The subject of canine autism has always been polemical. While some scientists are skeptical about it, others believe that it is possible for a dog to suffer from some sort of autism. Autism in human beings shows itself in the difficulty of coping with day to day interactions and general communication with other people. It starts during childhood and might become more serious with age.

Autism in children is fairly easy to diagnose, while it is very difficult to pinpoint autistic behavior in dogs. This is why we compiled a list of 5 symptoms for you, pet parent, to look out for in your furry best friend. Keep on reading to know more!


1.    Display of repetitive behavior

If you have noticed that your dog keeps on repeating certain patterns and behaviors, then there’s a big chance your furry best friend suffers from canine autism. By repetitive behavior, we don’t mean your dog running after his tail or standing in front of the door every morning begging you for a walk. That is pretty usual for dogs. What we mean is that your pooch has a daily routine that he doesn’t sway from, no matter what happens. Of course, having just this symptom doesn’t mean that your dog has autism, it might just mean that he is, you know, a dog.

So, make sure to keep an eye on him, just to see if he exhibits any of the other symptoms on this list.

2.    Display of social nervousness and awkwardness

As we all know, dogs are usually friendly, sociable creatures. They like meeting people and (for some breeds) get along with other animals. One dog breed that tends to be like this is the Pitbull lab mix (also known as Labrabull), so, if you are planning on adopting one, make sure to keep an eye on his behavior. A dog that is not sociable is one of telltale signs of canine autism. If your dog is awkward even with you, then you have to watch his behavior closely.

Of course, if you have just adopted your pooch, it is normal for him to be shy around you in the beginning. After all, he’s just getting used to his new environment, and might feel a bit weird during the first days. But, shyness usually wears off, while social awkwardness due to canine autism doesn’t. If, even after a few weeks, your dog is still warry of hanging out around you, it would be better to take him to a veterinarian, since it might be autism.

3.    Display of lack of enthusiasm

Dogs are usually playful creatures that have a lot of energy to offer. They are friendly and always enthusiastic, wanting nothing more than to take a walk and play catch. If your dog is not displaying enthusiasm, then he might have canine autism. This usually comes under the form of physical lethargy and could be mistaken for laziness or lack of energy.

This is especially true for usually energetic breeds, such as the Boxador, which is knowing for its high energy level. So, if your dog is always fatigued, you might want to take him to a vet, as it might be a sign of autism.

4.    Display of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Behaviors)

Yes, OCD is not something that happens to humans only, it can also affect dogs. If your furry best friend is displaying the type of behavior that could be considered compulsive obsessive, you might want to get him checked out.

Obsessive Compulsive Behavior in dogs shows itself in different ways: your dog might want his toys to stay in a certain place and move them there whenever you misplace them. He might want his food to be placed a certain way, or his dog bed. These are all signs of OCD, and you should take your best friend to a vet, just in case.

5.    Display of emotionless

Finally, the 5th symptom of autism in dogs is a lack of emotions. Sure, you can’t read your dog’s emotions, but you can still see them. Dogs with canine autism are difficult to read, because they always have a poker face, and tend not to show if they’re sad, happy, scared, or anything else.

Guest Post by Sarah Zayn from DiamondPup.com

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If you are a parent, the day will come when your kids will ask if they can have a pet.

Whether it’s a dog, cat, or other furry critter, there’s no doubt your kids will put on a full-court press to convince you to say yes.

While you might initially have some hesitation due to the responsibilities that go along with pet ownership, some additional research may quickly change your mind.

As scientists and other researchers explore pet ownership in regards to kids, they are finding a variety of fascinating reasons as to how kids can benefit from having a pet around the house.

If your kids are eager to add a furry four-legged friend to the family, here are nine reasons why you need to consider getting your kids a pet.

 

  1. Healthy Children

As most parents know, kids are always susceptible to coming down with a sore throat, stuffy nose, or other ailment.

But for kids who have had a dog in their house since they were very young, there’s a good chance their immune systems will be much stronger than the average child.

Based on numerous research studies, kids in these situations had 31 percent fewer respiratory infections, as well as 44 percent fewer ear infections.

