Dear Dr Richard Thomas, my cat keeps marking its territory around the house. What can I do?
Cats tend to mark areas/their territory in response to stressful stimuli, luckily there are a few things you can do to stop this. Try different types of litter and make sure to keep it fresh. Have more trays than cats, placed in a quiet and accessible area. Restrict access to areas they’re marking or use a cleaner containing ‘urease’. Spray relaxing pheromones, or install a diffuser (“Feliway”) near the marking areas, and make sure to keep cats separated if they don’t get along. If this doesn’t work then you should speak to your vet.
Dear Jana, I struggle with my emotions in the days leading up to my period – more than I think is normal. But I don’t want to go on the pill. Is there anything natural that will help with the PMS?
Premenstrual symptoms (PMS) are common for women in the days leading up to their period. Many women report bloating, breast tenderness, irritability, moodiness, cravings and fatigue. If your symptoms are concerning you, regular exercise, 5 servings of vegetables daily and stress reducing techniques are all proven relievers of PMS. For some, traditional herbal medicines are also helpful. Consult with a Naturopath or Herbalist for the best combination for you.
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Dear Yolanda, how can I help my child with autism manage big emotions?
Many, if not all children diagnosed with autism experience emotion regulation difficulties. Fortunately, with the right help, we can teach our children with autism how to better manage these. When they’re upset, remind them that this feeling will pass. Practice taking deep breaths with them and offer calming and comforting tools. Talk to them about what they can do to better manage these emotions through prevention and regulation techniques when they aren’t upset. Then you can them of these techniques during a meltdown, even offering a reward for doing so.
Dear Cassandra, My son plays a lot of video games. How could this affect his hands?
The repetitive nature of finger and thumb movements on keyboards, joysticks and hand held controllers can lead to fatigue, pain and even inflammation of tissues. Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) and cumulative trauma can be the end result if not picked up early. Unfortunately this means the pain continues after the consoles have been put away. In turn this can impact other activities and disrupt sleep. But, on a positive note, it is rare for children to present with RSI. In general, good habits and moderation will certainly ensure your son doesn’t have more serious problems once he hits his teens.
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