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Animals Today Dec 12, 2020. New rules to limit Emotional Support Animals on planes. Hot news. Solving challenging cat behaviors.

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This show begins with news about the Department of Transportation’s decision to ban emotional support animals from airliners. Also new is that for registered service animals, only dogs will be permitted to fly. Service animals are specifically trained to assist people with disabilities such as visua
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This show begins with news about the Department of Transportation’s decision to ban emotional support animals from airliners. Also new is that for registered service animals, only dogs will be permitted to fly. Service animals are specifically trained to assist people with disabilities such as visual impairment, mobility limitations or a propensity to have seizures. Emotional support animals provide companionship, alleviate anxiety, etc., but do not have special training to assist their owners with specific disabilities.



Many fliers and industry officials have voiced opposition to the growing numbers of emotional service animals of various species that have been permitted to fly, which can impinge upon the rights of other passengers. Biting incidents and untimely elimination requiring clean-ups happen too often. And, false claims of pets as emotional service animals seem to be common.



Lori also raises concerns about a likely consequence of this change, increased numbers of people having their animals fly with cargo, and she gives examples to show how this is very risky to the health and well-being of the animals. Also, in 2018, Delta banned pit bull type dogs from their flights, even if registered service animals, and gives no indication of changing this policy. Lori explains the many problems with breed discrimination.



We continue with Peta’s Ingrid Newkirk publicly criticizing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for apparently purchasing a French Bulldog instead of adopting. We also learn about some politicians who have adopted including President elect Joe Biden (2 adopted rescued German shepherds) Pete Buttigieg, John Hickenlooper and Vice President Pence.



Then, Lori welcomes cat behaviorist, and multi cat expert, Rita Reimers to discuss common and challenging behavior problems with our felines.



One situation most cat families have to navigate is introducing a new cat to the home. Reimers explains that the cat may show aggression due to fear, especially if he or she has been in and out of rescues already. It takes time, sometimes months, for the cats’ fear to subside. When other cats are in the home already, they may become aggressive, as it is their instinct to protect their food and shelter. Once again, be patient, be consistent (such as with food) and show lots of love to permit everyone to gradually adapt.



Another topic Lori and Rita discuss are the myriad problems following “declawing”, which listeners know is not anything like nail clipping but is akin to amputating a person’s fingers at the first joint. Gratefully, this practice is much less common than it used to be but still is never a solution for unwanted scratching or other unwanted cat behaviors. Reimer shares many more insights from her years of working out cat behavior problems. Find her at ritareimers.com and on Pet Life Radio with her show, 19 Cats and Counting.
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Cat behaviourist Reader. Reimers. Rita has been working with cats for 30 years and considers her ability to understand cats and they're funny behaviors. Her calling in life. She helps people understand their cats and find solutions to behavioral issues that might otherwise cause a cat to be surrendered. Welcome to the program, Rita. Thank you for having me. Dr Lori. I really appreciate it. Rita. I read that the most common behavioral problem reported by pet parents of cats is inappropriate elimination and that it's estimated that 10 of cats will eliminate outside their litter box at some point in their lives. What are some reasons cats do not use the litter box? Yeah, that's a great question. And that is the number one reason kath are surrendered two shelters. Um Often it is undiagnosed medical issues as you probably know less than 50% of our pet cat companions make it to the veterinarian's office. And Qatar such masters at hiding their illness that often by the time you spot in an appropriate urination outside the box or something else. Um There's a pretty decent infection going on. But of course some of it can be behavioral as well. Um If you've got a few cats and maybe the litter isn't quite as clean. I have one cat that's really picky and she follows me around as I scoop the litter boxes and she's got to be the first one in. You know, she doesn't like to use it once anyone's done anything in it. Um Also if you've got some bullying going on, sometimes cats bully each other around the litter box just because they can, so the other one is scared to go in there and make themselves vulnerable. It's easier to pee outside of it and run off than to be stuck inside the litter and get antagonized. But the number one thing I would say is if your cut is suddenly peeing outside the box that veterinary visit to rule out urinary track infection or any other type issue is the number one thing to do Now urine marking is different than having cat box issue is what is urine marking? And how does it differ from a little box problem? But it's more common in males. Although some females do marking cats tend to do that out in nature to identify their territory and signal to other cats they are not welcome. This territory is claimed. Now an indoor cat make you it if there's too many cats in the household or um sometimes it's just something changes in the household, somebody gets married and there's a new person in the household I've dealt with that even uh their favorite human maybe is the child who went off to college and is now not there. So insecurity can cause marking and cats to spray up a territory that they want to keep all to themselves. And how do you treat urine marking and cats? One of the things I suggest is getting one of those feel away or similar type of uh, plug in that helps. It's a pheromone release that helps calm the cats. Um, if you've got multi capsules of multi cat version that actually simulates the hormones that mama cat releases, that helps all the kittens get along with each other. So that will help. I also love some herbal remedies. Jackson Galaxy has got some herbal remedies. Rescue remedy for pets is great. You just put it in the water and it just helps that relax. Then you, you might want to investigate the root cause for example, um, if you've moved to a smaller place and there's not as much room, add some vertical space, some tall cap trees and other places for cuts to go adding vertical spaces, giving them new territory. So a lot of time it just takes some time and and knowing what the causes. But again, number one thing I always tell people go to your veterinarian, make sure that there is not a medical reason for their sudden anxiety and uh, you know, all the best behavior advice in the world can't correct a medical issue. So that's always my number one. So what I say is always bearing in mind you've already done that. Exactly. And you don't rub your cat's nose into the urine, Right? No, no, no, no, no, never.
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