They usually have a reason for acting out
In addition to stress, other changes and frustrations can cause your pet to misbehave—like if you swapped their bed for a new one or if you started using a harsh cleanser in the house. “People don’t realize they use these terrible chemical cleaners in the house, and the animals smell things we don’t even smell,” says Fitzpatrick. To avoid upsetting or even hurting your pet, she suggests switching to all natural cleaning products.
Other things that can set them off include bringing another pet into the house, not giving them enough exercise, or starting to work longer hours. Any of these changes can prompt your pet to respond—maybe even by wrecking your brand new heels. While they don’t do these things vindictively, it’s often the only way they can communicate that they’re frustrated, says Fitzpatrick.