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Behaviour

  • Behaviour changes in older cats in pain. As cats get older changes in their behaviour may be noticed. Exuberant playful (and often crazy!) kitten behaviour gives way to adult cats sleeping in the sun and prowling around the house. We take it for granted that older cats will take even longer naps in the sun or on our beds. It is important, however, to differentiate normal feline behaviours from abnormal ones, as some behaviour changes in aging cats arise from pain and are definitely not normal.

  • These drugs are used to modify or treat a wide range of undesirable or unsociable behaviour or emotional disorders such as obsessive compulsive behaviour, separation anxiety, depression, and…

  • It is not unusual for behaviour problems to develop in older pets. Many of the problems have similar causes to those in younger pets. Changes in the household or changes in the environment can…

  • There are a number of excellent books and training guides available that are intended to teach pet owners how to apply the basic principles of learning and training in a humane, effective and logical manner.

  • A pet may be a part of your life for many years – cats can live into their late teens, even as old as 20, and depending on the size dogs can often live from 8-10 yrs (giant breeds) to…

  • Systematic desensitisation is a behavioural modification method used to reduce an animal’s emotional response to a given object or situation. It is the most effective means of treating…

  • When we speak of training our pets, what we usually mean is that we want them to learn a specific task or behaviour. The best way to train pets is through the proper application of learning…

  • Losing weight is often a difficult process and animals, like people, often take weeks or months to shed those unwanted pounds. Feeding a prescription slimming diet is certainly a good start in…

  • There are many reasons, why an animal may do the same thing again and again. It may be a response to something specific which triggers the behaviour. For example, the occasional flea bite…

  • Punishment is the application of a stimulus that decreases the chance that a behaviour will be repeated. It should coincide with the undesirable behaviour, and must be unpleasant enough to…