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Short Attention Span

Short Attention Span

The attention span, how long a cat or dog can concentrate on a task, is short. begin to wear out, scar tissue will form. Just as with human infants and toddlers, it is perfectly normal for puppies and kittens to have a short attention span. However, when adult dogs and cats have a short attention span, it can be a symptom of a behavior or medical-related problem. Perhaps the most common reasons that pets may have short attention spans include genetic disposition and lack of proper training. However, brain tumors and other brain abnormalities can cause a short attention span in dogs and cats as well.

How to Recognize

If your pet cannot focus on a single task for a period of time, he/she may have a short attention span.

Causes of Short Attention Span

The most common causes of short attention spans are genetic disposition and a lack of training. However, brain tumors and other brain abnormalities may also be the cause.


While short attention spans are normal in puppies and kittens, they can be the sign of a behavioral or medical issue in adult pets. Your veterinarian will test for neurological issues.

Treatment for Short Attention Span

Bring your pet to the veterinarian. If your pet is suffering from a neurological issue, your pet may need surgery or medication. If your pet's short attention span is solely a behavioral issue, consider getting a behavioral consultation and spending more time training your pet.

Pet Insurance

When adding a dog or cat to your family you want to make sure your pet is happy, healthy and protected. During its lifetime your pet is exposed to many illnesses and diseases and some breeds are affected by a congenital disease which is a condition existing at birth. At these moments when your pet is ill or maybe needs surgery, you want to be protected for the unexpected and high veterinarian costs.

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