A recent survey, released by the British Veterinary Association, revealed that 98% of vets have been asked to euthanise a healthy pet citing the owner’s reason as their pet’s behaviour. Problem behaviours vets can see include persistent howling, destructive chewing, and inappropriate toileting. Aggressive behaviour, towards both people and other pets, is also a problem that led to the owner’s request of euthanasia.
It is a very sad situation that owners feel there are no other options but to ask their vet to euthanise their pet because it is showing problem behaviour. Fortunately, many unwanted behaviours in cats are preventable. It is often owner misunderstanding, or lack of knowledge of feline behaviour, that leads owners to manage their cats in a manner that can cause problem behaviours.