Experiencing behavior problems?

Behavioral problems often drive people to their wits end, making them feel as if giving up their pet is the only option. These problems can range from destructiveness to disobedience, from too much activity and playing to ignoring you completely, from submissive urination to litter box problems.

First and foremost, pets are living creatures, capable of fear, love, pain, loneliness, and joy. They should never be considered disposable property, for they should be considered members of the family.

If you can find a solution to the problems, and help make your pet a member of the family in good standing, that's one less animal that needs to come to the shelter, and both the animal and humans will be happier. If your problems cannot be resolved, please try to find a responsible home for your pet. But, please try to resolve the problem first; it might cost your pet his or her life otherwise.

If you are experiencing any behavioral problems, please check out our link to the ASPCA's Virtual Pet Behaviorist.