Solutions to Common Pet Problems
Problem: Your Hamster Runs on His Wheel at Night
Why it happens: “Hamsters are nocturnal. They sleep a lot during the day and are active at night,” says Burch.
What to do: You can’t stop his marathon, so keep the hamster in a quiet, dimly lit room at night, away from anyone’s bed, and make sure he’s got the Ferrari of workout wheels. “The noisiest wheels are metal,” says Shain, who advocates a solid plastic running wheel. If you have a metal wheel, rub some olive oil on the spot where the running circle and the bar connect.
Problem: Your Cat Won't Use the Litter Box
Why it happens: Perhaps she’s trying to tell you there’s something about the litter or the box she doesn’t like. Or she could simply want
a separate facility for defecating.
What to do: Experiment. “If the box has a cover, see how she responds to an uncovered one,” says Szabo. “Some cats don’t like to feel too closed in while in elimination mode. And some hate the fragrance or the dust of different litters.” Also try changing the location of the box. If it’s in a cold place or next to an appliance that makes a noise, your cat may feel uncomfortable about defecating there. If all else fails, have two litter boxes―one for each function. And, of course, clean them meticulously with hot water and no soap (fragrance may be a factor).
When it comes to the do’s and don’ts, you’ve got lots of questions. Here, solutions for making the season merry and bright.