Cat Behavior Counseling
Common cat behavioral problems and treatment plans.
Cats can suffer from a variety of behavior problems, including house-soiling, aggression, and anxiety. The first step in improving these issues is to understand the most likely reasons for these issues, which often begins with understanding typical cat behavior. At Purrfect Care Feline Medical Center, we strive to help our clients learn the real reasons for their cat's behavior and then find realistic options for a treatment plan.
During your cat's behavior consultation, we will review your cat's history, provide a physical evaluation, and perform appropriate labwork to rule out a medical cause for the behavior. After we reach a diagnosis, we will work with you to develop a treatment plan.
Common Cat Behavioral Problems
- House soiling
- Urine spraying/marking
- Aggression toward people or other animals
- Separation anxiety
- Nuisance actions such as excessive meowing, biting, or scratching undesired surfaces
Types of Treatment Plans
- Behavior modification
- Environmental changes
Are Cat Behavioral Problems Common?
Actually, yes. But most problems are treatable if diagnosed early. Do be prepared to try different approaches to the problem – not every cat is the same!
Do some behavior problems require medication?
We will almost always try behavior modification first. However, there are some cases where medication, used in conjunction with behavior modification, can help to manage a problem. Of course, we'll discuss the pros and cons of any treatment with you so you can better choose what's best for your cat.
If you feel you do not understand your cat's behavior and need help, we are here to assist you. Through a behavior consultation, we gather information regarding possible causes and contributing factors of the problematic behavior to make a diagnosis and an individualized behavior modification plan that fits your cat's needs.