Common info

The behavior and nervous system are related, from examples of various behaviors of animals, whether it is innate behavior or learning behavior, it is found that it doesn’t occur in all animals, each animal will respond to things differently depending on the development of the nervous system.


Animals that have a well-developed nervous system are the ones that have a smaller central brain and the front brain grows bigger, because the front brain is related to knowledge, memory, and Intelligence, especially in the front part of the brain (cerebral). Some of the frontal brains associated with the five sensory organs, including the nose, ears, eyes, tongue and skin, temperature control and body balances including the endocrine system which affects the response to various situations that are more detailed and complex. The behavioral expression is essential to learn about the response to all organ systems of animals. The nervous system disorders may lead to changes in the behavior of pets.

Running in a circle (Spinning) is a common problem, If the pet is old, they might have health problems In memory, hearing, also neurological symptoms.

Star disease or looking up at the star (Star gazing) is a behavior that the animal shows when they lose the control of their head, unable to set the neck straight. Animals will have confusion and cannot control themselves.

Attack or harmful behavior (Pouncing) is a behavior of predators. Is behavior that shows mysterious signs, often found in cats. The cat will attack the target or the victim by quietly sneaking into the target. It is the predator’s instinct, which may occur while the animal looks like a target, they might sit or squat while staring at the victim.

Fly snapping (Fly snapping or Fly biting), also known as fly-biting, is a behavior that similar to repetitive behavior which may be caused by many factors such as repetitive behavior, stress, genetic or other problems such as eye problems or epilepsy problems.

Shadow running behavior (Light or shadow chasing) Is a repetitive behavior. The symptoms can be developed continuously caused by factors and ongoing behavior. What causes this behavior is stress or conflict, pets may be bullied by other animals or skin infections, eye problems, and abnormal nervous system.


There are many factors that cause the disease such as;

  • Stress, anxiety
  • Species and age
  • Heredity
  • Medical factors such as a nervous system which associated with other behaviors that occur repeatedly.


  • Neurological behavior
  • Running in a circular motion (Spinning)
  • Star disease or looking at the stars (Star gazing)
  • Attack or dangerous behavior (Pouncing)
  • Behavior that seems repetitive (Fly snapping, Fly snapping or Fly biting)
  • The behavior of chasing shadows (Light or shadow chasing)

Treatment and Prevention

Behavioral therapy

There are many ways for pets to change their behaviors.

  1. First, when found that animals have abnormal behavior, it should be prohibited immediately.
  2. When trying to change their behavior and they cooperate very well, you should reward them with something.
  3. Distract their attention, for them to not be obsessed with what they are doing repeatedly.
  4. Ordering and commanding Is a tip that allows pets to not be able to do more than one activity at the same time. Therefore, animals must follow instructions and not showing strange symptoms.
  5. Follow the steps 1,2 and 3 regularly to make the animals feel accustomed to the routine.
  6. Let the pet be stimulated, both physically and mentally by the animals themselves and creating an environment for animals to feel relaxed.
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