Sometimes altered behavior in cats is due to underlying medical problems. In this talk, the presenter will deal with pathological aggression, which may be a result of a partial seizure, perhaps hyperthyroidism, or parasitic migration in the cat’s brain. How to recognize these bizarre forms of aggression will be discussed, as will treatment options. Other conditions that will be discussed from a medical point of view are: feline hyperesthesia, seizure-related tail chasing, nutritional deficiency, skin conditions and also, the flip side, behavior conditions that masquerade as medical conditions. Finally, feline Alzheimer’s disease and medical causes of house-soiling will be addressed including ways in which these conditions can be diagnosed and treated. It behooves all cat owners, as well as feline behavioral or veterinary professionals, to be aware of these “curve ball” causes of altered behavior which, as the talk will demonstrate, can often be addressed.
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”.
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