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Pet Behavior Counseling 

Common pet behavioral problems and treatment plans.

Cats can suffer from a multitude of ailments ranging from severe phobias to aggressions. The first step in controlling these issues is to understand the "what and why" of each situation. Proper diagnosis dispels myths in behavior.

It is common for a pet owner to assume that their pet is just being spiteful when in fact they may have a behavioral problem. At The Cat Doctor, we strive to help our clients learn the real reasons for their pet's behavior and then find realistic options for a treatment plan.

During your consultation, we will review your pet's history, provide a physical evaluation and diagnostic workup and work with you to develop a treatment plan.


Types of Treatment Plans

  • Medication
  • Environmental changes
  • Medical recommendations
  • Referral to a dedicated behaviorist

Are Behavioral Problems Common?

Actually, yes. But most problems are easily preventable if diagnosed and treated early. Do be prepared to try different approaches to the problem – not every pet is the same!

If it's a behavior problem, don't I need a trainer? How can a veterinarian help me?

The first thing we need to do is rule out underlying health issues. Your cat is missing the litter box? This could mean a urinary tract infection. Sudden change in personality? Perhaps it's related to abnormal thyroid hormone levels.

In many cases, a behavior problem will be one we've seen before. And for many problems, there are tried and true remedies. For example, a different litter type or an extra pan in the house may help with cases of inappropriate elimination in cats.

Do some behavior problems require medication?

We will always try other methods first. However, there are some cases where medication, used in conjunction with behavior modification, can help to manage a problem. Of course, we'll discuss the pros and cons of any treatment with you so you can better choose what's best for your pet.


Call us at (207) 874-2287 or request an appointment online to discuss your pet's behavior needs.

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