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(Episode #94) Preventing Yellow Dog Urine Spots on The Lawn & The Real Reasons Cats Scratch Your Furniture.

Published: 06/01/2021
Dog Peeing in the Park

Full Show Notes for the Episode.

Introduction Timestamps: 00:00 – 01:13

Segment 1: 01:15 – 05:35

Are you frustrated by the yellow and brown spots on your lawn that occur when your dog pees in the grass?  Wondering why it happens and what can you do about it?

yellow/brown dead spots in grass.

The reason those spots appear is that dog urine is rich in nitrogen and it’s the high concentrations of this plus associated salts in the urine that kills or essentially “burns” the grass the urine soaks into.

You may have heard that to stop your dog from killing the grass when they pee, that you can feed your dog a dietary supplement and this will change the urine.  This however, can cause health problems for your canine, so the safter solution has to do with lawn care. I’ll explain a number of things you can do to try to eliminate all those dead spots and a few tips regarding your dog as well. round sign in grass reading

Segment 2: 05:38 – 33:06

From a previous interview on my past Wild About Pets Radio Show, comes this conversation with Dr. Debra Horwitz, a veterinary behaviorist, and co-editor of the book, Decoding Your Cat, about why they do some of the things they do. You’ll hear the unique perspectives about cats that will explain why they need to scratch things, what those sudden bites could be about and how to better meet their needs so they don’t have to wake you up every morning at dawn. You don’t have to have your cat arrested.

Cat mug shot - arrested for scratching the furniture.

Listen to the episode to discover the two things that the owners of this house are doing right in the photo below, to prevent their cat from scratching on the furniture.Cat tree in middle of living room.

Segment 3: 33:08 – 35:51

Finally, for this week’s creature feature, I’ll tell you a story about a cat that just may make you believe that they do have 9 lives.

Additional Resources for the Show.

Dr. Debra Horwitz and her dog Oscar.

Dr. Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB, and her dog Oscar.

Books edited by Dr. Debra Horwitz:

Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F. Horwitz DVM, et al.

Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones  by American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, Debra F. Horwitz DVM, et al.









How to find a Veterinary Behaviorist near you: American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.

Source for the story about the cat who lived – Exploding Pigs and Other Bizarre Animal Stories by Ian Simmons.