How to Acclimate a Cat to a New Home

Do you know how to acclimate a cat to a new home? Adjusting to a new home can be very difficult for a cat, especially when it is a stray who has gotten used to living outdoors. During the initial adjustment period, you will need patience and understanding to help your new cat feel more at home.

Start by thinking about your cat’s previous experiences. If you have a kitten, it may have recently been separated from its mother and litter mates. The cat may have had to deal with the transition of a shelter, or the stress of being spayed or neutered. An adult cat may have been separated from a familiar home and has been forced to break his bond with his human companions or other household pets. In every case, the cat will need to adjust again to totally new surroundings.

How do you acclimate a cat to a new home? It may take several weeks for your cat to adjust to his new living situation. Here’s what you should do during the adjustment period. Keep the cat indoors. The cat needs to get used to you as his new provider of love, food, and shelter. It is not uncommon for cats to display behavior problems during this adjustment period, but these problems should disappear in time. Your cat may hide under the furniture. If he does, just sit and talk quietly to the cat. Make sure that there are food, water, and a litter box nearby.

When you take your cat out of the carrier, immediately show him the location of the litter box. Provide a bowl of water but don’t feed him immediately. Don’t overwhelm the cat with attention. Allow him to acclimate to his new surroundings on his own terms.

It is best to introduce your cat to his new home gradually. Begin by restricting him to one room. During this time, isolate other animals from your new cat and supervise your children when they interact with the cat. Try to spend a few hours with your cat as he settles into his new home. You may want to place a cozy cat bed in a quiet corner of the room.

If you have other animals in the home you will need to introduce them gradually. Remember, the cat is being introduced to a territory already claimed by your resident pet, so you need to take both of their feelings into account. The ability of animals to get along together in the same household depends on their individual personalities. There will be one animal who dominates. It will take a week or two for a successful transition. It may be a little hectic but be patient. Things will most likely work out in time.

Here’s how you can introduce your new cat to other animals in the home according to Dr. Monique Chretien.

Cat-to-Cat Introductions

You should put your new cat in a private room during his first week in his new home. Your resident cat should not be allowed to enter this room or to stay at the door hissing.

  • After a week has passed, allow your resident cat to explore outside the door of the room where the new cat is residing.
  • Only when all signs of aggression (hissing, growling) are absent, open the door a crack. Use a doorstop or hook to secure the door. Wait for the hissing and growling, if any, to disappear.
  • If you have a large carrier or crate, place the new cat in it. Then bring it into your main living area. Try simultaneously feeding both cats treats or delicious food so that they associate each other’s presence with a pleasurable experience.
  • Once the cats are comfortable in this situation, allow them to interact under your supervision. If there are any signs of aggression, you might have to limit their exposure to 5 or 10 minutes, or perhaps go back to the separation phase.
  • Gradually increase the time the cats spend together as long as they are not aggressive to each other.
  • Remember cat play can be pretty rough.

Your cats will be more likely to get along if they are happy in their environment. Make sure there are plenty of hiding places for your cats. Place the food, water and litter boxes out in the open so the cats will not feel trapped when they eat, drink or use the litter box. Make sure that you have one litter box per cat, plus one extra litter box. (So if you have two cats in your home, you should have three litter boxes.)

Cat-to-Dog Introductions

Follow the above guidelines when introducing a cat to a resident dog. At the time of the first introduction, apply a leash to the dog and occupy it with some obedience exercises (sit – stay) with food treats as a reward for calm responding.

  • Don’t ever let the dog rush toward the cat, even if only in play.
  • Provide your cat with a variety of escape routes and high hiding places that are easily accessible at all times. Your cat must be able to get away from the dog whenever necessary.
  • Slowly allow the dog and cat to spend more time together but always supervise them until you are absolutely sure there is no threat of danger to either of them.

Cat-to Bird or Small Mammal Introductions

Cats are natural predators, so keep your small furry friends safe by housing them in an enclosure that cannot be opened by an agile paw. Keep them in a room that is off limits to your feline family member when not supervised. Follow the same protocol with your feathered friends but be careful where you choose to keep them. Birds have some restrictions on where they can be kept for health reasons (not in direct sun or draft).

