Cheshire Crossing Animal Hospital can help with housebreaking dogs and cats in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding area. Whether you get a new puppy, kitten, or adopt an older pet, housebreaking takes time and effort in the beginning but the rewards are longstanding.
Housebreaking a Puppy
Most puppies learn from their mothers to eliminate outside, so it should not be too difficult for new puppy owners to continue this routine. Plus, a puppy usually has to potty within 30 minutes of eating so new owners that keep a regular feeding schedule can train their puppy to potty at the same times each day. To make it easier on your new pup, take him or her to the same area outside as their scent acts like a trigger.
Housebreaking a Kitten
Housebreaking a kitten is much different from a puppy as they naturally want to use a litter box. To make it more comfortable for your pet, put the litter box in a small room at least four feet away from the area where your pet will eat and sleep. And get your new kitten acquainted with the room and the litter box as soon as you bring him or her home. If potty issues begin, schedule a physical exam to rule out any potential health issues.
Adult Pet Potty Training – It’s Never too Late
Many pets are relinquished to an animal shelter due to housebreaking problems. If you decide to provide an older animal with a new home, don’t worry! It’s never too late to potty train an older pet as long as you are consistent, patient, and provide positive reinforcement.
Some Potty Problems are Actually Medical Issues
If your pet is having “accidents” in your house it could be a sign of a medical issue. Whether they don’t want to go down the stairs because their joints hurt due to arthritis or they have a urinary tract infection (UTI), if potty problems arise, schedule a physical exam to rule out any potential health issues.
Cheshire Crossing Animal Hospital can help with housebreaking dogs and cats in Columbus, Ohio, and the surrounding area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.