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Wednesday, May 25 • 14:30 - 15:30
Aggressive behaviour in cats

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Aggressive behaviour towards humans or other cats is a relatively common complaint in feline behavioural medicine, being second only to inappropriate elimination. Cats that live indoors and those that have been obtained from a pet shop seem to be more likely to develop aggressive behaviour. The most common forms of aggressive behaviour towards other cats are fear aggression, territorial aggression and intra-sexual aggression. Fear and territorial aggression can be distinguished based on the cat’s body posture (defensive in fear aggression and offensive in territorial aggression) and the time course of the problem, which tends to be more gradual in the case of territorial aggression and more sudden in fear aggression. Intra-sexual aggression is shown between adult, entire males. Many cases of aggression towards humans are either fear aggression, petting-related aggression or redirected aggression. Redirected aggression occurs when cats are unable to direct their aggression towards the eliciting stimulus, which very often is the presence of another cat or a noise. Cats with redirected aggression may display very sudden, violent attacks. The causes, diagnosis and treatment of these forms of aggression will be explained in the lecture

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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 →

Wednesday May 25, 2016 14:30 - 15:30 ACST
Hall L Adelaide Convention Centre