Should You Try Taking in a Stray Cat?

If you are thinking about taking in a stray cat, there are several things you should keep in mind. First of all, you must determine if the cat is stray or feral. A stray cat is a cat that is lost or separated from its owner, or it has been given up by its owner. A stray cat is socialized to human companionship. A feral cat is a cat that lives outdoors in a colony of feral cats. These cats will hide from humans and avoid human contact. These cats cannot be domesticated. (You should never try to pick up a feral cat.)

Taking in a stray cat is a big decision. It’s not as easy as simply opening your door and your heart to the new cat. Here are a few things to consider.

  • Since the cat has been living outdoors, it most likely has fleas, ticks and other pests that they’ve picked up while roaming in the wild.
  • The cat may be overdue for worming medication and vaccinations.
  • If the stray is a tom cat, you will want to have him neutered before bringing him into your home or allowing him to continue roaming your property.
  • If the cat has been living outdoors for some time, it may be necessary to re-introduce him to life as a pet. You will need to teach him to use the litter box, and not to scratch with his claws.
  • If you are taking in a stray cat, start with a trip to the vet.
  • You will also have to socialize the cat with any other cats, pets or people in the home.

A stray cat is a cat that has been socialized to people at some point in their life, but has left or lost their domestic home – and human contact. While living outdoors, a stray cat is more likely to live alone than in a colony of other cats. In many cases, a stray cat can become a pet cat once again. Stray cats that are re-introduced to a home environment after living outdoors may require a period of time to re-acclimate. They may be frightened and wary after spending time outside away from humans, but they can re-adjust to living with humans and can be adopted as companions.

On the other hand, a feral cat is a cat who has never had any contact with humans – or their contact with humans has diminished over time. A feral cat is most likely to live in a colony of cats. A feral cat is fearful of people and survives on its own outdoors. It is very unlikely that a feral cat will ever become domesticated, and it cannot be adopted. However, kittens born to feral cats can be socialized at an early age and adopted into homes.

If you are thinking about taking in a stray cat, the first step is to trap it. Evaluate the cat’s behavior to determine if it is a stray or if it is a feral cat. A feral cat cannot be touched, even by a caretaker. He will likely move as far back in the cage as possible and will appear tense. When trapped, a feral cat will likely ignore all people, toys, and possibly even food.

If you determine that the cat is feral, you should contact a local organization for Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR). They will spay or neuter the cat, vaccinate it, and return it to its outdoor home. To learn more about this process, go to What Is a Feral Cat?

If the cat is a stray, you should start with a visit to your veterinarian. First, have the cat scanned for a microchip. It could be that he has a family that is looking for him and wants him to come home. If you can’t find the owner, you may choose to adopt the cat. Have the veterinarian give him any necessary treatments or vaccinations before bringing him into your home. If you already have a cat or other pets, the new cat will have to be acclimated to the home. To learn more about this, go to How to Acclimate a Cat to a New Home.

For more information about adopting stray cats, go to How to Turn a Stray Cat into a Pet.

To learn more about stray cats, read the article Surprise Visitors: What to Do With a Stray Cat.

What Is a Feral Cat?

What is a feral cat? A feral cat is a cat that has had little to no contact with humans. They are usually unapproachable by people. These cats have been born into or adapted to outdoor life without human contact, living together in loose families organized as colonies. They hunt wildlife as food, including mice, birds, and lizards. These cats are not socialized enough to be handled by humans, and for that reason, they cannot easily be placed into a traditional pet home – if at all.

If you are wondering what is a feral cat, you should know that these cats cannot become loving companions – and most will never relish human companionship. They tend to stay away from humans. They hide during the day. Feral cats will find it difficult or impossible to adapt to living as pets in close contact with people. If you adopt a feral cat, you will find that it is very difficult to socialize.

Cats roam outside in most neighborhoods in the United States. Many of these cats are community cats that may be feral. According to the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, it is estimated that there are between 60 million and 100 million feral cats living in the United States. The Humane Society estimates the number of outdoor cats at about 30 to 40 million. These cats are most often the offspring of cats who were lost or abandoned by their owners and they are not socialized to humans.

Community cats typically live in a colony that occupies and defends a specific territory where food and shelter are available. They may live near a restaurant dumpster, under a porch or in an abandoned building. But if these cats are feral, you will rarely see them because they hide from humans.

How to Help a Feral Cat

If you can’t adopt a feral cat, what can you do to help? Many experts believe that the best way to help our feral cat populations is through neutering programs that will reduce their numbers.

A female cat can become pregnant as early as 5 months of age. That one cat can have two or three litters of kittens a year. In seven years time, a single female cat and her kittens can produce 420,000 more cats. And as the feral cat population grows, so do the problems that are associated with it. So the feral cat population in a neighborhood can rapidly increase if cats are not spayed and neutered.

That’s why so many people including the ASPCA and the Humane Society believe that the best way to help feral cat colonies is through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) efforts. TNR is a nonlethal strategy for reducing the number of community cats and improving the quality of life for cats, wildlife and people. By catching these feral cats and neutering or spaying them, we can help to reduce the number of unwanted cats. Through TNR efforts, these feral cats will be humanely trapped, examined, vaccinated and surgically sterilized by veterinarians. The tip of one ear is surgically removed as a universally recognized sign that the feral cat has been spayed or neutered. Then the cat is returned to its home environment. These cats will no longer reproduce or fight over mates, and their nuisance behaviors are greatly reduced or eliminated.

Afterward, volunteers may provide food and shelter and monitor the health of these cats. Once neutered, these cats tend to gain weight and have fewer health issues. And with fewer females in heat, fewer tom cats are attracted to the area, meaning fewer risky catfights.

While many people advocate for TNR, others believe it is best to relocate feral cats or to put them down. Relocation is not an effective solution. Feral cat colonies are established in areas where resources like food, water, and shelter are available. If you move a feral colony, it won’t be long before another colony moves into this prime real estate and take its place. Also, a relocated cat may try to find its way home, perhaps suffering an accident or death along the way.

If you’re thinking about adopting a feral cat, think again. Feral adult cats are wild animals that simply cannot be tamed. You should never try to handle or pick up a feral cat. However, feral kittens that are under the age of eight weeks old can often be socialized and introduced into a human home.

So, what can we do to help feral cats?

Contact your local Humane Society to see if they have a TNR program. If they don’t, they may know of a local program they can refer you to. A little cash donation to these programs will go a long way toward helping feral cats. Shelters can perform a spay or neuter surgery for under $20. So a small donation on your part can really help. These programs are usually run by volunteers, so get involved and donate your time. There are many ways that you can help.

Should You Feed Stray or Feral Cats?

Should you feed stray or feral cats? That’s a good question, but the answer is not always black and white. In some areas, there are laws and ordinances about feeding stray or feral cats – if you feed the cat, you own it. Some areas even impose fines or other punishments for feeding stray or feral cats.

Before deciding whether or not to feed the cat, it is important to note that there are differences between stray cats and feral cats. A stray cat is a cat that previously had a home. The cat has either moved out, gotten lost, or has been given up. Stray cats are familiar with humans and can be friendly. A feral cat, however, is one that has never had a home. A feral cat is more likely born and bred from a feral line or colony. Feral cats will not be familiar with people other than something to be wary of and as a potential source of food.

Stray cats may be friendly and approach you for food or attention, or they may be too scared to let you get close. However, if you put the food down for them they will usually eat immediately. You should always use caution since you don’t know how the cat is going to react.

Feral cats may approach you when they are extremely hungry, but they will only eat the food you’ve given them once you’ve walked away. If you’ve been feeding a cat for several days and can still not approach or touch the cat, it is probably feral. Don’t try to handle a feral cat. Most feral cats cannot be adopted because they are simply too frightened of people.

Feeding a stray cat has its pros and cons. If you decide to feed a stray cat, you have plenty of options. They would probably enjoy dry or canned cat food or some tasty tuna fish. Also, give the cat plenty of fresh water.

What to Do with a Stray Cat

If you’ve found a stray cat, you have many options.

