I have practiced small animal medicine for 35 years. There are a variety of problems that I encountered for which I was unable to find a straight forward solution. Behavioral problems such as aggression between cats, periuria without a medical cause, anxiety including separation anxiety, destructive behavior (for example chewing on walls and door jambs), aggression towards people and apparent inability to learn. Of course there are many other issues.
These issues can be traced back to development disturbances which result in a foundational gap or weakness resulting in vulnerability or feelings of vulnerability. These animals tend to be very reactive, often to normal environmental stimulation. Often they can not feel the here and now safety of their circumstances. Rescue animals (abandoned animals), animals separated from their mothers too early or lose their mothers, animals that have medical procedures during critical developmental periods are some examples. Cell memory is a subject that has gotten a lot of attention and has been recognized as a powerful influence. A dog or a cat cannot consciously remember an event that has happened during the first 2 to 3 months of post natal life but lives with the memory in its cells, in its subconscious. The result is subconscious behavior created by a past experience. The behavior is then not inn harmony with the animal’s here and now reality. Certain stimuli from the outside world can “trigger” an animal into a behavior because the stimuli touch a traumatic memory in the cells of the animal or, touch a gap, reminding the animal of pain or danger, either physical or psychological. Using other words, the animal meets a circumstance that they feel they can’t handle or that they truly can’t handle. The animal reacts and they often do not know what they are doing. Again, the reaction is essentially a subconscious or unconscious act, not relevant to their here and now circumstances.