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Sometimes your pet's behavior may leave you scratching your head. Behavior questions are among the most common questions that veterinarians receive.

Cat Behavior: House-Soiling

There are three primary reasons why a cat urinates or defecates outside the litter box. Once the reason for the cat's inappropriate elimination is identified, your veterinarian can work with you to design a treatment plan.

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Cat Behavior: Overgrooming

If your cat is excessively grooming herself in one area or has licked the hair off of a part of her body, a veterinary exam is needed to determine if there are any medical causes.

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Cat Behavior: Scratching

Scratching is a normal feline behavior. It serves a variety of purposes including scent marking, social interaction, visual marking, muscle stretching and claw grooming. Cats should be given and taught appropriate places to engage in scratching behavior.

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Dog Behavior: Barking

Before you can find a solution to a barking problem, you must identify its cause. If your dog is repeatedly rewarded for barking by attention or action on your part, he will learn to use barking to get what he wants.

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Dog Bites Can Be Prevented

More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and more than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites—most of them children. Learn more about how to prevent dog bites.

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Introducing Your Pet to a Baby

If you are expecting a baby, it is important to prepare all the members of your household, including your pet, for the baby’s arrival. Understanding your pet’s behavior and addressing training and behavior issues prior to the baby's arrival will help make the transition less stressful—and safer—for everyone.

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Socialize Your Dog

Socialization is the process by which a dog learns how to behave appropriately with others in its environment. Puppies must learn how to interact with adults, children, dogs, and other pets in a variety of social situations, from the dog park to the front yard.

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