An indirect assessment method that can be used when a behavior results in a certain tangible outcome that you are interested in indirect because you are not observing and recording the behavior as it occurs baseline and treatment used to increase the frequency of a desirable behavior and to decrease the frequency of an undesirable. With the undesirable behavior the key to successfully stopping undesirable behavior is to associate an unpleasant consequence with the undesirable behavior however, unless the owner remains out of sight while administering punishment the cat may learn to cease the behavior only when you are present. Feline behavior and welfare 2004) most of the potentially undesirable behaviors (eg whilst laser pointers were initially considered to be a suitable method of enrichment for cats.
Full-text paper (pdf): reduction of abnormal behavior in a gorilla (gorilla gorilla gorilla) through social interaction with human beings. Feral cat colonies typically arise when changes in human activity create an opportunity for existing baseline feral cat populations to form a locally concentrated group for example, the opening of a new restaurant can allow for easily gained food via unprotected garbage cans. Method the subject for this project was an indoor cat who felt the need to escape from the owners house every time a door was opened observations were made of the subject for a period of four days.
Changing undesirable behaviors the purpose of this paper was to establish a baseline of an undesirable behavior and develop a modification program to help reduce or eliminate the behavior various motivations and cues were observed to help devise a training agenda more effectively. By urine marking, a cat tells other cats of his presence and makes a statement about such things as what piece of property is his, how long ago he was in the area and, over time, when other cats can expect him to return. Cat behavior cat intelligence cat communication cat senses catnip - nepeta cataria feral cat colonies typically arise when changes in human activity create an opportunity for existing baseline feral cat populations to form a locally concentrated group of sick or injured cats (this part of the tnr method does not always take place. The purpose of this paper was to establish a baseline of an undesirable behavior and develop a modification program to help reduce or eliminate the behavior various motivations and cues were observed to help devise a training agenda more effectively. Undesirable behavior in cats eliminating) is to make the area less appealing (or downright unpleasant) for scratching or eliminating if the cat is scratching furniture, a large piece of material kingsbrookah-undesirable-behaviors-cats author: kingsbrook animal hospital.
In other cases, we will be trying to reduce the amount of stress experienced by the cat and reduce “abnormal” or undesirable behaviors that occur as a result of that stress make your cat feel safe with perches and hiding places to modify feline behavior. A method of treating ocd that involves prolonged exposure to the anxiety-arousing event while not engaging in the compulsive behavior pattern that reduces the anxiety it combines the graduated exposure of systematic desensitization with the prolonged exposure of flooding therapy. Cats may display aggression toward other cats due to play, predatory behavior, redirected behavior, fear, and perhaps as a status-related behavior in which cats use aggression to retain control of sleeping areas, common areas, or possessions. A behavior that prevents the occurrence of some other behavior whenever possible, select a substitute behavior that is incompatible with the undesired one habit reversal- for annoying or self-destructive habits and tics: substitute an incompatible behavior.
The first step in correcting feline behavior problems is to recognize why your cat is exhibiting the behavior and to recognize normal cat behaviors feline behavior modification can be used to correct what we, as cat owners, see as behavior problems in many cases, we are actually directing the cat. Feline inappropriate elimination is a complex issue and, untreated, may lead to deterioration of the owner-cat bond and subsequent relinquishment or euthanasia fortunately, our understanding of this behavior is progressing and promising treatment options are available. An indirect assessment method that can be used when a behavior results in a certain tangible outcome that you are interested in indirect because you are not observing and recording the behavior as it occurs multiple-baseline-across behaviors 3 multiple-baseline-across-settings 6 increasing the response effort for undesirable behaviors.
For cats with inappropriate toileting problems, they can then be calmly taken to the litter box and praised and given another food treat for appropriate elimination 21 this method gives the owner a means of stopping undesirable elimination without causing fear or anxiety, keeping the owner-cat bond intact. As soon as the cat enters the area or begins to perform the undesirable behavior (climb, scratch), use a long-range water pistol, noise device or remote control device (see below) to chase the cat away. Feline inappropriate elimination is the number one behavioral reason for relinquishment of cats to shelters and has historically been the most commonly reported feline problem addressed by behavior professionals. Behavioral problems of cats by gary m landsberg, bsc, dvm, mrcvs, dacvb, decawbm, in most cases of normal but undesirable behaviors, the owners require guidance and resource material on meeting the behavioral needs of cats and understanding learning principles to reinforce what is desirable while preventing what is undesirable.