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Why does my dog breathe fast when I hold her head under a running stream of water, in the shower, if she has allergies?
I don't know about my dog, but I'm pretty sure I've been known to do that myself. In fact, I just learned that my older sister once did that in the bathtub for my dog (also, she's a nurse and knows a thing or two about allergies). Maybe if your dog has had her own asthma for her entire life and you always take her outside for at least 5 minutes each time you have to take a shower, she may be conditioned to need to breathe fresh r when your shower is over. I've read before about how dogs with asthma, as well as people with asthma, can have an easier time getting their asthma under control if they are exposed to a lot of fresh r when they start taking their medications. Maybe you should start letting her out of the house after you take a shower to help her get more conditioned to being outside.
It's good that she's able to drink water, though, so I'm sure she won't starve.
My dog has no allergies. But when I've let her into the kitchen during one of our regular kitchen cleanings, she'll grab the kitchen towels and start playing in the sink, like she's playing with water. So I try to remember to give her fresh water in the shower.
My cat (whom I've had for years) also gets her paws wet whenever I give her a bath. I've gotten used to this, though. I don't have a problem if my cat is in the tub or on the floor with me, because I think of the fact that she's an indoor cat as an indication that she's safe from outside dangers. We're in my house with the windows shut and the doors closed.
My dog is fine in the bathroom during a shower as long as she has no chance to go on the counters or do other damage. Once in awhile she'll grab a towel and jump into the toilet but I make it a point not to have that stuff in the bathroom. She is always allowed to use the kitchen when I'm not home. That way she is less likely to be near the carpet. But if the carpeting has to be washed, she's just a rug away.
For a cat, you may be better off trying to get her to eat and get her drinking water on a schedule rather than leaving them in her box on a timer. That will ensure that she's not stressed and is getting enough of what she needs.
My cat doesn't drink or eat much when I take her to the bathroom. When we do her shower, I try to do it in the kitchen. My cat can still jump on things in the bathroom, but I take that as a sign that I need to keep her more contned.
Cats do seem to know they're allowed to jump on counters or other surfaces that their owners use. It just so happens that many surfaces are areas where food or water are. And there are still a lot of areas (counters, doorframes, the top of cupboards, countertops, table edges, and other areas) that are areas where a cat may feel like it belongs.
The best advice I ever got was to use the "one-two, one-two" (on tippy toes) approach. That way I know when she's ready to return to her home. I also like to do short little walks in that space to get her used to it. Cats aren't wild animals, they have good memories.
That sd, the other problem is that cats, as they age, do not forget that they can get into trouble when they get overstimulated. Just as we can get a cold just by being around other people, there's a danger that overstimulating a cat can make it sick.
If you think your cat may be acting sickly or you think your cat might be allergic to something, try to get a vet's help.
In fact, even if your cat is feeling fine, there are times when your cat is still suffering from being overstimulated. If you let it get way out of hand, it may get sick.
If you do need to ask your cat to move, you can still do it with great care. If you have to pick up a cat and move it yourself, try to have a helper. That way if something does go wrong, there's a good chance that you can still get the cat safely to a vet. But just as with helping kids and kids' stuff, you can get the job done with great care.
Here are some other things to remember when you need to pick up a cat:
_Always have a leash_. We have a long leash that goes over our shoulder and into our hand. That way we can easily grab it when it gets out of control.
_Do it slowly and gently_. First, of course, stop your cat and talk to it to get its attention. Then, pick it up slowly and gently, not letting go of the leash until you've got it securely by the scruff of the neck. If your cat is very excited about a new person, you may want to stop and give it some time to calm down and settle down before you grab it.
_If you do get a cat excited, don't worry about it_. Some cats are very excited, but most cats are usually not very scared, at least not in the way you might think. That's the good news. The bad news is that this can make it hard to calm down a cat that is already excited. If you have a cat that tends to get excited and gets all over you in an effort to get petted, you may want to consider just keeping it in a safe place.
The last thing we would say about cats:
_Don't ever give up_. Just as with children, even the most difficult and challenging kids will grow into adults who are well-rounded and capable, and that's just the way it is with cats. There are a lot of different behaviors, and most cats will probably grow out of some of them.
As you can see, the cat is one of the hardest animals to trn, but when it comes to being a good pet, there are many benefits. A cat is a great fit for active adults who want to be involved and who need to have a pet that will keep them company. It's also a great fit for people who just like cats. They're very loving and will usually come right up to you, and they usually love other people as well. That's a good thing.
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If you're interested in learning more about the great variety of cat behaviors, check out Cat Behavior Book.
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# Chapter 2
## Characteristics of a Good Dog
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When I say "a good dog," I don't mean the kind of dog that everybody has. I mean the kind of dog that someone with a particular personality type should consider having. A person who is very ld-back or who is very outgoing or has a job that requires lots of stamina may need a different kind of dog than a person who is more introverted, who's a busy parent, or who spends most of their time at work or sitting on the couch watching TV.
When it comes to choosing a breed, you may want to consider the personality trts of the breed, which are usually written down in the breed standard. So when you're shopping for a new dog, you'll know whether or not it would be a good fit. And before we get to