Cat Behaviour Consultations

 How do I know whether a consultation is necessary?

If you’ve asked yourself any of these questions recently, it might be a good idea to book a consultation!

  • Why does my cat hide away from me?
  • Is my cat the neighborhood bully?
  • Why is my cat being bullied?
  • How do I get my cat and dog to get along?
  • How do I introduce my cat to my new baby / partner / other family member?
  • Why are my cats fighting?
  • How do I stop my cat from ruining my furniture?
  • Why is my kitty urinating all over the house?
  • How can I stop my cat from overeating?
  • How do I safely move my kitty to a new house?
  • I got a new kitten, now what?

These are just some of the many questions that come up and that might prompt you to call a behaviourist.

How does it work?

If we decide that a behaviour consultation is needed, the first thing you will need to do is fill out a consultation form which gives me a lot of information about your cat’s history and day-to-day habits. Depending on the issue, It may be necessary to have kitty checked out by a veterinarian to rule out any potential medical reasons for the behavioural problem. We can then work out a mutually convenient time for a consultation. Depending on what the problem is, I might ask that you try to capture the problem on video beforehand.

As a COAPE qualified behaviourist, I apply the EMRA and ESTA approach for behavioural problems.

EMRA stands for Emotional, Mood State and Reinforcement Analysis which, put simply:

  • analyses how your pet feels on a day to day basis – are they fully content with life?
  • determines how your pet feels when the problematic situation arises and
  • looks at why your pet is continuing to perform the problematic behaviour

This means that each cat’s unique personality, lifestyle and habits are taken into account when preparing a behaviour modification plan. Likewise, the plan also needs to fit into the pet owner’s capacity and time, since buy in from the owner is the most significant driver of success. This plan will be emailed to you within a week of the consultation and provide clear advice and instruction on how to proceed. I provide telephonic and email support throughout the whole process. The closer we are able to follow the plan, the greater the chances of changing the behaviour.

The Kitty Code does not make use of aversive methods and I focus instead on using positive methods such as elevating the overall mood state of the cat and correcting negative associations with certain stimuli.

Cost

Initial consultation: R 650

Please make yourself available for 2 hours for the initial consultation. If there are other family members that are particularly attached or involved in Kitty’s day-to-day, please try and have them at home too.

Follow up (if necessary): R 350

 

  • Behaviour consultations are covered by MediPet insurance. (R2000 life cover per pet)
  • Upfront payment is required
  • AA rates will apply to consultations outside of a 15 km radius from Fourways