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Four Common Causes of Feline Sneezing
by D Swain

In most cases, feline sneezing is a result of your cat's respiratory system functioning properly. However, your cat may possibly be sick if he starts to sneeze a lot. There are various things that can cause an episode of feline sneezing. Let's take a look at some of the most common causes.

An upper respiratory infection is one of the most common causes of feline sneezing. Infections that cause sneezing episodes are usually caused by the Adenovirus or the Parainfluenza virus. These viruses are highly contagious and can easily infect your cat after he comes into contact with other animals. The infections produce other symptoms besides sneezing such as swollen glands, coughing, and mucus discharge.


Another common cause of feline sneezing is the rhinotracheitis virus. This virus is responsible for causing herpes-1 in cats. Feline sneezing can be a difficult condition to treat if it is caused by this virus. Kittens infected with this virus can suffer permanent damage to the linings in their nose.


Feline sneezing can also be caused by allergies. Your cat can be allergic to household cleaning chemicals, smoke, or even perfume or cologne that you wear. Similar to people, some cats also have episodes of feline sneezing at certain times of the year. This is likely due to the fact that the cat is allergic to something in the air.


One of the final causes of feline sneezing is a change in your cat's airways. Fungal infections can occur in your cat's nasal passages and cause problems. Also, tumors or nasal polyps can form and cause feline sneezing. This usually affects only one nostril and commonly occurs in older cats.

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Dealing with Dog Aggression - Types of Canine Aggression
by David Marshall

Owners facing the problem of handling an aggressive pet first need to understand the causes of this type of behavior. An animal behavior specialist and veterinarian should always to consider for help to remedy and treat an aggressive dog.
Aggression is viewed completely differently by humans and dogs.. From a dog's perspective, thereĆ¢€™s always a reason for aggressive behavior it's simply a necessary reaction to a situation. Because humans and dogs have different communication systems, misunderstandings can occur between the two species. A person may intend to be friendly, but a dog may perceive that person's behavior as threatening or intimidating.

Types of Aggressive Dog Behaviors

Fear-Motivated Aggression: Fear-motivated aggression is a defensive reaction and occurs when a dog believes he is in danger of being harmed.For example, if you back your dog into a corner while loudly telling him off about something, he'll feel boxed in and threatened, and may conclude that to prevent you from doing harm he must react with aggression.

Redirected Aggression: A dog is aroused into an aggressive response by a person or animal or unrelated source that he is prevented from attacking, he may redirect this aggression onto someone else.

Dominance aggression: Occurs when your dog thinks he is the leader of the household. This generally occurs when owners don't understand how dogs communicate. A dominantly aggressive dog may growl if he is disturbed when resting or sleeping, or if he is asked to give up a favorite spot, such as the couch or the bed. Physical restraint, even when done in a friendly manner, like hugging, may also cause your dog to respond aggressively. Reaching for your dog's collar or reaching out over his head to pet him, could also be interpreted by him as a challenge for dominance. Dominantly aggressive dogs are often described as "Mr.Jekyll and Mr.Hydes" because they can be very friendly when not challenged.At The end result is generally your dog concluding that he is, in fact, the pack leader, since you're demonstrably not; and if you do anything to threaten this position, he'll defend it appropriately.

Territorial aggression: Protective, territorial and possessive aggression are all very similar, and involve the defense of valuable resources. Territorial aggression is usually associated with defense of property such as food, toys or other valued objects. for example, food-guarding (your dog may react aggressively if you approach while he's eating), toy-guarding, or furniture-guarding (for example, he may snarl at you if you attempt to dislodge him from a comfy position on the couch). These are all signals that your dog considers himself to be ranked higher than you in the household hierarchy.

Dogs differ in their likelihood to show aggressive behavior in any particular situation. Some dogs tend to respond aggressively with very little stimulation. Others may be subjected to all kinds of threatening stimuli and events, and never attempt to bite. Dealing with aggression isn't particularly difficult understand. It's important that you do your homework on dog psychology and communication, and even get professional help - you can speak to your vet about a referral to a canine behavioral specialist, before to attemp to correct behavior like aggression.

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