RSPCA Central, West & North East London

24-hour cruelty and advice line: 0300 1234 999

Advice: If you need advice about your pet

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

* 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:

Your vet will then 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.

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.

For general advice on your pet refer to

  • RSPCA 0870 010 1181 – calls charged at national rate
  • or phone us on 020 7 272 2264.
  • or you can visit the RSPCA website for more information