Certain cats, notably but not exclusively of Oriental breeds, engage in bizarre repetitive behaviors now known as compulsive behaviors. Some of these behaviors, like compulsive nail biting, may go almost unnoticed by owners whereas others, like wool sucking or the compulsive eating of inedible objects, are hard to miss. An additional compulsive behavior that will be dealt with in this talk is psychogenic alopecia in which cats over groom as a result of anxiety and render themselves bald usually on the underside and inside of their legs. What causes cats to engage in these strange behaviors will be discussed in this talk, including measures that can be enacted to alleviate or, in some cases, cure the behavior. Videotape of the various feline compulsions will be shown so that viewers will have a really clear idea of how to recognize them.
THE WELL ADJUSTED CAT SEMINAR SERIES
A PetDocs Presentation
Presentation by: Dr. Nicholas Dodman, BVMS
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
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Dr. Dodman, founder and Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University, appears regularly on radio and television including: 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Dateline, World News with Peter Jennings, Discovery Channel, NOVA and Animal Planet. In addition, Dr. Dodman is a columnist for the American Kennel Club’s quarterly publication, AKC Family Dog. Dr. Dodman has also authored 9 books including “The Dog Who Loved Too Much”, “Dogs Behaving Badly” and “The Cat Who Cried for Help”.
This video qualifies for 0.75 trainer CEUs and 0.5 behavior consultant CEUs