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What to do about pet toileting problems

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You never know when your pet might become a toilet rebel. But what’s behind it, and what can you do? Deirdre Vine investigates.

‘Inappropriate elimination’ – two sinister words that strike fear into every pet owner – can happen out of the blue, even with the most domesticated, well-trained animals. It’s certainly not uncommon, but it’s vital at the onset to rule out any underlying medical reason for the toileting dysfunction.

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What do you wish you’d known before you got a pet? Part 2

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Earlier this year, we devoted a blog post to the things you wish you’d known before you got your pet. We had a fantastic response, so we decided to ask 10 of our favourite mummy and pet travel bloggers, too. Their responses express the joys and challenges of juggling a family and pet.

‘I wish I’d known about the early morning rubbish clearances. Even though we feed our pet a healthy diet, she still cannot refuse the allure of bins.

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Toilet train your rabbit today

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Q: Can I train my granddaughters’ rabbit? She won’t use the plastic tray that we bought. We don’t want her to be uncomfortable in a wet hutch.

A: Rabbits are generally very clean pets and will naturally choose one spot in their hutch to go to the toilet. Watch your rabbit over a number of days and you’ll see which spot she’s chosen, then place the litter

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How to teach your dog to seek by scent

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Ever wondered how police sniffer dogs learn their trade? The basics of seeking by smell serve as a stimulating game for your pet   Step 1 Buy a hollow KONG toy or similar and lock away all your dog’s other …

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Does your cat need more litter trays?

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Q: I have three cats and they have one litter tray between them, but my vet has said that I should have more trays. Why is this? A: When cats defecate outdoors, they normally urinate and excrete in separate locations. …

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Is your cat urinating on the carpet? Here’s how to stop them

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Q: My cat has started urinating on my carpets. I use Feliway (a synthetic feline facial pheromone) to discourage scratching, but it doesn’t stop her urinating. What can I do? A: You say that your cat is urinating, but you …

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Why has my house rabbit started to wee outside his litter tray?

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Q: My three-year-old dwarf lop house rabbit was perfectly house trained and used his litter trays with no any ‘accidents’ until he went into a rabbit boarding hotel for a weekend 18 months ago. After that, he continued to use his tray but occasionally urinated just outside it, too. Recently, he has

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How to stop your puppy weeing indoors

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Q: I’ve had my seven-month-old German Shepherd pup since he was 11 weeks old. He was easy to toilet train at first but for the past six weeks, he’s been weeing by the back door at night, even though his last wee is at midnight. I don’t chastise him but it’s frustrating. The vet says he is in excellent health.

A: You are absolutely right in not telling your pup off for urinating in the night. Although puppies often learn quite quickly

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Toilet train your rabbit today

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Q: Can I train my granddaughters’ rabbit? She won’t use the plastic tray that we bought. We don’t want her to be uncomfortable in a wet hutch.  A:  Rabbits are generally very clean pets and will naturally choose one spot …

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