Many people simply 'put up' with behavioural issues in cats, thinking that nothing can be done.
Cats can suffer from as many behaviour problems as dogs, for instance fears & phobias, toileting issues, overgrooming or aggression problems. We can help you overcome these problems.
Stress is a major factor in behaviour problems in cats. Stress can result in overgrooming, inappropriate toileting and aggression towards people or other cats. A lot of our behaviour modification programmes involve managing the environment our cats live in to reduce the stress of living in a multi cat neighbourhood / house. As stress can cause or exacerbate a range of medical conditions in cats, we insist on working only on veterinary referral.
Cats can also suffer from fears & phobias, undersocialisation and become frustrated if their needs are not fully met. All our techniques are force-free and reward based, just as they are when we treat dogs with behavioural or training issues. Cats are often thought to be untrainable, but this is not the case, they simply need the right motivation and species specific techniques.
Our cat behaviour consultations always take place in your own home to ensure that we see your cat in his/her normal environment. We will ask that you provide a vet referral and fill in a questionnaire before we come to see you (usually for around 2 hours). After the consultation you'll receive a full written report email/phone support for 12 weeks. The pacakge price is £180, with additional support after the first 12 weeks at just £20 per month for phone & email support* and addtional visits to your home at £40 per hour.
Our behaviour counsellor Jenny has an MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling from Southampton University as well as many years experience in the animal industry. Jenny founded Bells and Whistles in 2009 after leaving the RSPCA. It is important to be sure that the behaviourist you are seeing is qualified to help you, as at present the industry is not regulated and many 'behaviour counsellors' have done nothing more than a weekend course (or worse no qualifications at all). Please feel free to ask about Jenny's qualifications & experience if you have any worries.
Please note, we do not charge extra for multicat households, but we have found that consultations in homes with several cats often take more than 2 hours and you are more likely to need at least one follow up visit.
For further information or to book please call or email us using the details above.
We may charge mileage for home consultations depending on your location
*£20 per month when bought consecutively from the end of the 12 week package.