50 Secrets Your Pet Won’t Tell You
We asked animal behaviorists, nutritionists, veterinarians, and pet groomers to shed some light on what your furry friends would tell you if they could.
Because I’m a creature of habit, even a subtle change in my behavior is a red flag that I might be sick.
So if it takes me an hour to eat my food instead of 60 seconds as usual, if I’m tiring out faster when we play, if there are more urine clumps in the litter box than usual, or if I seem to be drinking more water, call the vet right away.
There’s no question that if you keep me inside and don’t let me wander the neighborhood…
…whether I’m a dog or a cat, I’ll have a better chance of living a longer life. I won’t get hit by a car, stolen, or just plain lost. But once I’ve been allowed to roam free, it’ll be hard to change me.
Please introduce me around when I’m young so I’m not afraid of strangers.
Some experts say I should meet 100 new people of different sizes, genders, and ethnicities in my first 100 days at home, even if it’s just a quick greeting. Make sure you include people wearing hats and sunglasses, since those accessories can look awfully scary to me. These are the 8 pet combinations that are most likely to hate each other.
You may think it’s cute when I rub my butt on the carpet…
…but it probably means that I’m itchy and would like to see a vet.
When you’re choosing a new furry friend, ask a vet or trainer for simple tests you can do to gauge temperament.
For example, you can try rolling me over on my back to see how I handle it. If I really struggle, I’m probably going to be tougher to train than an animal who lies there placidly.
Forget the Milk-Bones!
If you want me to really pay attention when you’re training me, use a treat that’s moist, something so gross, you don’t even want to hold it in your hand, like a piece of greasy chicken. Here are 11 dog food brands vets feed their own pets.
While some of us gulp down grass only if we’ve eaten something that doesn’t agree with us and we’re trying to regurgitate it…
…others of us just love to munch the lawn. So let me graze. Just make sure the grass I’m eating is free of pesticides.
Beware, Mom, because I will eat your underwear…
…especially if they’ve been worn. Veterinarians surgically remove hundreds of pairs from dogs’ bellies every year. Here are 13 photos that prove there’s nothing like the love of a child and their pet.
Please, please can I choose my own bed?
The most comfortable one will depend on how I sleep. Let me try out a few in a pet store. If I usually sleep with my legs sprawled out, I’ll be more comfortable on a flat bed without side bumpers. But if I like to curl up, I’ll probably love a bumper bed.