  1. Increased Self-Esteem

When kids own pets, they tend to grow up to have higher levels of confidence and self-esteem. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, when kids have pets who give them unconditional love, they feel more secure about themselves, leading to increased self-esteem.

  1. Strong Friendships

Since dogs are a man’s best friend, it’s only natural that research shows they play a role in helping kids develop strong and lasting friendships.

Because kids are always outside playing with and walking their dogs, they encounter other kids doing the same thing. And since pets are a natural conversation starter, before your kids realize it, they’ve made some new friends.

  1. Responsibility and Organization

By owning pets and having to feed, groom, clean up after, and play with them each day, kids quickly learn the importance of responsibility.

They also realize they need to be very organized each day, both with their pets and with other aspects of their lives such as schoolwork.

  1. Curious Kids are Smart Kids

When your child has a pet, they become very eager to learn all they can about their new furry friend. They’ll start spending time researching their pet by reading books, searching online, viewing YouTube videos, and more.

As a result, a University of Bristol study concluded cat owners grow up to possess more college degrees than non-cat owners. So if you’ve got a curious kid, you’ll likely also have a smart kid.

  1. Great Readers

If your child is lagging behind in their reading skills, getting them a pet can change that in a hurry.

According to researchers, when kids have a dog or cat who sits patiently, listens to their every word, and passes no criticism if they make a mistake now and then, the child relaxes and begins to enjoy reading. By doing so, they start reading more and more, improving their literacy skills.

  1. The Importance of Empathy

When caring for a pet, children can easily see how their words or actions can affect their pet’s feelings. By paying attention to this, kids begin to learn the importance of empathy.

By treating their pets with kindness and respect early on, kids learn how to do the same with family, friends, and even strangers.

  1. Physically-fit Kids

Whether they are chasing their dog around the backyard or running through the house with their kitty, kids who own pets have been found to be much more physically-fit and active. From jumping and climbing to running nonstop, chances are your kids and their pets will spend hours together doing all this and more.

  1. Creating Future Entrepreneurs

Finally, the dog or cat who joins your household may in fact help your child become the next great entrepreneur.

While caring for their pets, kids start to see the possibilities that exist to make extra money. As a result, they may start a dog-walking business, pet sit for friends and neighbors, or even try their hand at building dog houses or shelters for feral cats.

Once this happens, it’s only a matter of time before they test the waters with other business ideas, and thus an entrepreneur is born.

Hopefully these reasons help to allay your fears of bringing a pet into your home. A pet will bring joy and happiness to your child, but will do so much more to enhance his or her life both now and into the future. To see the original article and infographic, visit Catological.

By Emily Parker, Catological.com

Why do cats get depressed? Can cats die from depression? Cat-lovers are commonly interested in these questions and often ask them if they see something strange or unclear happens to their pets. So cats can actually be sad and they also get depressed just like people. Cats have more in common with humans than you even sometimes realize!

Of course, no one wants to make the cat unhappy, but sometimes pet owners don’t know or don’t notice that their cats suffer from depression. Cat depression can be really difficult to diagnose and it may be triggered by a number of reasons. For example, changes in food, moving to a new flat as well as the loss of the beloved companion may cause a depressed mood of the pet. But it’s really important to be able to spot the signs your cat is depressed and intervene appropriately to help your furry friend.

  1. Cats Can Lose Their Appetite or Eat Too Much

Cats are the creatures that seldom change their habits and that should be necessarily taken into consideration if they change their daily routines because such behavior may lead to serious problems. Well, if cats have stopped eating suddenly, or conversely, they have started overeating, this is the best indicator that they`re unhappy about something or feel stressed. Thus, melancholy cats usually eat less or more and lose or gain weight as a result. So as a cat owner, you have to monitor your cat’s eating habits and weight to prevent depression.

  1. Cats Can Vocalize More Often or Less Often than Usual

Sometimes depressed cats become a lot louder than usual, especially at night, you may hear excessive vocalization of your cat when the whole house is trying to get some sleep. Or it may happen that your normally loud cat is quiet and it means that it`s time to call your vet! Remember, changes in your pet’s vocal behavior are commonly the surest sign that something is wrong!

