Behavioral Services

I am pleased to announce that I now offer professional help with feline behavioral challenges. In addition to my years of personal and professional experience, I have also studied feline behavior at the Animal Behavior Institute.

During 15 years as a cat sitter, I’ve dealt with pretty much every situation you could imagine. Sometimes cats and their guardians struggle with behavioral problems, which can be very stressful for both parties. In many cases, the cat’s behavior is mistakenly assumed to be vindictive or angry. As much as we like to imagine our own human emotions in our cats, this simply isn’t the case. Something has gone wrong in the cat’s world, and these behaviors are a cat’s natural reaction.

It gives me great personal fulfillment to see a cat and their owner both realize a massive sense of relief when these issues are resolved. I adore cats and want to see them as happy as they can be. Sometimes it’s heartbreaking to watch a cat and its owner struggle to figure things out, and I know firsthand how hard this struggle can be.

Life Events:
Managing Major Changes Preparing you and your cat for stressful life events before they happen will prevent behavioral problems from surfacing later on. Together, you will learn how to deal with these events the correct way before they cause issues. I can help you with Life Events such as:
  • Moving
  • New baby
  • New roommate
  • Remodeling stress
  • New furniture in home
  • Introducing a new cat
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Behavioral Challenges: Managing Ongoing Issues
If your kitty is displaying much more serious behavioral problems, don’t give up! I can help with these, too. It’s very challenging for both you and your cat but there are things we can do to make the situation better for everyone. I can help you with Behavioral Challenges such as:
  • Over-grooming
  • Excessive vocalizations
  • Furniture scratching
  • Elimination in inappropriate areas
  • Aggression
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Kitten Socialization: Managing relationships with your new kitty
A new kitten is about as fun as it gets; everybody loves playing with kittens! More than most people realize, this early part of a cat’s life plays a crucial role in later development. If a kitten is not socialized properly it can spell disaster for the cat later on. You will learn exactly what to do and what not to do with kittens so they end up being happy, well adjusted, loving cats who will enjoy your company for the rest of their lives.

Clicker Training: Managing your ongoing relationship with your cat
Clicker training is an incredibly effective tool that can help with some of the problems listed above. While it can also be extremely entertaining to teach your cat how to “High Five,” there’s a more serious and more rewarding aspect to the training. You will learn methods and the behavioral science behind them, so that you, in turn, can confidently host daily clicker training sessions with your cat and bring your relationship to a new level.

To learn more about how we can work together to address concerns or simply improve your relationship with your cat, email heather@purrsonalcatsitting.com to set up a consultation.
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