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  • Sedatives are prescription medications that should only be administered to healthy animals. If your cat’s veterinary appointment is for a routine wellness examination, your veterinarian may prescribe a sedative if your cat’s stress is severe.

  • Fears, Phobias and Anxiety

    El miedo es una respuesta fisiológica, conductual y emocional a determinados estímulos que recibe un animal. La reacción fisiológica provoca un aumento de las frecuencias cardíaca y respiratoria (jadeo), sudoración, temblores, movimientos compulsivos y, en ocasiones, micción y defecación involuntarias.

  • Overcoming Fears with Desensitization and Counterconditioning

    El contra-condicionamiento y la desensibilización sistemática son formas muy eficaces de cambiar las conductas. Generalmente se usa una combinación de ambas técnicas para reducir ciertos comportamientos (miedos, excitación, agresión) asociados a situaciones específicas.

  • Moving into a new residence may be one of the most stressful events in anyone's life. It is important that you prepare your cat prior to moving into a new home to reduce their anxiety and minimize the problems that can result.

  • Children and Pets

    El nacimiento de un bebé o la adopción de un niño/a siempre van unidos a una gran excitación, ansiedad y estrés, pero no sólo para la familia, también las mascotas se ven afectadas.

  • Counterconditioning occurs when the pet's reaction (emotional response) to a stimulus is changed from one that is anxious or fearful to one that is positive and enjoyable. To accomplish this, favored rewards should be paired with each exposure to the stimulus.

  • Under-stimulation, an excess of unused energy, and lack of appropriate opportunities for play can lead to play-related aggression. This may be exhibited as overly rambunctious or aggressive play, which inadvertently leads to injuries to people.

  • Using Reinforcement and Rewards to Train Your Pet

    La mejor forma de adiestrar un animal consiste en utilizar correctamente el refuerzo positivo, los premios y los castigos. Es necesario saber cuál de ellos utilizar, cuándo, cómo y qué sucede si se usan indebidamente. La finalidad del adiestramiento es “enseñar” la tarea o el comportamiento deseados.

  • Since you and your cat will make many trips to the veterinary hospital over the years, it’s best to start preparing your kitty for these visits as soon as possible.

  • Punishment is the application of a stimulus that decreases the chance that a behavior will be repeated. It must coincide with the undesirable behavior, and must be unpleasant enough to deter the cat from repeating that behavior.

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