you that he is upset because he didn’t get enough attention.

If your is pet nervous or scared in social situations, try PetCalm™ to soothe fear and nervousness during stressful situations or everyday disturbances
   
 

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To Scold or Not to Scold? What Really Works for Dogs & Cats

Later, you may scold Fido for his actions, although perhaps unknowingly, you will also be giving him the attention he craved. Keep in mind that for both cats and dogs, good or bad, attention is still attention- and they love it.

Cats seem to not mind so much when they are in trouble, and their playful ways always gets them off the hook- making it a little harder to reprimand them. Dogs, however, referred to often as “man’s best friend”, will seem guilt-ridden when they are in trouble-- but that doesn’t mean they won’t be unruly again if the opportunity arises.

As a pet owner, you don’t want to stop giving them the attention and affection they deserve; however, it is important to not let Fluffy or Fido manipulate you. So what can you do?

  • Learn the signs- when a cat starts to flick his/her tail, or your dog acts sulky, this usually means something is in store for you.
  • Provide more stimulation- provide cats and dogs with an entertaining environment and introduce more toys.
  • Ignorance is bliss- stop paying attention to excessive meowing or incessant whining- unless your pet is showing other signs of pain.

Always make sure that your pet isn’t acting out due to a health issues- take your pet to the vet if whining or meowing persists.

 

To aid in your efforts, Aggression Formula™ reduces excessive barking, biting, and scratching associated with aggression


Product Questions? Ask Our Pet Experts

Question:

"I want to know why my cat gets aggressive and panicked when there are other people around and how to stop it?"

– Myriam

Answer:.

There are many reasons for this behavior, but as we cannot examine your cat, we are unable to pinpoint the exact cause. We recommend PetCalm, which contains ingredients known for providing calming and soothing effects.

PetCalm may be used regularly to soothe fear and nervousness in pets with nervous dispositions, or as needed for relief during particularly stressful situations like when there are house guests, visits to the vet, change of home, domestic stress, fireworks, etc. We also recommend that you consult an animal behaviorist for help with this problem.

The PetAlive Team


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