Introduction: If the interaction between pet owners and cats is not managed properly some behavioral problems might arise, for example aggression and house soiling. Gonadectomy is often recommended as a solution for these undesired behaviours. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of gonadectomy on feline behaviour. Materials and methods: Forty cats were enrolled at the time of gonadectomy and were monitored using a questionnaire through phone contacts at 10, 30,90, 180 and 270 days after surgery. The anaesthetic and surgical techniques used for the surgery are aligned with the main methods currently in use. Results: After surgery a significant demand for food and food intake was revealed by our study. Other behaviours like exploration and play did not show any change. Even if only 20% of our sample showed house soiling problems, this behaviour significantly decreased after gonadectomy. Discussion: Even if this is a pilot study and result must be taken with caution,this study confirm the risk of obesity in neutered cats and the efficacy of gonadectomy in the treatment of house soiling problems in cats. Further studies are needed to better understand the changing in feline behaviour after gonadectomy.
|Titolo:||Modificazioni comportamentali del gatto dopo l'intervento di gonadectomia|
PALESTRINI, CLARA (Primo)
MINERO, MICHELA (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Behaviour; Cat; Gonadectomy|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore AGR/19 - Zootecnica Speciale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||ago-2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|