  1. Cats Can Tend to Hide All The Time

One of the main signs of cat depression is avoidance of company, namely, human company. Of course, this sudden change in behavior can be caused by different reasons, but you shouldn’t ignore it because everyone knows that cats are social animals and the desire to have a hiding spot or stay away from you all the time cannot be considered as the normal cat’s behavior. If your four-legged friend is depressed, you can notice that more often your cat hide in a hard to find place where no one can see her suffering!

  1. Cats Can Change Their Sleeping Habits

Cats usually sleep a lot, they are known as big sleepers, but sad or depressed cats can sleep even more! The activity level of depressed cats may decrease, they may lose interest in play and seem withdrawn. All these conditions are real symptoms of depression! So if you realize that your little friend seems to be sleeping much more than she commonly does, this might be a real sign of cat depression. Moreover, if your pet has changed the location of her favorite nap spot, such behavior can also indicate sadness and unhappiness.

  1. Cats Can Stop Grooming or Start Over-Grooming

Grooming is an important part of the cat`s daily routine! Cats adore to groom themselves! And if cats deviate from their usual habits and stop grooming themselves, leaving very unkempt looking coats, ignoring their litter box or they can begin to over-groom themselves like licking completely bald areas on their body, you have to visit the veterinarian immediately!

  1. Cats can be more aggressive

One more sign of unhappy cats is their aggressive behavior. Unhappy cats can be more reactive and act out with aggression more often, even if they are in their comfort zone. So when your cat is abnormally aggressive, it`s time to call the vet because such an atypical behavior indicates most commonly cat depression.

 

Conclusion

Even if the vet diagnoses depression, don`t panic! Please, understand that nothing has happened yet and cat depression can be cured with the proper treatment! The treatment of cat depression is not so difficult as it may seem at first glance. Your vet can prescribe some antidepressant medications to your pet, but in addition, just try to spend more time with your furry friend, provide new toys and play with your cat at least 30 minutes a day (in no case, less than 30 minutes!). During cold and dark month make sure that your cat has some extra light, try to pull back the shades and open the blinds during the day.

And above all, the thing that cats who are grieving need the most is to be loved by their owners. Moreover, they need extra compassion and care from their humans, and if they feel that they`re loved and not alone with their problem, with time they can recover from the signs of depression and be happy and playful four-legged friend!

Remember, you have to show your cat to the vet at least once yearly even if your cat seems to be pretty healthy. And if you notice that your cat’s behavior is showing signs of depression or stress, call your vet right now, try to figure out the reason of this problem and be more attentive to your furry friend in future!

Guest Post: Linda Mathews is an editor of https://catspurfection.com/ Animals have always been a passion of hers. She enjoys animal science, animal husbandry, training, and market animal research.
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Just like humans, dogs can get bored if they are not stimulated enough. When a dog gets bored, however, it can lead to all sorts of destructive behaviors. The best way to avoid this is by keeping your dog active and entertained. For dogs who are easily bored, Babble Balls are a great option. Use this guide to learn more about Babble Balls, how they combat boredom, and other ways to entertain your pup.

 

What Is a Babble Ball?

A Babble Ball is an interactive ball that makes a noise or talks every time your pet touches it. The ball is so sensitive that all your pet needs to do is walk by it for it to make a noise and draw in your pet’s attention. When playtime is over, the Babble Ball automatically turns off until it is touched again. Your pet will think it is alive, enhancing their play time and keeping them entertained for hours. The ball is extremely durable and is available in multiple sizes to suit different dogs’ needs.

How Can It Fight Boredom?

Finding the right toy to keep your dog entertained for hours can be difficult. Luckily, the Babble Ball is a great option for many pups. Most dogs enjoy playing with balls and they love toys that squeak or make noises. This toy combines both of those things in the same package. It will promote physical activity, tiring your dog out before they can become bored. This toy is even suitable for blind dogs or those who have bad eyesight. These dogs get bored just like any other, but they often don’t play by themselves. With a talking toy, however, they can keep playing even when you’re not home.

Other Ways to Fight Boredom

Here are a few other ways you can stave off boredom: