By Morieka Johnson, Mother Nature Network
Dogs may be man's best friend, but more cats spend their days frolicking away in U.S. households. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that there are 81.7 million cats compared with 72 million dogs in the U.S. Regardless of species, pet owners know that time together isn't all kisses and cuddles. On his weekly radio show, certified cat and dog behavior consultant Steve Dale helps pet owners tackle issues that lead many to consider relinquishing their animals. Most problems can be resolved with a little expert advice, he says. But pet owners typically put off getting help and the issue simply magnifies.
"I get the call or the email saying, 'The cat missed his litter box for two years and they are at the end of their rope,'" he says. "Or the spouse is mad and they are given a deadline of two days, even though it's been going on for two years. Don't wait, don't wait, don't wait."
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