Cat Behavior
cat behavior

Cats are part of the family too. They can have behavior issues that impact them and the people who love them. Let me help your kitty.

Your cat has issues! Now what?

The first step to change is an intensive behavior consultation with a Behavior Consultant.

Your cat can get better, with the right help. Let me work with you and your cat on a program designed to fix their problem, and get them back on the right track to being a happy and content family pet.

Few things are more stressful than owning a cat with a behavior issue.  You cat to be a family pet, and companion.  However, things don’t always go as planned and you may have a big issue or a few big issues on your hands.  What started out as a small problem quickly snowballed into a big one! As a behavior consultant, I am uniquely equipped to help cat with serious behavioral issues, including aggression, house-soiling, fear, and more.

We Can Help Cats With:

  • Aggression
  • Fear
  • Anxiety
  • Litterbox Issues
  • Destructiveness
  • … AND MORE
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Imagine Your Cat:

  • Using the litterbox… every single time
  • Enjoying your friends
  • Able to quietly ride in a carrier
  • Enjoying being petted and groomed
  • Going to the vet without fear
  • Able to co-exist with other cats and dogs
  • Staying home alone, sleeping the day away
  • Using their toys and scratching post
  • Being friendly and confident

Using modern, positive-reinforcement based techniques combined with relationship building and changes to the living environment, your cat can learn how to be a friendly and happy member of your family. Keeping your family safe is my top priority, and you can expect full honesty from me.  There are no magic fixes when it comes to animal behavior, and no guarantees. My utmost goal is to help you and your cat, AND to be fully honest about prognosis!

There is HOPE for your Kitty

Maybe you’ve been told that your cat is mean, dumb, or just too old.

Or maybe you’ve been told that your cat can never get better.

You’ve tried the water spray bottle…and your cat hasn’t improved.

Or worse… they have continued to deteriorate.

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Where do we start?

  • All behavior consultations begin with a 2 hr. initial consultation.
  • I come to your house, and analyze your cat and the family interactions.
  • Immediate help is given so you can get started right away.
  • Safety recommendations are made to help ensure everyone is SAFE at home.
  • Within a week, you will receive a comprehensive behavioral profile for your cat.
  • In your profile, you will find a detailed training plan and recommendations for continued training.

Do you use positive reinforcement?

Yes! We firmly feel that training skills should be done using positive reinforcement.  We believe that our pets are family members who deserve to be treated with kindness and respect at all times.  We never use pain or fear as a motivator during training or relationship building.  Using pain and fear only serve to damage the human-animal bond.  We do, however, use consequences.  These consequences are always fair and always humane! For example, if your cat scratches at the cabinet for dinner, a consequence would be that we leave the kitchen… and their cat-food can unopened.  We would also begin teaching your cat how to quietly wait for the meal. We are firm believers in the Fear Free movement.

Does positive reinforcement actually work?

Yes! When done right, positive reinforcement training results in a pet who:

  • Knows What you Want
  • Does What you Want
  • Is Happy When you Ask!

Just as we work for a paycheck, our cats can learn to work too. Cats thrive when given a job.  Eventually, you will be able to reward less and less frequently as your cat learns their job, and it becomes easy. Remember, positive is not permissive.

What are the most important aspects of training?

In our opinion, the most important aspects of training are:

  • Setting Strong, Clear Boundaries
  • Developing a Relationship Based upon Mutual Respect
  • Environmental Enrichment

We set strong boundaries by figuring out how we want our cat to behave, and then being clear and firm about what we want, while setting the cat up for success along the way.

Relationships are developed by providing calm leadership, and respecting your cat as an individual.  This means always treating your cat with kindness, and providing lots of opportunities for physical exercise and mental enrichment.

Environmental enrichment is setting up your home to be cat-friendly.  This is a surprisingly easy way to help many behavior issues.

What is relationship building?

Relationship building goes beyond simple training. There are so many ways that we can positively and creatively interact with our cats. Let me show you how.

What makes your training method unique?

Our approach is holistic. We don’t look at the pet as a series of actions that need to be modified.  We look at your pet as a unique individual.  Training goes beyond simply teaching your pet to respond to commands. We work together to help your cat feel more comfortable and at ease in your home!