Clinical Trial for Aggression Therapy, Lower Michigan & Chicago area

This is a place to gain some understanding of cat behavior and to assist people in training their cats and dealing with common behavior problems, regardless of the method(s) used. Keep in mind that you may be receiving advice from other cat owners and lovers...not professionals. If you have a major problem, always seek the advice of a trainer or behaviorist!


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Veterinary Behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter is looking for cat guardians whose cats are not getting along to participate in a trial for a new pheromone therapy. The image in this post explains the details and benefits for participation, and for more info, please contact Dr. DePorter at theresaDVM@aol.com.

They will be accepting volunteers for between March and July, with enrollment meetings in Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids and Chicago.

The cats do NOT attend meetings. laugh out loud


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The study enrollment meetings for April will be held at OVRS in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan on: Tuesday April 22nd from 2-4pm and Tuesday April 22nd from 6-8pm

The Chicago meeting will be held at the The Anti-Cruelty Society located at 157 West Grand Avenue Chicago on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Additional dates to be announced

The cats do not attend the meeting!

Theresa DePorter DVM, ECAWBM, DACVB

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Twenty-one Windy City families are participating in the clinical trial.

Next enrollment events: Bloomfield Hills Michigan on April 22 and May 13
Ann Arbor on May 15
Lansing on June 12

These kitties have been fighting, bickering and brawling for years. Please share so we can help more kitties and learn more about why cats do this. Peace is possible.

Contact Theresa DePorter, veterinary behaviorist at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, MI (Metro Detroit) 248-334-6877 or TheresaDVM@aol.com to see if your Fracas Felines qualify.


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I encourage any-cat that can participate, to do so. The meeting is very informative, and I learned a great deal! IT is not difficult to keep up with the observation. wave


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Semiochemical messages of fear or peace? Clinical trial for cats that do not get along. Cats earn $50.Last chance to join. Please share.

Cats communicate with each other by leaving semiochemical messages called pheromones in the environment which other cats “read” in much the same way people get information by reading a written message. What if we could speak cat? What if we could write a “cat message” in cat language and send it to the cats and change their behavior?

In this trial, the effectiveness of a pheromone message being utilized to promote amicable interactions will be evaluated. Cats communicate fear and distress signals and leave these messages in the environment which likely perpetuates the feline hostilities. Cats naturally are socially independent and lack the inherent skills to reconcile once hostilities have tainted feline friendships.

Since March, 2014 over 100 households have participated in a clinical trial on “Improvement of Aggression Between Housemate Cats”. The enrollment phase will close on July 29th.

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 contact Theresa DePorter by email TheresaDVM@aol.com or call Oakland Veterinary Referral Services at 248-334-6877. Please share the study flyer at (www.OVRS.com).


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Purred: Sun Mar 15, '15 6:08am PST 
The results of this study are posted on Psychology Today. There is hope for resolution of kitty conflicts. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201502/resolv ing-social-conflict-between-familiar-cats

This year a new phase of this study is assessing a similar but different test article and this study includes two diffusers for 3 months.kitty

Quarrelling kitties. Some don’t get along with housemate cats. Theresa DePorter is a veterinary behaviorist searching for solutions for feline aggression by conducting a clinical trial on “Improvement of Aggression between Housemate Cats” using pheromone formulations. Please see the study flyer or on the behavior page at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services (www.ovrs.com). Enrollment meetings will be held at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services between January and April 2015. This study is limited to 70 households. No drugs, no placebo. New pheromone blend, new diffuser. 3 month treatment.

Please share.