Environmental Enrichment: can living conditions lead to cat's behavioural problems?

To prevent behavioral problems, the enrichment of the living household must be the basis to guarantee that cats are having all their behavioral needs ensured. This way, together with some specific training, we will prevent adequately behavioral problems. However, when the cat presents with a behavioral problem, the origin of its negative emotional state or lack of control of its positive emotional state, needs to be identified to treat it. And the environment is, in many cases, the origin of this unbalanced emotional state. For all those reasons, knowing the basis of Environmental Enrichment applicable to every cats' household, is a "must" in every veterinarian training to make sure the correct and adequate message is spread to the owners. This way we will be, all together, creating better living conditions for cats, promoting their welfare. To learn more about the subject, check this video... 


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Gonçalo da Graça Pereira

Gonçalo da Graça Pereira, DVM, MsC, PhD, Dip ECAWBM (BM), Dip ECAWBM (AWSEL) 

Veterinary Degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon. Master in Clinical Ethology and Animal Welfare at the Faculty of Veterinary from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. PhD in Veterinary Science at the Institute of Biomedical Science Abel Salazar in O’Porto. Diplomate by the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine, in both subspecialities (Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Legislation). Director of the Center for Animal Knowledge (Centro para o Conhecimento Animal). Professor of Animal Welfare, Behaviour and Training in Escola Superior Agrária de Elvas from Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre. Lecturer in different Faculties on Behavioural Medicine, Animal Welfare and Ethics. Trainer and speaker in Seminars, Conferences and Congresses national and internationally. Author, Co-author and Coordinator of several studies in animal behaviour and welfare in Portugal. Receive referral cases in Behaviour since 2003. Founder And Past-President of PsiAnimal – Portuguese Association of Behavioural Therapy and Animal Welfare. President of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM) and Vice-President of the European Society of Veterinary Clinical Ethology (ESVCE).

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