When Your Pet Does Weird Things

Does your dog chase his tail, scoot his hindquarters across the floor, or race through the house barking? There are good reasons for his behavior.

If your pet acts in a bizarre way and you can’t figure out why, there is a reason.

If he is circling around chasing his tail, it’s funny to watch but , why is he doing that?

It means he is bored and wants something fun to do. Daily walks and games of fetch will cure his silliness. If you see your pet biting his tail or feet, take him to the vet. It could be a sign of allergies or obsessive-compulsive disorder. Don’t lavish him with affection. It will only reinforce his behavior.

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If your dog drags his butt across the floor; It’s caused by worms or encrusted irritation of feces encrusted hair. Another cause is infected or impacted anal glands. Dogs have two large sacs inside their rectum that carry their scent . They usually empty when they go to the bathroom but may become over loaded with material. When they begin to itch, the dog seeks relief by scooting on the floor. A cat sometimes does this too. Take them to a vet or groomer. They need to have their glands expressed.

Races through the house; Again he is probably just bored. He isn’t getting enough exercise and play time. Get him outside and let him run off his energy. Play catch with a Frisbee, and generaly run himself ragged. Cats can get crazy too. In their natural world they would be hunting prey. So if possible let them out to explore and play hide and seek.

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Kitty chatter; Your cat stares out the window and chirps. She is feeling frustrated and predatory. Let her outside if possible or play cat and mouse with her,by letting her pounce at a toy mouse, or a ball of string. All animals even the most lazy need stimulation and exercise.

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User Comments
  1. gianne

    On March 3, 2009 at 7:28 am

    I didn’t know ANY of this….not ANY. It’s funny to have had pets and see how very little I actually know about them. This was interesting for me and well written. (just like everything else you write!)

  2. Sakuragi

    On March 3, 2009 at 7:33 am

    This is a really helpful article for pet owners!

  3. K Kristie

    On March 3, 2009 at 7:43 am

    A must read for every cat or dog owners. Thanks for the share.

  4. Unofre Pili

    On March 3, 2009 at 7:46 am

    That’s fine information maam. I love animals.

  5. Christine Ramsay

    On March 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Very useful information for anyone who has a pet. Good work, Ruby.


  6. Joshua Miguel

    On March 3, 2009 at 9:33 am

    i agree with the above comments, very useful for pet owners like me. tnx for the post.

  7. Darla Smith

    On March 3, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Great article with very good advice. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Moses Ingram

    On March 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    This is a great article, I play with one of my cats everyday. I know she has to work off some energy. The other is older and would rather sleep most of the time.

  9. Sandra Tapia

    On March 3, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    This helps me a great deal. We have three dogs. Thanks very informative.

  10. Kate Smedley

    On March 3, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Excellent and relevant article as always

  11. Shirley Shuler

    On March 3, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Excellent article Ruby, thanks for the tips, I love animals!

  12. Jo Oliver

    On March 3, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Fun read! I just hate that I now know my dog is rubbing encrusted feces on the floor when he scooots across it :(
    Thanks for another great read.

  13. Joni Keith

    On March 3, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    You are so right, Ruby. Just like babies cry to tell us something is wrong, our pets behavior can be indicative of a problem they are having. Great article, as always.

  14. The Daily Digital

    On March 3, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Great article. I will keep these in mind when I get my first pet.

  15. Leroy Altman

    On March 3, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Good article, I love my dogs and cat

  16. Joe Dorish

    On March 3, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Good info for my cat!

  17. S Air

    On March 3, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    I don’t have a dog or a cat but still an interesting article.

  18. Betty Carew

    On March 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Great information Ruby for anyone with animals.

  19. Daisy Peasblossom

    On March 3, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Good info! I think it is fun to watch my kitties chirp at the birds outside. They would love to try catching a few, but it isn’t safe in the big world for little cats, so they will have to make do with pop bottle caps and catnip mice.

  20. Ruby Hawk

    On March 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you everyone. You know how much I appreciate all of you. We love our pets, no doubt about it. And we want them to be happy and comfortable. (That’s why Vets and Groomers make a fortune.)Am I right?

  21. Lauren Axelrod

    On March 3, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    My Manx chirps all the time, but usually it’s when she wants me to let the dog in, their buddies.

  22. xoxo

    On March 3, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    We don’t have a cat or dog but this is good info to pass to. Thanks Ruby :)

  23. Morgana

    On March 3, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I don’t have a pet, but you have good information .

  24. Eunice Tan

    On March 3, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    You bring out interesting facts about pets. Good job, Ruby.

  25. Vikram Chhabra

    On March 3, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I used to have a dog as a child and saw many of these things.. Thanks for posting!

  26. Brenda Nelson

    On March 3, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    Very good for you to point out that some odd behaviors (like dogs dragging their bums on the floor) can have medical causes.

  27. Mark Gordon Brown

    On March 3, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    My cats are crazy, they need more warm weather so they can get out and run off their energy – lucky for them we have 10 acres.

  28. rutherfranc

    On March 3, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    you must really love your pets for them to have a master as observant as you..

  29. complexbanana

    On March 4, 2009 at 12:57 am

    Nice article, I have a dog and this information was really helpful

  30. Anne McNew

    On March 4, 2009 at 1:04 am

    this is something new to me. great post. very informative

  31. Yovita Siswati

    On March 4, 2009 at 2:18 am

    Thanks, you really understand the animal mind. This is very helpful.

  32. CutestPrincess

    On March 4, 2009 at 3:21 am

    very informative article, very useful too… thanks for sharing…

  33. PR Mace

    On March 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Good information, Ruby. Well done article for us animals lovers.

  34. Lex92

    On March 4, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    great info!

  35. lindalulu

    On March 4, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    My Kitten does all sorts of strange things…great article.

  36. tutor1235

    On March 5, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Well done, Ruby! (and apparently popular too!)

  37. Nick Kenney

    On March 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Very good advice Ruby, thanks for posting.

  38. Denise Kawaii

    On March 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Great pet tips! Our dog goes through a variety of odd behaviors to let us know that it’s time for him to go for a walk!

  39. R J Evans

    On March 8, 2009 at 5:53 am

    Some useful tips and advice to take if your cat or dog is acting weird!


    On March 12, 2009 at 2:07 am

    If it chases it’s tail then it may also be that his tail itches but is just out of it’s reach. One of my dogs finally sat down after going around in circles for a while and grabbed it’s tail and itched it.

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