Feather Picking: Popular Remedies May Not Work

There are certain popular remedies for feather picking. Foul-tasting sprays applied to the feathers (Bitter Apple, Listerine, etc), grinding/notching of the lower beak to make destruction of the feathers more difficult, and use of tranquilizers have all been recommended over the years to treat the chronic feather picker. Unfortunately, none of these is truly effective. They merely treat the symptom …

Why pets dig - Lytle Vet

Digging

Functions of Digging Digging with the front paws is normal behavior in both cats and dogs. It is seen during play in kittens and in puppies who are exploring the texture of surfaces in their environment. Cats and some dogs exhibit digging just before and after elimination of urine or stool. Cats vary in the amount of digging before and …