When Pet Behavior Is a Problem

What humans consider “problem” behavior in their pets may seem perfectly natural to them. Three of the most common cat behavioral issues are house soiling, aggression, and scratching. These natural instincts help the cat out in the wild but in a home, can cause frustration for not only for the pet parent but for other family members in the household. Dogs also have noticeable fear response behaviors like howling, excessive barking, destructive chewing, and aggression.

The first thing you need to know is that you’re not alone. Like humans, most dogs and cats will make a mistake sometime in their lives. Being aware of common cat and dog behavior problems will help you be better prepared to help you and your pet.

If this a new problem vs. an ongoing one, a veterinarian can be a valuable resource in helping you to uncover any underlying reasons for your pet’s behavior problem—especially if it’s related to a physical condition. They recommend treatment, and help both you and your pet get peace of mind.