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Thursday, May 26 • 14:00 - 15:00
Behavioural changes caused by stress in companion animals Part 1

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Stress causes a variety of behavioural changes in dogs and cats, and many of such changes may have a negative effect on the human-animal bond or on the health of the animal. Stress often results in a decrease in feed intake and this is particularly common in cats, particularly when stress and diet change happen at the same time. Stress-induced anorexia in cats may lead to disease and it may appear together with a reduction in general activity. Occasionally, however, stress has the opposite effect and it has been suggested that stress may be one of the factors contributing to obesity in companion animals. Aggressive behaviour has many different causes and there is evidence that stress may increase aggression. This effect may be partly mediated by a decrease in serotonin activity in chronically stressed animals. Another behavioural problem that is sometimes caused by stress is urine marking in cats. Changes in the environment and inter-cat conflict are the most common stressors that may cause urine marking. However, urine marking is affected not only by stress but also by sexual hormones and therefore not all cases of urine marking are related to stress. Stress may also contribute to interstitial cystitis, which is another cause of inappropriate elimination in cats

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Dr Xavier Manteca

Xavier Manteca Vilanova received his BVSc degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and an MSc in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh. He also has a PhD from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Currently, he is professor at the... Read More →

Thursday May 26, 2016 14:00 - 15:00 ACST
Hall N Adelaide Convention Centre