Advice: Your pet has behavioural problems

If you have a problem with your pet’s behaviour, there is a lot of expert advice available. Pets can develop a range of behaviour problems, such as aggression, destructiveness, inappropriate toileting, self-mutilation, inappropriate vocal behaviour, nervousness, and phobias.

Such behaviour can be inconvenient for you, the owner, but more importantly it is often a sign that your pet’s welfare is poor. It is important to seek expert advice from a vet first to rule out any underlying physical cause.

Your vet will be able to either give you behavioural advice themselves or refer you to an expert that can. For more information about finding an animal behaviourist.

If you need to register your pet with a vet practice, consult your Yellow Pages or visit Find a Vet.

Remember many behavioural ‘problems’ you face with your pet may simply be the natural behaviour of an un-neutered pet. Neutering your cat often stops territorial urine spraying (and always makes it smell less pungent), fighting and calling. Neutering your dog can also reduce aggression, urine marking and excessive barking.

Low income or benefits

If you are on a low income or benefits, you may also be eligible to attend a local charity clinic, which you can find by consulting the following websites:

Contact us

For emergencies (eg. to report cruelty or sick/injured animals), call: 0300 1234 999

(Please be aware that our branch is unable to assist with reports of animal neglect and abuse, the number above is for the National Control Centre.)

To contact the branch office for other enquiries, you can:

Our postal address is:

RSPCA Central, West & North East London
Box 145
2 Lansdowne Row
London W1J 6HL