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[Inappropriately rough play behaviour and predatory attacks against people by a tomcat. A case report].

[Article in German]

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Matina Morber, Tierärztliche Praxis, (Tätigkeitsschwerpunkt Verhaltenstherapie), Wendelsteinstraße 19, Erding.


The owner of a 6-months-old tomcat came to seek help because the cat had attacked her face on a near-daily basis. Through a detailed behavioural history, the cat's behaviour was diagnosed as human-directed predatory attack behaviour, play-related aggression and reduced motor as well as emotional self-control. Within a few weeks, behavioural therapy produced a significant improvement. After 5 months of therapy, the cat showed neither predatory attacks nor inappropriately rough or aggressive behaviour in play towards its owner or other humans.

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