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Behavioural Help for Cats

Is your cat a Jekyll and Hyde character?  Is your cat’s litter tray use a bit hit and miss? Or is your cat frightened of the neighbourhood bully?  Are you so busy that you never seem to find time to do anything about it?

Feline behaviour problems are more common than you might imagine.  Problem behaviour can take even the most diligent pet owners by surprise and is often the result of an unfortunate series of events, or a simple misunderstanding of cat behaviour and environmental requirements.

I can help.

I provide a non-judgemental approach and up to date, bespoke behaviour treatment programmes, designed to achieve positive behaviour change.  Using proven, welfare friendly strategies, I will support you every step of the way, so that you feel empowered and begin to enjoy life with your cat again.

Help is available for:

  • Aggressive behaviour between cats
  • Aggressive responses to humans
  • Fears and anxiety
  • Toileting or spraying indoors
 
  • Unwanted scratching indoors
  • Abnormal or repetitive behaiour
  • Over grooming
  • Pica (eating non-food items)

Why Choose Me?

  • I am a fully qualified and accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourist (see the About Me page for more details)
  • I am recommended by vet practices across Hertfordshire and North London
  • Most clients can claim for my fees on their pet insurance (please check with your insurer before booking)
  • I work with a limited number of clients at any one time, ensuring focussed and bespoke support
  • My behaviour treatment programmes are designed to give the best chance of success via intensive, targeted and supported coaching

How Does it Work?

Step 1 – Information Gathering

When you get in touch, we will ask you to provide a history of the problems you are having and information about your cat’s history and current lifestyle.  We will also provide a referral form for your vet to complete.  Once we have the information, we will book a time for your initial consultation and will ask for a deposit to hold the date.  One important step nearer to getting help.

Step 2 – Initial Consultation

I will visit you at your home, assess your cat’s behaviour and explain why the specific behaviours of concern have developed.  We will decide upon our aims and goals for treatment and agree upon a behaviour treatment package most likely to achieve the best outcome.  The type and length of package will be dictated by the behaviour problem itself – I will recommend the package most likely to be successful (more details below).

I will provide you with any essential management strategies to implement straight away.  The fees for your chosen package will be payable at the consult by cash, cheque or BACS.  You and the referring vet will receive a written behaviour assessment for your cat within the next 3 days.

Step 3 – Behaviour Treatment

We will work together for the duration of your package using;

  • Regular telephone updates or face to face practical skills coaching sessions if needed
  • Intensive remote support via your own online treatment diary, ensuring that you and your cat are making progress in the right direction, and that you feel confident and supported
  • Supporting materials in the form of videos or written handouts as needed, in a private online resource area
  • Liaison with the referring vet as needed for cats requiring medication or with pre-existing medical conditions
     

Step 4 – Behaviour Change

When problem behaviour begins to change, it is a huge relief!  My aim is to work with you to improve your cat’s behaviour as efficiently as possible, using intensive, supported coaching, but considering your cat’s welfare every step of the way.  There are no magic wands and no quick fixes - reward based, ethologically appropriate behaviour treatment is proven to give long term positive change, without hurting or frightening your cat.

What Does it Cost?

Fees for one off private consulting and training sessions are £80 per hour.  We recognise that a package of behavioural treatment is a significant financial commitment however, and this is reflected in a reduced rate for pre-paid behaviour packages.

Standard Remote Support Behaviour Package – 4 weeks - £300

Suitable for issues requiring simple environmental changes.  For example, recent onset indoor toileting or unwanted scratching (extended remote support may be needed for more severe problems).  The Standard Remote Support package includes;

  • Initial 2-hour consultation at your home
  • Written behaviour assessment and management plan
  • Copy report to your referring vet
  • One 30-minute follow up telephone call
  • Twice weekly online training/management check-ins for 4 weeks to ensure progress
  • Access to useful handouts and videos in your own online resource area

Premium Remote Support Behaviour Package – 8 weeks - £400

Suitable for some mild or recent onset behavioural issues requiring more extensive environmental adaptation, and/or training of new behaviours.  For example long standing issues with indoor toileting, or recent onset fighting between two or more cats in the house (subject to my assessment of your cat at the consult).  The Premium Remote Support package includes;

  • Initial 2-hour consultation at your home
  • Written behaviour assessment and management plan
  • Copy report to your referring vet
  • Three 30-minute follow up telephone calls
  • Twice weekly online training/management check-ins for 8 weeks to ensure progress
  • Access to useful handouts and videos in your own online resource area

Super Remote Support Behaviour Package – 12 weeks - £500

This package provides extra support for more established issues, requiring more extensive environmental adaptation and /or training of new behaviours, or for those cases where your vet has prescribed medication to support the treatment plan.  For example, long standing abnormal repetitive behaviours, pica, fighting between two or more cats in the house, or aggressive responses to humans (subject to my assessment of your cat at the consult).  The Super Remote Support package includes;

  • Initial 2-hour consultation at your home
  • Written behaviour assessment and management plan
  • Copy report to your referring vet
  • Five 30-minute follow up telephone calls
  • Twice weekly online training/management check-ins for 12 weeks to ensure progress
  • Access to useful handouts and videos in your own online resource area

Bespoke Behaviour Packages - POA

The pre-set packages are based on our experience of working with a wide range of clients and behavioural issues.  However, every cat is unique and if none of the packages are quite right, we will create a bespoke package which is a better fit.  For example, you may not feel confident with re-introducing your two cats after a separation and want more practical help with this, or you may want the reassurance of the remote support for a few more months.


Testimonials

Teresa and Chloe
“Helen helped us when we lost Niven, one of our 2 cats, leaving behind Chloe, aged 18.  Chloe was showing signs of distress and had started to toilet outside her litter tray and to yowl loudly at night.  With her caring and intuitive approach Helen helped us to make Chloe feel safe and relaxed again and she is now using her litter tray again.  Helen’s perspective on Chloe’s change of behaviour has enabled us to help Chloe settle into her new ‘single’ life and she is now very happy and most contented.”

 
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Laura, Tiny and Tim
“I acquired Tiny & Tim, 2 brothers, from a rescue shelter at about 15 months, they were extremely timid and would not come into the same room as me.  Helen’s advice was invaluable and her strategies for helping them to feel safe, as well as time and patience, has meant they are finally able to feel confident enough to join me in the same room and sleep on my bed at night.”