Behavior

February 2010 Issue

Does Your Cat Need Help?

Some behavioral issues will require the attention of an expert. Hereís how to find a qualified person.

Inappropriate urination or defecation. Aggression. Inappropriate scratching or destructive behavior. Eating or chewing non-food materials. Cat carrier avoidance. Separation anxiety. Other fears and phobias. When your cat develops a behavior problem, you may need professional advice. But whom should you call? Your veterinarian should be first on the list. But for particularly difficult problems, he or she may enlist the help of a certified applied animal behaviorist or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist. While either one can help you solve your catís adjustment difficulty, there are some differences in the services each provides.

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