  • You may decide to keep the cat, which will require that you take the cat for proper veterinary care.
  • You can Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) the cat. This will ensure that the cat cannot contribute to the ever-expanding stray and feral cat population.
  • You can find a suitable home for the cat. You may have better luck rehoming the cat once you’ve taken it for vaccines, deworming, flea treatment and spay or neutering.
  • You can take the cat to a shelter or Humane Society where it will be placed for adoption.

If you find a stray or feral cat, it is a good idea to contact local shelters in your area. If they cannot or will not respond to your situation, look for groups that handle feral cat populations. If none of these resources are available to you, you may decide that you want to manage your own feral colony.

If you decide to feed a stray or feral cat on your property, it may potentially upset your own cat. By feeding the stray cat you are essentially inviting an intruder into your cat’s territory and giving them good reason to keep coming back. You should consider the impact that feeding a stray will have on your own cat’s happiness before deciding to feed it. If your cat seems not to be bothered by the stray cat, it may not pose such a problem.

To learn more about stray cats, read the article Surprise Visitors: What to Do With a Stray Cat.

Surprise Visitors: What to Do With a Stray Cat

Have you ever wondered what to do with a stray cat? You’ve probably wondered if these cats have a home. You may also wonder whether or not you should feed these stray cats. These cats could have an owner who lets them outside, or they could be stray or feral cats that live in the community. Depending on their situation, you can help these cats in many different ways.

First of all, how do you know that the cat is a stray? If the cat is wearing a collar, it definitely has an owner. The cat may just have wondered too far from home. Also, the cat could have a microchip that would identify its owner. Stray cats are usually very lean and they may have rough fur coats or an appearance that is generally unhealthy. Quite often, a stray cat will be afraid of strangers, so helping them might prove to be a challenge.

If you’re wondering what to do with a stray cat, here are the guidelines set forth by the Humane Society of the United States.

  • If the cat has identification, try to contact the owner.
  • If you can get the cat into a carrier, take them to a veterinarian or animal shelter to be scanned for a microchip.
  • Contact animal shelters, veterinary offices, and rescue groups to let them know about the cat you’ve found. Someone may have filed a lost-cat report that is a match.
  • Ask neighbors and mail carriers if they’re familiar with the cat.
  • Post signs and place free ads in local newspapers.
  • Create a “found pet” profile at The Center for Lost Pets.

It’s helpful if you can provide shelter for the cat while you search for its owner. If you can’t find the owner, you can try to find a good home for the cat, or you may want to adopt it yourself. But if you take the cat home with you, make sure that you have them checked by a veterinarian before you introduce them into your home with other cats.

Feral cats, on the other hand, should not be handled. Most feral cats can’t be adopted because they are simply too frightened of people.

If you happen to find a litter of unattended kittens in your neighborhood and the kittens are not old enough to be weaned, do not touch them or remove them from the nest. Their mother could be hiding from you – and if you handle her babies, she may be less likely to return to them. Wait a while and see if the mother cat returns. If she does not return, the kittens have probably been abandoned. In that case, you will want to begin bottle feeding the kittens and seek veterinary attention.

When you’re wondering what to do with a stray cat, it’s only natural that you would wonder whether or not you should feed the cat. We’ll tell you more about that next.

Should You Feed Stray or Feral Cats?

Should you feed stray or feral cats? That’s a good question, but the answer is not always black and white. In some areas, there are laws and ordinances about feeding stray or feral cats – if you feed the cat, you own it. Some areas even impose fines or other punishments for feeding stray or feral cats.

Before deciding whether or not to feed the cat, it is important to note that there are differences between stray cats and feral cats. A stray cat is a cat that previously had a home. The cat has either moved out, gotten lost, or has been given up. Stray cats are familiar with humans and can be friendly. A feral cat, however, is one that has never had a home. A feral cat is more likely born and bred from a feral line or colony. Feral cats will not be familiar with people other than something to be wary of and as a potential source of food.

Stray cats may be friendly and approach you for food or attention, or they may be too scared to let you get close. However, if you put the food down for them they will usually eat immediately. You should always use caution since you don’t know how the cat is going to react.

