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Aggression in cats (Proceedings)


CVC IN KANSAS CITY PROCEEDINGS


Feline social behavior

Cats are not asocial animals nor are they small dogs
Cats are social animals and are individuals.

For free ranging cats:

     • Home Ranges (area traveled during normal activities)
     • Time shares (Overlap)
     • Social groups
     • Stable
     • Co-operative parenting
     • Little is definitively known about hierarchy
     • Not "pack"

Affiliative gestures - behaviors that ↓ distance between cats

     • Characterized by Allogrooming and allorubbing
     • Proximity
     • Food sharing
     • Play

Agonistic behaviors - behaviors that ↑ distance between animals

     • Vocalization
     • Piloerection
     • Body language
     • Facial expressions
     • Facial Expressions

Types of Feline Aggression:

     • Redirected aggression
     • Territorial aggression
     • Fear-related aggression
     • Play-related aggression
     • Petting-induced (Status-related) aggression
     • Aggression in the Veterinary Office

Treatment options:

     • Desensitization and counterconditioning (DS/CC)
     • "House of Plenty"/Proper Play Activities
     • Remote punishment
     • +/- medications
     • +/- NILIF
     • Desensitization and Counterconditioning
     • Gradual (re)introductions
     • Start introductions through closed door
     • Screen door/carriers/leashes
     • Gradually increase time together and proximity
     • Rotate cats
     • Create a group scent
     • Towels
     • Feliway?


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