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Cats + Behavior

  • Cat Behavior Problems - Nocturnal Activity

    Algunos gatos son más activos por la noche o se despiertan muy temprano por la mañana. Debido a que muchos propietarios están trabajando fuera de casa durante el día, el gato pasa las horas diurnas en reposo y descansando, especialmente si es la única mascota de la casa.

  • Behavior Counseling Aggression - Introduction

    La agresividad se define como una amenaza o acción lesiva dirigida hacia otro individuo. En animales, las conductas agresivas son un medio de comunicación.

  • Cat Behavior Problems – Aggression Redirected

    La agresividad en los gatos puede ser un problema serio y peligroso para los propietarios. Hay muchas razones por las que los gatos pueden ser agresivos: un buen diagnóstico ayuda a emitir un pronóstico y un plan de tratamiento adecuados.

  • Cat Behavior Problems - Aggression in Cats, Fear and Territorial to Other Household Cats

    En general, los problemas de agresividad entre gatos que viven en la misma casa pueden prevenirse o reducirse con una socialización temprana, paciencia a la hora de introducir el gato nuevo y disponiendo bandejas sanitarias, platos y espacio adecuados para cada gato.

  • With mild or minor behavioral problems, clients are often able to correct the problem by means of reward-based training, as is outlined in the other handouts in this series. However, when problems are more serious, it is easy to make the problem worse rather than improving it.

  • There is a wide range of non-pharmaceutical products designed to improve a pet's behavior. There is little oversight for many of these products which means that any given product may not work for your pet. Ask your veterinarian before using any over-the-counter product for your pet. The label “natural” does not guarantee a product is safe to use in dogs and cats.

  • Displacement behaviors are usually normal behaviors that are performed at an inappropriate time, appearing out of context for the occasion. Displacement behaviors arise from situations of either conflict or frustration. Conflict refers to the situation in which an animal is motivated to perform two or more competing behaviors (e.g., approach or withdraw, greeting but fear of being punished).

  • Behavior problems can be due to medical or behavioral causes, or both. A clinical history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing will help determine if there are underlying medical conditions contributing to the problem.

  • Many behaviors are normal but problematic for a particular person or household. Some behaviors are not normal and may be unsafe for the pet or for others. The first step is to ask your veterinarian to examine your pet for signs of physical illness. Then, a behavior consultation can be scheduled to assess the behavior and design an appropriate treatment strategy.

  • It is not unusual for behavior problems to develop in older pets, and often there may be multiple concurrent problems. Some of the changes associated with aging may not seem significant, but even a minor change in behavior might be indicative of underlying medical problems or a decline in cognitive function.