Feral cats may approach you when they are extremely hungry, but they will only eat the food you’ve given them once you’ve walked away. If you’ve been feeding a cat for several days and can still not approach or touch the cat, it is probably feral. Don’t try to handle a feral cat. Most feral cats cannot be adopted because they are simply too frightened of people.

The Pet Owner’s Guide to Walking a Dog

Walking a dog can be more difficult than you might think. When walking a dog, you might think you’re going to go on a nice leisurely walk with your dog, but it turns into a tug of war. You may wonder why your dog has to stop and pee on everything or why he has to stop and sniff everything in his path.

Pulling on the leash is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face when walking a dog. Walking nicely on a leash doesn’t come naturally to most curious and excitable dogs who are anxious to get out and explore. But with some training and patience, you can teach your dog to obediently walk on a leash. You’ll need to use treats and some positive reinforcement to get him to follow your lead and your pace. Also, the more lead he has on the leash the more he thinks that it’s okay to explore. So give your dog less slack on the leash when training him to stay close.

To learn more about controlling a dog on a walk, go to How Can I Control My Dog When Walking?

Sometimes it’s hard to keep your dog from pulling, but sometimes when you try to walk your dog he may lay down and refuse to move. If this happens, he could be sick, hurt or tired. If this happens, stop and examine your dog’s paws. If his paws are fine, stop and rest a minute and give your dog some water. Sometimes a dog is just stubborn. If all else fails, try to coax your dog with some treats. You should never force your dog to walk. If this behavior continues to be an issue, see your veterinarian.

While walking a dog, it may frustrate you that your dog has to stop and pee on everything. Why do dogs do this? Well, dogs are territorial and urine is a natural way for a dog to mark his territory. It tells other dogs that he’s been there and has claimed this territory. Dogs that are not spayed or neutered have a greater need to mark their territory.

Walking a dog is important to his health and happiness. Walks can help keep your dog entertained, which will help to eliminate the destructive behavior. Walking a dog can also help to keep your dog fit. On average, by walking your dog you are giving your dog about 30 minutes of exercise a day. That’s important to help keep your dog healthy and fit.

What’s the correct way to walk a dog? Here we will give you a guide to walking a dog the right way, and how to get help walking a dog if you’re not home.

How to Walk a Dog

You should be able to take your dog on a walk without incidence. That’s why good leash skills are so important for the safety of your dog and you. So let’s take a look at how to walk a dog.

To start, you should use a short leash to give you more control. To train your dog, you should start by having some treats with you to reward your dog for good behavior. You should also use a marker for good behavior – try a clicker or tell your dog “yes!”

To learn how to walk a dog it is best to start without a leash. You can do this indoors or in a securely fenced outdoor area. To start the training, walk around the space but ignore your dog. Then, call your dog in an enthusiastic tone and reward him with a treat when he comes to you. As you continue to walk together, periodically reward your dog with a treat. After a few sessions, your dog will learn good things come from walking by your side.

Now it’s time to begin leash training. If your dog is calm, simply clip the leash to his collar and reward him for staying still. If your dog is hyper, you’ll need to train him to be calm before the leash goes on. If your dog goes crazy when you reach for the leash, quickly pull your hand back and just stand there. Don’t speak to your dog. This should help him to settle down. Reward your dog for standing still and focusing on you. Once he is calmly waiting, clip on the leash. If he gets excited again simply stop, pull your hands back and wait until he calms down again.

When you’re first learning how to walk a dog, it is important to keep your training sessions short. Start by establishing correct behavior on the leash. Your dog will no doubt pull on the leash and try to lead you. But at some point, he will stop this behavior and let the leash go slack. At this point, you should mark and reward your dog. If your dog walks nicely without pulling, mark and reward him now and then to reinforce the lesson. If your dog continues to try to pull you forward, simply stop in your tracks. Once the leash goes slack mark and reward your dog and then resume walking. Do this every time your dog begins to pull.

Common Pit Bull Health Problems

In general, the pit bull usually lives for about 11 to 13 years. The breed is generally healthy, especially when they are fed a healthy diet, but they can have certain pit bull health problems.

If you’re thinking of getting a pit bull, you’ll want to consider pit bull health problems. All dogs can develop genetic health problems. It’s the same with people – you have the potential to inherit a particular disease or condition. But just because the dog has the potential to develop these genetic health problems, that doesn’t mean that he necessarily will.

