First Aid related to Behavioral Changes
As with humans, one can observe behavioral problems in pets as they age. Underlying medical problems, change in lifestyle, excessive travel, lack of exercise are some other situations that your pet might find difficult to adapt to and start exhibiting behavioral issues. Below mentioned are the first aid for some of the behavioral issues observed in Cats, Dogs, and Rodents.
Excessive chewing: Although, it is normal for growing pups and kittens to demonstrate excessive chewing due to the teething process (which takes around 7-8 months). However, because of the impulsion to put things into the mouth, they might end up eating harmful things around. Hence, it is advisable to have chewing toys like rope toys, etc. for them to bite and chew whenever they feel like. For adult pets, it signifies anxiety, hunger or depression, which can be assessed and treated with the consultation of a vet
Aggression: Just like human kids, pets can develop aggression while growing up because of not being allowed to do things that they want to. Few examples include snooping under cars, eating anything they see, etc. This can be prevented by training your dog. One can choose to provide professional training or training at home, mostly it is done for pets who are above 4 months of age
Sexual Tendencies: Most adult male dogs tend to show the behavior of mounting objects or human legs when they attain their sexual maturity, which starts as early as 5 to 6 months of age. In the case of male cats, post their age of reaching sexual maturity (5 months and above), they start marking their home territory by spraying or urinating around the house, which can become messy at times. Sexually active female cats also demonstrate behavior changes like aggression, loud meows, etc. when they reach puberty (around 4 to 5 months).
Veterinarians suggest getting your pet neutered/spayed at the appropriate age to rid off of this behavior. If the pet owners want to get their pet mated to have an offspring, it is generally advised that the male pet should be of at least 1 year and the female pet should be of at least 1.5 years before they mate. Post which, it is suggested to get your pet neutered/spayed since there is no medicinal remedy or training for correcting this behavior.
Rodents like rabbits, guinea pigs, and hamsters multiply very quickly and have large litter sizes hence it is important to get them neutered/spayed before they attain sexual maturity as mentioned below:
- Rabbits: between 3 to 6 months
- Guinea Pigs: 2 months in females & 3 months in males
- Hamsters: Because of a shorter life-cycle of 1 to 2 years, they can attain sexual maturity as early as 3 weeks so it is important to get them neutered before 5 months