Feline Behavioural Help
Does your Cat:
We can help! Yes, cats CAN be trained! Moreover, their behaviour can be greatly improved!
Feline behavioural issues can be complex, however with the right knowledge and expertise these issues can be overcome. Behavioural problems cats exhibit can include aggression, destructiveness, nervousness, self-mutilation, inappropriate elimination, to name a few. It's tempting to put up with problem behaviour in the hope it will get better. It usually doesn't. In fact the longer behavioural problems are left to continue, the more entrenched they tend to become.
Problem behaviour can lead to your cat being unhappy, as well as making life miserable for you. So it's important you tackle it with kind but effective methods as soon as possible.
Cat Behavioural Consultation - How it works
Step 1 - vet referral
The first step is to download a referral form and ask your vet to make sure there are no physical or medical reasons for your pet’s behaviour. After this check, your vet can refer your pet to me. If you have any questions about vet referrals, please contact me.
Step 2 - questionnaire
While you're waiting for your vet to complete the referral form, please complete the online cat behaviour questionnaire. You’ll need to send this to me, with the vet referral form, before the consultation so I have an understanding of the problems you're having.
Step 3 - consultation
The behaviour consultation will be carried out in your home, so that your pet can be seen in their own environment.
This duration of the consultation is 1.5-2 hours. During this time detailed notes about your pet's history will be taken. The problem behaviour will be identified and we will be able to give an explanation on what has caused the problem behaviour, and give advice on how to change the behaviour.
Step 4 - written report
After your consultation, you will receive a comprehensive written report detailing the behaviour modification programme for you to follow with pet.
Step 5 - follow-up support
A 1 hour follow up support call by phone or zoom or email is provided within 4 weeks after the initial consultation.
Unfortunately, there are rarely quick-fixes to improving behavioural problems in pets. It takes patience and consistency, but it can be done and I'll support you through it. In many cases it may be necessary to visit you again or provide additional training (please see below for fee details).
A feline behavioural consultation is £210. This includes the consultation at your home, the written report and a 1-hour follow-up phone/ zoom call within 4 weeks after the initial consultation. Additional telephone follow-ups are £50 per hour, or in-person visits are £80 per hour.
Clients that have their pet insured may wish to check their policy, as many pet insurance companies will cover a partial/ full cost of a Behavioural Consultation with Michelle, due to her qualifications. Most claim forms need not be signed by the referring veterinary surgeon.