The American Pit Bull Terrier can develop genetic health problems that include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, allergies and demodectic mange. Make sure the breeder can provide documentation from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) or the University of Pennsylvania (PennHip) that both of your puppy’s parents have hips that were rated in good condition. The breeder should also provide an OFA health certification for thyroid.

The American Staffordshire Terrier can develop genetic health problems that include hip dysplasia, hypothyroidism, allergies, demodectic mange, cerebellar ataxia and heart disease. Before you buy an American Staffordshire Terrier, make sure that the breeders can provide documentation from OFA or PennHip that both of your puppy’s parents have hips that were rated in good condition. The breeder should also provide an OFA evaluation by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist, an OFA thyroid evaluation from an approved laboratory and an OptiGen DNA test for cerebellar ataxia.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier can develop genetic health problems that include hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, patellar luxation, juvenile cataracts, and allergies. These dogs can also suffer from a metabolic disorder known as L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Aciduria. Before you buy a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, make sure that the breeders can provide documentation from OFA or PennHip that both of your puppy’s parents have hips that were rated in good condition. The breeder should also provide you with the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF) documentation that shows their breeding dogs have had their eyes tested and are free from inherited juvenile cataracts. As for L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Aciduria, there is a DNA test that tells breeders if a dog is a carrier of this condition. Do not buy a dog from a breeder that cannot provide written documentation that the parents do not have this condition.

Hip dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs. It is a hereditary defect of the joint between the hip and hind legs. Dogs with hip dysplasia may experience pain or discomfort and have an uneven gait. They may display difficulty or reluctance in rising, jumping, running and climbing. Sometimes this condition is treated with surgery and it is managed through proper weight management. To learn more about hip dysplasia, go to Hip Dysplasia in Dogs.

The pit bull is also prone to heart disease. This includes aortic stenosis (narrowing of the left ventricle and the aorta), irregular heart rhythm or a heart murmur. Your veterinarian can diagnose an irregular heartbeat or a heart murmur by listening to your dog’s heart. If the condition is more severe, your pit bull may require further testing including an echocardiogram or a chest x-ray. Treatment for this condition includes diet control and medication. Check out this recipe for homemade dog food for dogs with heart disease.

It’s good to be aware of these pit bull health problems. Many of these conditions are not detectable in a puppy and it can be hard to determine whether the puppy will have these health problems or not. That’s why you must find a reputable breeder and you must ask for independent certification that the dog’s parents have been screened for these pit bull health problems. If a breeder tells you that their dogs don’t need health certifications for any reason, do not buy your puppy from this breeder.

To learn more about pit bulls, go to All About Pit Bull Breeds.

Should You Take in a Pit Bull Rescue?

Should you take in a pit bull rescue? Or is it dangerous to adopt a pit bull that has an unknown history and parentage?

Adopting a pit bull with an unknown history can be a risk, but each dog should be judged on its own merits by his current personality and behavior. While it is true that many pit bull rescues of unknown heritage have been horribly abused, neglected or forced to fight, they still love people more than anything and they can still become loving family pets. Responsible rescues and dog shelters will evaluate dog behavior before putting the dog up for adoption and offer only those pit bulls that display the proper temperament toward humans for adoption.

Some may think that it is better to adopt a pit bull puppy instead of an adult pit bull. But since the adult dogs are already grown up, their personality has already developed and you can see whether your pit bull is dominant or submissive with people and whether he has aggression to other dogs. Dog aggression is a trait that does not develop in some dogs until they are fully mature. So it is possible that the cute little puppy that you adopt who is friendly with all other dogs may not like dogs at all later in life. That includes dogs that they have grown up with and lived with their entire life.

Both environment and genetics play a role in determining a dog’s mature personality. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t adopt that cute pit bull puppy. Just make sure that you are willing to keep your dog if he becomes dog intolerant or dog aggressive as he gets older. But if you want to know how your dog will ultimately act around humans and other animals, there’s something to be said about adopting an adult dog. With an adult dog, what you see in their personality and temperament is what you get. It doesn’t matter what the history was. It’s an easier decision to make because you can see whether the dog is going to be a good match for the family.

