For many people, pets are irreplaceable. Therefore, if your pet is acting unusually, it can be stressful and worrying. The good news is that most acting-out is due to some external factor that can easily be corrected. To better understand why your pet might be acting strange, though, see if any of these situations apply.
Bad Weather Approaching
In some cases, your pet may be acting strangely because of approaching severe weather. Due to the way some pets are wired, your pet may be able to detect this change in the weather even before a meteorologist. Therefore, if your pet seems to have lost their mind, check the radar to see if any storms or other severe weather is on its way.
Food Doesn’t Agree With Them
Just like humans, animals’ behavior can change depending on what they eat. Even if your pet has been using the same food for years, physiological changes over time may make certain foods non-digestible for your pet as they age.
Given the highly processed nature of many pet foods, it may benefit your pet to switch to an organic pet food so that you can more closely monitor their diet.
Whether they ate something they shouldn’t have, or they simply intercepted a germ, your pet can feel ill for countless reasons. In most cases, your pet will start feeling better in just a few days. However, if they stop eating or drinking, or if they continue to act lethargic for more than a few days, it’s important to take them to your veterinarian as soon as you can in case something more serious is going on.
In many ways, pets are just like children. One way that pets are similar to children is that if they don’t receive enough attention, they tend to act-up.
If your pet is acting strangely, take a moment to think through your activities over the last several days. If you realize that you’ve been away from home more than usual, you’ll want to clear your schedule so that you can spend some extra time loving on your pet. If you’ve been busy, this time with your pet will likely benefit both of you.
The last thing you want to do if your pet acts strangely is to punish them for this out-of-character behavior. You know your pet better than anyone. Therefore, you also know that the behavior they’re currently presenting isn’t part of who they are.
This means that if you punish this bad behavior, you might change their behavior without addressing the underlying cause, which could cause serious conditions to go unaddressed.