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Pet phobias: how to help your cat or dog overcome their fears

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Phobias are extremely common in humans – but our pets can also suffer from seemingly irrational fears.

Many of the things that scare both humans and animals are a result of responses built up over millions of years of evolution. For example, we are scared of loud noises and heights because they can cause us harm, meaning our deeply ingrained ‘fight or flight’ instincts kick in.

However, it is possible to overcome or at least manage many fears – whether rational or irrational. Petplan takes a look at some common phobias in cats and dogs, and offers some advice on how to help your pet tackle their issues…

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Put an end to your cat’s night-time misbehaviour

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Q: For ten years now my tabby has been waking me up in the night by licking my ear, purring or walking on my head. He won’t stop until he gets food. He gets in even if I lock my …

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How to stop your cat from spitting


Q: We have had our cat Bigsy for eight years, but recently took in a stray kitten that spits at Bigsy all the time. What can I do about it? A: Unless open hostilities begin, I would advise allowing the two …

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