Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors In Cats May Mean Your Cat Has An Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Doctor'S Office Of Veterinary Medical Science, University Of Texas Health Science Center

Obsessive-compulsion behaviors in cats may mean your cat has an Obsessive Compulsion Disorder. Feline - Observation may be genetic, but this is uncertain. Some cats will have some abnormal behaviors, while others show only one primary symptom of feline anxiety. Overgrooming is one common sign of OCD. In cats with OCD, tail-chasing and/or self-mutilation may occur. The behaviors can even become a coping mechanism for a cat in a stressful situation. OCD cannot be diagnosed with a specific test. The pattern of behavior is enough to suspect OCD. It is important to rule out other causes of behavior before making a diagnosis. If your cat shows odd behavior, see your doctor first. There is no known cure for OCD. There are treatments that can reduce or even eliminate the signs. Do your best not to soothe, comfort, or reward your cat when she shows irrational or compulsive behaviors. Instead, focus on keeping a predictable schedule for your cat. Prescription medications are commonly needed for cats with moderate to severe OCD. These drugs alter brain chemistry to reduce stress and change the patterns of disordered behaviors. Do not change or stop medications without first discussing it with your vet. We know that treatment protocols may need to be periodically adjusted. . . .

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