Hyper Pups and Fraidy Cats. Our pets love to move, it seems, though sometimes not in ways we would expect. When our pets are much more active than we expect, we sometimes refer to them as being hyperactive. On the other hand, when pets shy away from situations or events, we often deduce that they are afraid of what’s coming. What can you do as a pet parent if your fur-baby is either a hyper pup or a fraidy cat?
True hyperactivity in canines is relatively rare. Many times, pets are chosen because they are cute – without much thought given to the actual characteristics of the breed. While some breeds are mildly active, other breeds of dogs need a great deal of exercise. Before deeming your pup as hyperactive, research the breed and see if the behavior is typical. Also, take note of your pup’s age. Dogs who are three years old and younger still have boundless energy, while dogs over this age tend to become a bit more mellow.
Also, take into consideration your pup’s diet and any habits that have developed. Food sensitivity can cause hyperactive behaviors in some dogs. If you have previously been very “hands-on” or developed a routine of playing with your pup and then suddenly stop engaging him, this could also attribute to your dog’s seemingly hyperactive behavior.
“Fraidy cats” often appear to be fearful in response to real or seemingly real stimuli. All from the smallest kitten to the largest dog can be deemed fraidy cats during a loud thunderstorm. In this respect, our four-legged friends are not so different from humans, as many of us are also afraid during thunderstorms!
For our purposes today, though, we’ll focus on actual cats and kittens who are afraid of veterinarian visits. Statistically speaking, there are more felines as pets than canines, yet veterinarians often see more dogs than cats. This isn’t because dog lovers are more concerned about their pet, but more cats are actually afraid of the vet and pet owners are more hesitant to schedule the visits.
If your cat is afraid of the veterinarian, consider using Bach’s Pet Rescue Remedy. This herbal remedy is safe for dogs, cats, and even humans and can be used to relieve stress. Also, make a few test runs to the veterinarians office so that the cat can become more accustomed to the surroundings and will feel less afraid.
Whether you have a fraidy cat or a very active pooch, keep in mind that just like humans, all pets are unique. No two will act exactly the same. If you have questions or concerns about your pets’ behavior, a discussion with your veterinarian should ease your mind.