What is a behavioural problem?
(a) A natural behaviour that is undesirable to the owner, but very desirable to the animal.
(b) A natural behaviour that us undesirable to both owner and animal.
(c) An abnormal behaviour exhibited (and often done in repetition) that suggests the animal has an inability to cope with something in its environment (known as Stereotypical Behaviour).
Common Behavioural Problems:
– Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (O.C.D.)
– Coprophagia (eating faeces – not abnormal for certain species)
– Excessive Vocalisation
– Scratching/ biting/ kicking/ rearing/ bucking
– Tail Chasing
– Feather Plucking/ Fur Pulling
– Chewing (things that they are not meant to chew)
– Excessive Grooming
– Wind Sucking/ Cribbing
– Weaving/ Swaying
– Head Bobbing
– Neck Twisting
– Bar Biting
– Vomiting (and then eating it, and vomiting again)
– Coprophilia (playing with faeces)
– Coprophaga (repeated)
How can behavioural problems be approached?
(1) Educating the owner
(2) Modifying the environment
(3) Modifying the animal