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Introducing Feline Behavior Medicine

A change in your cat's behavior is often the first sign of discomfort or an underlying medical illness. Observe what is normal behavior in your cat so that you notice a change right away. It is always easier to prevent or treat a problem if caught early.

What is Feline Behavior Medicine?

If the veterinarian rules out discomfort and illness then the next step is a thorough analysis of the pet's behavior history. For more information, take
this form to your veterinarian or call 1-800-372-3706 Ext. 87 to learn about this service provided by Rolan Tripp, DVM.

When cats show behavior issues, your veterinarian typically works with a veterinary behavior consultant to combine any indicated anti-anxiety or other appropriate medicine with a customized behavior modification program and education on how to respond in different ways to the pet at home.


A change in your cat's behavior may be the first sign of physical discomfort or illness. When in doubt, have your veterinarian check it out.

What to do

  • Start with a comprehensive medical exam and diagnostic tests to rule out possible pain, discomfort and illness when observing: aggression, destruction, excess grooming or vocalization, excess thirst, lack of drinking, changes in elimination behaviors, fearfulness, fighting, finicky eater, excessive kneading and suckling, eating non-food objects, hiding, new lethargy or hyperactive behavior. Any sudden new behavior or one that is getting progressively worse.

  • Call a veterinary behavior consultant to improve these behaviors: aloof or too independent, climbing curtains, roaming up on counters.

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