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Feline behaviour problems in Brazil: a review of 155 referral cases
  1. Daniela Ramos1,
  2. Archivaldo Reche-Junior1,
  3. Yumi Hirai1 and
  4. Daniel S Mills2
  1. 1 Faculdade de Medicina Veterinaria e Zootecnia, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  2. 2 Department of Biological Sciences, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Daniela Ramos; daniela.ramos{at}


Background Geographical variations in feline behaviour problems exist. The occurrence of feline behaviour problems in different regions are therefore important to prepare professionals for the emerging needs of cat owners.

Methods One-hundred and fifty-five feline behaviour cases that were referred to a veterinary behaviourist in São Paulo (Brazil) during the period 2008–2014 are described.

Results Inter-cat aggression was the main behavioural complaint reported (31%), followed by housesoiling (26.4%). Unlike other international studies, inter-cat aggression was more frequently seen than inappropriate elimination. Oral repetitive behaviours, including problems such as psychogenic alopecia and pica, were also a prevalent problem (ie, 16.8% of the cases). Human-directed aggression accounted for 13.5% of the cases, taking fourth place in the list of the most common feline behavioural problems. Female and male cats were equally likely to be presented (51% and 49% of cases, respectively).

Conclusions This study highlights potentially geographical or temporal variation in the behavioural problems that need to be recognised by veterinary behaviourists in order to meet the emerging needs of owners.

  • behavioral problems
  • cat
  • Brazil

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  • Funding This study was funded by Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo ( and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement All data relevant to the study are included in the article.

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