Cat Behavior Consultation
Are you concerned about or overwhelmed by your cat’s behavior? Do you see all the dog trainers advertising, but don’t know how to find a qualified professional to help with your cat?
We have cat behavior problem experts!
Is your cat:
- Anxious or fearful?
- Not using the litter box?
- Unable to get along with another cat in the home?
- Not adjusting well to changes in the environment?
Our cat behavior experts are here to help you! We have proven successes with all types of cat behavior issues. Whether your cat is: aggressive to you or another cat in the home; displays their stress by spraying or not using the litter box; cries or wakes you during the night; or scratches and destroys furniture – we have the skills needed to help you and your cat.
We work with specialized veterinarians who focus on vet behavior and can partner with your cat’s veterinarian to best help your cat.
What do your services include?
- Expertise to quickly identify what is driving your cat’s behavior
- Clear recommendations on how to improve your cat’s behavior
- Set you and your cat up for success with management and environmental changes
- Change how your cat feels about upsetting, scary or overwhelming situations
- Train your cat (Yes! Cats can be trained) what to do instead of the unwanted behavior
- ollow-up support and services to help you succeed
Can you help with aggression and biting?
Yes. Aggressive behavior can be a result of fear or territorial issues. We’ll create a plan to keep everyone safe while improving the behavior through a variety of specific recommendations. And we’ll teach you how to train what you’d like your cat to do instead. Biting when handled, aggression toward people or other pets, lack-of-recognition-aggression following a change or trauma – these are all common problems we have experience and success with.
How can you help my fearful and anxious cat?
We use well researched and proven methods that help your cat learn to relax and feel better about the things and situations that are frightening them. You will learn how to read your cat’s body language to understand how they are feeling, and how to set your cat up to succeed. We’ll train you in a scientific process called counter-conditioning so you can slowly change the association your cat has with scary things. And we’ll show you training exercises to help teach your cat go-to behaviors to use when things get scary so they feel more confident. Stranger danger, fear of other animals, noise phobia, generalized fear and anxiety – we have the expertise to help.
What type of training methods do you use?
Research in animal behavior science shows that the best results and most humane techniques involve positive reinforcement, without physical punishment or intimidation. We adhere to the principle of using the least invasive, minimally aversive (LIMA) methods required while avoiding physical punishment. Think about it. How do you like to learn – with clear expectations and encouragement, or punishment when you don’t understand and make a mistake? Feeling safe and having a good connection with the people closest to you is key. That’s why we focus on helping cats feel safe and by rewarding behavior you like. See our training philosophy and values.
Don’t you need to be physically present to see our home and work with my cat? Why would I choose a virtual consultation?
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic when we all discovered the value of virtual meetings, it was clear that going into a cat’s home was often disruptive for the cat. Also, cat’s generally don’t travel well, so going to a facility for services was useless for most cats. Because cat behavior experts are much less available than dog trainers, virtual services have become the standard for cat behavior. The cats are happier without the disruption, and humans learn just as well virtually from a skilled trainer. And because in-person services add a travel fee, virtual appointments are more cost effective.
What services are available for cat behavior issues based in fear, anxiety or aggression?
We know that one size does not fit all, and offer three levels of Behavior Consultation. We can help you decide which level of service fits your needs and your budget. Email support is built into each level of service. Optional follow-up appointments are also available individually or in packages.
- Litter box problems
- Integrating new feline family members
- Household destruction
- Cat/cat aggression
- Human directed aggression
- Obsessive-compulsive disorders
Companion Animal Solutions is where you are in the Pacific Northwest
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