Scaredy Cat! What Causes Cat Anxiety and What to Do About It

An anxious cat claws at a sliding glass door to escape.

Anxiety is fear of the unknown, feelings of worry, and anticipation of danger. While most humans are familiar with this feeling, we might not be aware that our feline family members can experience it, too. Unfortunately, anxiety in cats is more common than you would think! 

It can be tricky to determine whether your cat’s mood is from anxiety, or if it is just normal cat behavior. The team at Brodie Animal Hospital is here to help you identify the signs of anxiety in felines, and offer some tips to help your scaredy cat calm down. 

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Help! My Cat Pees Outside The Litter Box!

Cat owner cleaning floor as cat watches.

One of the most compelling reasons why people love living with cats is their natural ability to locate and use their own bathroom. Of course, not everyone enjoys scooping litter, but it sure is handy that pet cats instinctively know what to do and where to do it. 

Accordingly, when a cat pees outside the litter box it can be absolutely bewildering. There is likely a reason (or multiple explanations) why they’re missing the mark. Since it’s not something anyone can easily ignore, it’s time to figure out what’s really going on – and what you can do to help.

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Our Favorite Training Treats for Cats

A person pets a cat.

If you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, what does that say for teaching cats anything? Luckily, there isn’t a lot of truth behind that old adage. Senior dogs can, indeed, learn new things and cats can certainly be trained as well!

Brodie Animal Hospital is a big believer in positive reinforcement training for dogs and cats alike. Positive reinforcement techniques always leave that burning question, though – what kind of treats or best? Read on to learn about our favorite training treats for cats. 

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Puppy Potty Practice: How to Successfully House Train Your Pet

Teaching your dog the ropes on where they should do their business is one that requires great amounts of patience. 

If you have ever house trained a puppy, you know that it is quite the process and that you will be cleaning up plenty of messes. Successfully house training your pet, though, can be done and it is a skill that will benefit them (and you!) for their lifetime. 

House training a pet relies on the same approach as you would take with teaching commands or how to walk on a leash. This means rewarding your pet for good behavior. But how do you do this? 

You’re in luck! The team at Brodie Animal Hospital  is here with some simple suggestions for how to train your pet to go potty where they should. Let’s begin!

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When You Return to Work, Is Pet Separation Anxiety Inevitable?

Most of us are having trouble coping these days, but family pets sure are enjoying their jobs. They fill very important roles for us in uncertain times as our support system, and we depend on them for their unconditional love, reassurance, and utter devotion. 

But what will happen to this dynamic if/when we return to work or school? Will pets just automatically resume their previous schedules? What about animals adopted right before the country shut down? They haven’t experienced large amounts of “me time” since arriving at their new homes. 

Pet separation anxiety is a natural consequence, and there are ways to prevent and treat it.

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Pop-Bang-Boom! Understanding and Managing Noise Anxiety in Pets

When it comes to summer, there’s so much to look forward to: trips to the lake, lazy days by the pool, 4th of July celebrations, and even the occasional thunderstorm that rolls through.

Unfortunately, your pet probably doesn’t share your excitement about fireworks and storms. All the loud noise, flashing lights, strange smells, and changes in atmospheric pressure can send even the calmest pet into a frenzy of fear.

The team at Brodie Animal Hospital wants to help you calm your pet’s fears so you can both get the most out of our gorgeous Texas summers. To get started, check out these tips and tricks for managing noise anxiety in pets.  

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What’s Up, Weirdo? Examining Why Dogs Eat Grass and Other Strange Stuff

Did you adopt a dog or goat? There aren’t many behaviors shared between the two species, but eating grass is definitely one of them. Some dogs simply love to chew on anything they can get between their jaws. Others do it for… well, they must have good reasons, right?

Leaning on canine logic may be a stretch in this case, but yes, dogs eat grass in order to to arrive at a specific sensation. What other funky dog behaviors get you second-guessing?

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