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Clinical Trial is Cat’s Meow for Families with Fighting Felines

If your cats are always fighting or displaying other aggressive behavior, there may be hope.

A Bloomfield Hills veterinarian is conducting a clinical trial on a synthetic pheromone that may curb cats' aggressive behavior. (Photo: Oakland Veterinary Referral Service)
A Bloomfield Hills veterinarian is conducting a clinical trial on a synthetic pheromone that may curb cats' aggressive behavior. (Photo: Oakland Veterinary Referral Service)

A Bloomfield Hills veterinary clinic is accepting volunteers for a clinical trial on a new pheromone aimed at curbing cat aggression in multi-cat households.

Theresa DePorter, a veterinary behaviorist at Oakland Veterinary Referral Service, is leading the study, which will test the efficacy of a synthetic pheromone diffuser to reduce aggressive cat behavior, The Oakland Press reports.

Cats leave messages for one another through airborne signals known as pheromones, and the DePorter is testing  a product that would diffuse the chemical secretions. Aggression isn’t limited to fighting and can also include passive blocking, staring and other aggressive displays.

Qualifications for the study include:

  • Cats have been fighting for at least two weeks

  • Minor or major aggressive encounters occur four times during the last two weeks

  • Households of 2–5 indoor cats (households with six or more cats cannot participate, this is a strict condition)

  • Cats must all be at least 6 months old

  • Male cats must be neutered

  • All cats should be healthy

  • Cats that have caused serious injuries are not eligible

  • Cats given medication, supplements or pheromones for behavior are not eligible

Enrollment meetings will be held at the Bloomfield Hills clinic at 1400 Telegraph Road, as well as in Lansing, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Chicago. Enrollment opportunities in Bloomfield Hills are May 13, June 3, June 17 and July 8. To volunteer, call (248) 334-6877 or email TheresaDVM@aol.com.

Cats don’t have to attend the meetings. Those enrolling will need to keep a daily record of their cats’ aggressive behavior for seven weeks, complete weekly surveys of behavior assessments for seven weeks and participate in a brief phone interview every two weeks during the trial.

Upon completion of the free study, participants will receive a $50 American Express gift card and a voucher for the new pheromone product.

Theresa DePorter July 12, 2014 at 10:38 AM
The final enrollment opportunities: July 22nd Ann Arbor Animal Hospital – Ann Arbor, MI 2pm or 6pm July 29th Oakland Veterinary Referral Services - Bloomfield Hills, MI 2pm or 6pm Volunteers only attend one meeting and they must be prequalified. Interested volunteers should contacting Theresa DePorter by email TheresaDVM@aol.com or call Oakland Veterinary Referral Services at 248-334-6877. Please share the study flyer (www.OVRS.com).

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