Cat Behaviour Consultations

Cats are fascinating and mysterious creatures, which is why I chose to learn as much as possible about them. When they experience behaviour problems, it can be very stressful for everyone in the household.


I specialise in helping to resolve cat behaviour problems by combining intuition with scientific and practical knowledge and I only ever use kind, force-free methods.


I am also qualified and experienced in dog behaviour so I can help cats and dogs in the same household learn how to get along.


I offer consultations to help cats and their guardians better understand each other and empower them to feel confident in communicating more effectively so that they can live a more harmonious and enjoyable life together.


Cat Behaviour Problems


Many thousands of years ago, cats chose to live near human grain stores where the rodent population was abundant. It wasn’t long before these highly intelligent, enigmatic creatures moved into our homes and began living in relative luxury.


Despite being surrounded by home comforts, cats still need to be able to express natural feline behaviours in order to feel relaxed and content. They make wonderful companions and are part of our family but not all cats cope well in a domestic environment.


As much as we love them, there may come a point when a cat’s human needs to ask for help to resolve their behavioural issues. Cats may also need healing for physical and emotional problems, especially senior and rescue cats.


These are some of the cat behaviour problems and other issues with which I may be able to assist:


Toileting issues

Spraying indoors

Nervousness

Destructive behaviour

Self-harming

Tension in multi-cat or multi-species households

Aggression towards humans or other animals

Obsessive or repetitive behaviour

Fears and phobias

Senior and rescue cats

Chronic conditions and illnesses

Cats with disabilities

Physical and/or emotional trauma

Post-operative recovery

End of life transition

Grief (animals and humans)

Plus many more...


My approach is simple because I work from the heart. I have a natural affinity with cats and understand their body language and subtle nuances of behaviour. 


I offer advice and guidance on behaviour therapy, environmental enrichment and how to ensure that a cat's natural feline needs are being met.


Cat Behaviour Consultation Prices


Initial Consultation


Initial cat behaviour consultation costs £120 within five miles of Swadlincote, South Derbyshire plus £0.45 per mile for round trips outside of this area. 


It may be possible to claim for my charges via your pet's insurance policy if referred by a veterinary surgeon. Please contact your cat's insurer to find out about this. Details of my professional membership are at the foot of this page.


A consultation lasts for around 1.5-2 hours and includes a full behavioural assessment, advice and guidance if the problem is not too complex.


For more complicated problems, the initial consultation may be carried out in two stages. The first stage would be a full assessment and the second stage would include a detailed Behaviour Modification Plan, guidance and support. Ongoing support is offered via telephone and email for up to six months, if required.


Follow-up Meetings


For more complex cases, one or more follow-up meetings may be necessary. Follow-up meetings are £50 each and include further in-person guidance and support where required. Full support via telephone and email continues throughout this process.


My Approach


My approach is caring, supportive and non-judgemental. I aim to restore harmony in each household and examine every aspect of each case to glean a full picture which might provide clues as to why a certain behaviour or scenario is occurring.


My role is to empower the humans in the relationship to feel more confident in communicating with their animals and ensuring that all of their physical, mental and emotional needs are being met in a kind and loving way.


I only ever use force-free methods based on positive reinforcement and the natural inclinations of each cat. I am against using any kind of punishments or aversives. 


There is no place for force, fear, pain or intimidation when working with animals. I do not believe in pack theory, dominance or trying to be the ‘alpha’ in the relationship.


A loving relationship built on trust is the strongest possible foundation when working with animals to resolve any behavioural problems they seem to be experiencing.


Not every case is easy to resolve and may take a great deal of time and commitment on the part of the cat's human family. I always offer lots of support and guidance.


Further Information


I have written three books that are full of information about animal behaviour and communicating with them on every level. Please click here to find out about these.


I am an ICAN Certified Animal Behaviourist, Associate Certified Cat Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC), Full Member of The Association of INTO Dogs, member of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles, UK Reiki Federation and have run my own pet sitting business since 2011.


Please contact me by clicking on the button below to find out how I can help.

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