CAT AND DOG PUBERTY
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING PET ADOLESCENCE.
During the coronavirus, the demand for puppies, kittens from breeders and pets from animal shelters has increased drastically. Since many people are staying at and working from home, they have more time on their hands, sometimes feeling lonely and searching for companionship. Around the world, we have seen a major pet adoption boom in the past months. As these pets are now growing up so fast, it is important to prepare yourself for the next phase: adolescence.
Adolescence can be a challenging period for your young pet and for you as a pet owner. Suddenly your puppy or kitten has become a teenager who gets more independent and wants to discover the world. This period requires a lot of time and patience. Repeating over and over again what has already been learnt.
However, during adolescence, your pet could also show behavioral changes. This might be the time that they show aggressive behavior towards other animals or people. Your pet might also seem to have forgotten the things you have taught him. Again, training, repeating and patience are keywords.
Moreover, your pet reaches sexual maturity during this period. An important moment to decide whether or not to spay or neuter your pet. Neutering will help to prevent unwanted litters. In addition, it could have positive effects on your pet’s health and behavior. It’s important to make a deliberate choice whether or not to spay or neuter.
If your pet will get spayed or neutered in the upcoming weeks, aftercare is essential for a fast and good recovery. Protect your dog or cat with the Recovery Suit®, the animal-friendly alternative to the collar. The versatile Recovery Suit® protects the surgical area after neutering and prevents your pet from licking, scratching or biting wound or sutures. In the articles below ‘Neutering aftercare’ and ‘Spay versus neuter’, you can read more about how to protect your pet after neutering or spaying.
The Recovery Suit®: Less stress for a faster recovery!