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Cats generally by nature are very solitary creatures, and are fiercely territorial. They can patrol territories including most of the neighbourhood and will leave urine and faces to mark out their boundaries. These act as a warning to intruding cats – ‘get off my land!’ the first cats were domesticated by the Ancient Egyptians in much the same way as wolves were domesticated into dogs.

Cats however have remained in much the same shapes and sizes as nature intended thousands of years ago, we do not see the extremes of size seen in dogs for example between Chihuahuas and Great Danes.Certain breed traits are apparent however and breed specific behavioural problems have arisen.
Although cats have become increasingly popular as pets due to their independent and affectionate nature as a species, cats are very sensitive to change and behavioural issues are often overlooked. Many behavioural services do not cater for feline clients; Pet Behaviour Solutions offers a complete service for you and your cat.

Old age behavioural changes can be more noticeable in cats than dogs, which often show deterioration in the body before the brain. Research has shown that geriatric cats commonly suffer from neuron damage in the brain much like Alzheimer’s disease in elderly people. Obviously you should consult your vet if you suspect Tiddles is going a bit senile, several veterinary treatments are available to slow the brain ageing process. Behavioural support is also very important to these golden oldies to make them feel more secure and make their autumn years more fulfilling.

Innapropriate Cat Behaviour may include:

  • Urine spraying or other toileting issues
  • Scratching of furniture etc
  • Aggression
  • Stress related health issues
  • Anxiety/fears/phobias
  • Old age behavioural changes
  • Excessive noise
  • Insomnia/waking up in the night
  • Destructiveness