As pet owners how our pets behave can be as important as pet health. Sometimes pet behavior is dictated by pet health, other times pet behavior can be driven by genetics, early development or environmental factors. A pet’s unwanted behavior is most likely a very natural behavior for your pet. Barking dogs, cats urinating outside the litter box and even biting are normal animal behaviors– it’s the circumstances within which the behavior is displayed or occurs, that determines whether or not the behavior is an annoyance or problem for the owner. Sometimes a behavior can be harmful to the pet, like aggressive feather plucking in birds, the preening is a natural behavior, the aggressive plucking may be a response to lack of foraging – a natural behavior not expressed in captivity.
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FEATHER PLUCKING IN BIRDS