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A Cats Strange Chewing Habits

Monday, July 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catcheewhatSome cats have very strange chewing habits. Some will chew on clothing or cotton, mine likes to chew on string. Did you know that odd cat chewing behaviors could result in serious medical complications? If I catch any of my cats chewing on anything that I consider dangerous such as string, I immediately take it from them and get rid of it. Here are some tips that may help to curb a cats chewing habits.

If your cat feels the need to crunch on things, substitute his chewing on something dangerous with something that is good for him. Try carrots, lettuce or dry cat food or healthy cat treats. You can also get some cat chew toys.
You may want to create a window box that is filled with cat nip or wheat grass. My older cat loves to chew on grass but since I keep her indoors, occasionally I will buy her some wheat grass as a treat.
Try hiding some bits of dry cat food around the house. If will give them something to do rather than chew on things that may harm them.
If your cat insists on chewing plastic, wood or fabric, try spritzing those things with a bitter substance or a cat safe repellent.
Most cats don’t like the smell of perfume. Mix one part perfume with ten parts of water and spray in the place where you do not want your cat to chew.
Make sure that your cat is not chewing on electrical cords. If this is the case, use gaffer’s tape to wrap around exposed cords.

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dogpullingWhen we were growing up we had a Lab named Rocky. He was a large, muscular but very friendly dog. My mom, was a relatively small woman and she would take him out for walks regularly. There was one problem, when Rocky saw another dog, he would charge toward it and sometimes pull my mother or whoever was walking him down. I remember, seeing her come home with bruises on her arm. So how do we get a large dog from pulling on his dog leash? This could be a tough one.

The number one thing that you should do is make sure that you are using the proper dog collar. Make sure the collar is comfortable and fits fido properly.The collar shouldn’t be so tight that it is choking the dog, but should be tight enough so that it does not slide up and down the dog’s neck.
You should be able to slide your hand between the dog’s neck and collar when it is secured in place.
Many people choose to use a harness instead of a collar. The harness disperses the pressure to the dog’s back rather than its neck. This will allow you to train your dog to walk on a leash without having to rely on the choking feeling the dog gets when pulling at its leash.

If you’re training your dog not to pull, don’t use a retractable dog leash. This will defeat the purpose. Use a standard chain or cloth leash.

When your dog pulls, stop and stand still. No matter how hard he pulls, don’t let him go in the direction that he wants to. The reason is that if the dog pulls and you follow it, he is getting his way and going where he wants to.

Wait until the dog does anything to loosen his leash.The dog might stop pulling by leaning back, sitting, or changing direction. As soon as the leash loosens, you can start walking again.
You can encourage the dog to loosen the leash by calling it back to you.

Do this for the duration of his walk. This method takes a lot of patience. It will teach your dog that pulling gets it nowhere.

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