Before you take in a pit bull rescue you should understand the federal, state and local laws pertaining to pit bulls. Before you adopt, make sure that pit bull type dogs are not banned in your area. Make sure that your homeowner’s association allows you to own a pit bull. Also, make sure that your homeowner’s or rental insurance policy does not prohibit you from owning a pit bull. And before you adopt, make sure that you are willing to deal with the stigma that many people believe about pit bulls.

How to Know If a Dog Is Right for You

When looking for the right dog for your family, it’s important to make the perfect match. First, consider the dog’s activity level. If you’re a person who loves to be active, then a more active dog will be a great match for you. But if you’re more of a couch potato, you should choose a dog with a mellower personality.

In addition to asking about how active the dog is, find out if the dog is affectionate. Ask questions about the dog’s personality. That way you’ll get a better match.

If you have young children, an adult dog may be a better choice than a puppy. Raising children and a puppy at the same time can be overwhelming. If you have kids, bring them to the shelter to meet the dog and see how the dog reacts around your children. If your children are overly energetic, look for an energetic dog.

If you have other pets, that can be a problem with a pit bull. Known for their animal aggression, many pit bulls have trouble interacting with other dogs. And cats are considered prey by pit bulls. So make sure that the dog gets along with your current pets through careful introductions in a controlled environment.

To learn more about pit bulls, go to All About Pit Bull Breeds.

What You Need to Know About the Pit Bull Temperament

If you’re thinking about getting a pit bull, it is imperative that you understand pit bull temperament.

Pit bulls were created by crossing bulldogs and terriers. Early breeders were trying to combine the mad bravery of the terrier with the strength of the bulldog. Apparently, they succeeded because the pit bull rapidly grew to be one of the most popular breeds involved in dog fighting – a practice that is now outlawed in the U.S.

A strong determination is one of the most fearsome pit bull temperament traits. Combine that unyielding determination with his enormous strength and powerful jaws and you’ll see why a pit bull often is dreaded. Some people believe that a pit bull’s jaws actually lock to prevent it from never letting go, but this is not the case. It is simply his strength and his undying determination that drives the pit bull. He is a superb fighting machine and a serious confrontation can be fatal for the opponent. This is one of the reasons many people believe that pit bulls should be banned. This is a debate that will no doubt continue for many years to come.

While pit bulls are famous for being vicious fighting dogs, and the media has been known to sensationalize stories of pit bull attacks, that characterization is not true. Unfortunately, shelters are overrun with pit bulls and certain cities like Denver and Miami have even banned the breed. While the name “pit bull” can fill us with fear, that fear is often unfounded. The breed is not about aggression toward humans. The pit bull is a friendly and stable breed. A well-bred pit bull who lives in a loving home is a loyal, loving pet.

The pit bull temperament is not vicious. Instead, it is clownish, loving and loyal. A pit bull loves his family and wants to be a part of everything they do. The protective and fearless pit bull has a playful and friendly nature and it has a strong desire to please people.

This active and athletic dog is a good companion for those who love to run or bicycle. The breed also loves to swim and retrieve. The pit bull is an athletic dog that needs a significant amount of daily exercise. The pit bull needs more exercise than the average dog. Without exercise, the pit bull will get bored and destructive.

What Are Common Characteristics of the Pit Bull Temperament?

Separation anxiety is a big part of the pit bull temperament. It is very important that pit bulls get enough exercise throughout the day and that they have enough activities to keep them busy while they are left alone. Otherwise, they will become destructive. Some pit bulls need to be crate trained well into adulthood to keep them and your home safe when they are left alone.

While pit bulls love people, they are not so crazy about other animals. Animal aggression is a very common part of the pit bull temperament. Some pit bulls are so aggressive that it is not safe to keep another pet in the house. Because of their fighting history, even if they are raised alongside cats or other dogs there is no guarantee that they won’t go after them one day. Pit bulls have a very tenacious and determined personality and even the easiest going pit bull won’t back down from a challenge. Even if he doesn’t start the fight, a pit bull will finish it. Along with dog-directed aggression, the pit bull is known for its high prey drive towards cats, rabbits, birds and other such animals.

