Pet Behavior

Tips For Happy Cats
Your cat brings you joy as she curls up on your lap and purrs herself to sleep. She provides you with endless entertainment as she chases her feather wand with enthusiasm. But from time to time, she might also drive you crazy as she scratches your favorite chair, executes sneak attacks on your ankles, or stops using the litter box.

Whatever “issues” you or your cat may have, we have information that can help you address them. Our tip sheets are designed to empower pet caregivers to solve the problems that threaten their relationships with their companion animals.

Solving your cat’s behavior problems may take a renewed commitment on your part, but it can be done. And it’s worth it. After all, research shows that most dogs and cats are relinquished to animal shelters—or otherwise given up—because of common behavior problems their families didn’t know how to solve.

Don’t let challenges threaten the bonds you have with your feline companion. With some effort and patience, and the advice on these tip sheets, you can address problem behaviors and keep your cat where he or she belongs—with you. All tips pages are in pdf format. Download a free copy of Abobe Reader.



Tips for Happy Dogs
Your dog provides you with love and companionship, but chances are he also provides you with some unpleasant surprises from time to time—a mess on the carpet or a slobbery pair of slippers, for example. While dogs seem to offer their people love and friendship almost immediately, learning how to live by the rules of a human household does not always come so easily.

Maybe your puppy hasn’t grasped the concept of house training quite yet, or perhaps your dog doesn’t understand why jumping the fence isn’t an approved activity. Whatever “issues” you or your pet may have, we have information that can help you address them. Our tip sheets are designed to empower pet caregivers to solve the problems that threaten their relationships with their companion animals.

Solving your dog’s behavior problems may take a renewed commitment on your part, but it can be done. And it’s worth it. After all, research shows that most dogs and cats are relinquished to animal shelters—or otherwise given up—because of common behavior problems their families didn’t know how to solve.

Don’t let challenges threaten the bonds you have with your faithful canine companion. With some effort and patience, and the advice on these tip sheets, you can address problem behaviors and keep your dog where he or she belongs—with you.


A Poison Safe Home
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Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet
– Alcoholic beverages
– Avocado
– Chocolate (all forms)
– Coffee (all forms)
– Fatty foods
– Macadamia nuts
– Moldy or spoiled foods
– Onions, onion powder
– Raisins and grapes
– Salt
– Yeast dough
– Garlic
– Products sweetened with xylitol

Warm Weather Hazards
– Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
– Blue-green algae in ponds
– Citronella candles
– Cocoa mulch
– Compost piles Fertilizers
– Flea products
– Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
– Swimming-pool treatment supplies
– Fly baits containing methomyl
– Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde

Medication
Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include:
– Pain killers
– Cold medicines
– Anti-cancer drugs
– Antidepressants
– Vitamins
– Diet Pills

Cold Weather Hazards
– Antifreeze
– Liquid potpourri
– Ice melting products
– Rat and mouse bait

Common Household Hazards
– Fabric softener sheets
– Mothballs
– Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

Holiday Hazards
– Christmas tree water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach.
– Electrical cords
– Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)
– Batteries
– Glass ornaments

Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats
The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:
– Water-based paints
– Toilet bowl water
– Silica gel
– Poinsettia
– Cat litter
– Glue traps
– Glow jewelry

For questions, contact us at info@dmcasf.org.