Behaviour Counselling (Cats)
Most pet owners think of cats as ‘easier’ than dogs, mainly because they don’t need to be walked and are considered much more independent. However, this doesn’t mean that they are always problem-free and many people do experience some quite severe behavioural issues with their cats.
Common examples are:
- Spraying in the house – this is most common in intact male cats and can be either territorial or stress related (or a combination of the two).
- Toileting in the house – urinating and / or defecating in the house rather than choosing the litter tray or going outside.
- Scratching carpets or furniture – cats need to scratch but they can be taught only to scratch their own ‘scratch posts’ rather than your expensive sofa. Also, scratching can become obsessive and compulsive which is unhealthy and should be resolved.
- Aggression – some cats can be aggressive towards people, children or other pets in the household. Although they are small animals, aggressive cats can be extremely dangerous and this issue should be taken very seriously, especially where children or other pets are concerned.
- Chewing – cats can sometimes develop strange habits of chewing on clothing, blankets, cushions or particular types of plastics.
- Straying / Moving house – If your cat is constantly straying away from home or has difficulty adjusting to a house move then it is a good idea to get expert help to prevent or resolve this issue.
These would be considered the most common cat behavioural problems but there are others so do not hesitate to call if your problem does not appear on this list. Cats are extremely sensitive animals and always need to feel secure if they are to be truly happy and contented. Most behavioural problems in cats are related to issues surrounding security and trust and as such it will always be essential for me to see your cat’s living environment in order for me to teach you how to resolve your problems. For this reason Feline Behaviour Counselling sessions must take place in your home.
Sessions would normally last around 2 hours and cost £95*. For this you will receive your home visit plus your behaviour modification plan (your blueprint for change) which is specific to your situation and issues. You will also receive one free follow-up visit (if required) and for the next 12 months future follow-up visits can be booked at a heavily discounted rate. In addition, behavioural advice over the phone will be free for the rest of your cat’s life.
*A nominal mileage charge will apply to appointments over 20 miles away.
TPE Training & Behaviour Ltd, Corscombe, Dorset.