A pit bull is bred to be an alpha dog. It is crucial that you keep him in his place. There must be absolutely no doubt that you are the “alpha”. Training should begin at an early age.

It’s never a good idea to isolate a pit bull. They need plenty of socialization from an early age so they can be accepting of new people and new situations. If he is not properly socialized, a pit bull may become wary, which can lead to problems.

In general, a pit bull is a happy and easy going animal as long as they come from a reputable breeder and have plenty of love and good parental supervision.

To learn more about pit bulls, go to All About Pit Bull Breeds.

What Are the Different Types of Pit Bulls?

When you say the term “pit bull,” most people believe that it refers to a single breed of dog. But there are actually several types of pit bulls. The three most common types of pit bulls are the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Here are some facts about these three different types of pit bulls.

American Pit Bull Terrier

The American Pit Bull Terrier typically weighs between 30 to 60 pounds and stands 17 to 21 inches high. This dog’s coat is short and smooth. The coat can be a variety of colors including red, brown, black, fawn, brindle and white.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is very muscular. This powerful dog can be a challenge to walk on a leash if not properly trained. The head of the American Pit Bull Terrier is proportionate to the rest of his body.

At one time the American Pit Bull Terrier was an iconic breed. They were used in advertising, and they were American military mascots. But once dog fighters began to exploit the breed, their reputation changed.

The American Pit Bull Terrier has a reputation for being aggressive because of his history as a fighting dog. But with the right people who understand his personality, the pit bull can be a good family companion. A pit bull requires a lot of love. With a loving owner and the right socialization, training, and love, the American Pit Bull Terrier can be a docile and affectionate family pet.

This breed is loyal and obedient but needs a firm owner so he will understand who is in control. The American Pit Bull Terrier is a pushy dog who will walk all over you if you let him. To begin training your puppy early on. If you wait until he is older to begin training you will be dealing with a headstrong dog.

The American Pit Bull Terrier is an active, athletic, intelligent, playful and confident dog who is typically very friendly to people. Because of this, even pit bulls from bad backgrounds can go on to be loving family pets with the right training and socialization.

This athletic dog can be a good partner for bicycling or jogging. The breed also enjoys swimming and retrieving.

Pit Bulls are known for digging, pulling and chewing – destructive behaviors that you will have to deal with as an owner. Give your American Pit Bull Terrier plenty of chew toys and a place where he is allowed to dig in the yard. And keep your prized belongings out of reach to protect them.

There is much misinformation about this breed, and there are also campaigns to outlaw the breed. In many cities, like Denver, pit bulls may be prohibited, and sometimes it is not easy to get a homeowner’s insurance policy if you own a pit bull. So check local ordinances carefully to make sure it is legal to own an American Pit Bull Terrier in your community.

One of the misconceptions about American Pit Bull Terriers is that they are vicious guard dogs. But while they may look intimidating, most of these dogs are friendly. Still, they are strong, determined and smart dogs – and they are not known for backing down.

While the American Pit Bull Terrier is drawn to people, it does not necessarily like other dogs, especially those of the same sex. They also tend to see cats as prey unless they are raised with them from a very young age.

There are many celebrities who own American Pit Bull Terriers including Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Alicia Silverstone, Rachael Ray and Jon Stewart.

American Staffordshire Terrier

The American Staffordshire Terrier is closely related to the American Pit Bull Terrier. The American Staffordshire Terrier is the larger of the two breeds, but they have a similar personality and activity level.

The American Staffordshire Terrier typically weighs between 50 and 60 pounds and stands about 17 to 19 inches high. This dog’s coat is thick but short and can be found in a variety of colors and patterns. The dog’s body is muscular with a square build.

Although he may look intimidating, when it comes to people this breed is more of a lover than a fighter. This breed is very friendly and devoted to its owner. Despite his formidable appearance, the American Staffordshire Terrier is a dog who loves people. With the right owners and the right socialization, training, and love, he can be a docile, trustworthy and affectionate family dog. This dog loves to be the center of attention and will often follow you around from room to room.