Replacing your favorite chair: $400. Replacing your favorite rug: $800. Getting advice from an experienced cat behaviorist: Priceless.
Call or email me to schedule a time to discuss a solution. There’s no need for the huge expense of replacing your carpets, rugs, or furniture. I help cats (and their humans) internationally, and I can help you.
Indications of the Problem
He’s “thinking outside the box” all right—you can smell it (stronger than the usual urine smell) and see it (on surfaces like baseboards and curtains). Perhaps you’ve seen your cat’s quivering tail, as he stands and sprays, with back feet treading, emitting a jet vertically against a wall or other objects. He’s marking his territory, not eliminating, which is urinating (horizontal, in puddles or drops). Marking/spraying accounts for about 40% of problem behavior cases in cats.
By marking/spraying, your fur-child is “instant messaging” other cats in the house, or those visiting from outside the home, that “This Land is My Land” refrain. Real territorial insecurity here. Spraying IS saying it. Once spraying happens inside your home, there’s often a learned association between spraying and certain areas, which then become fixed branding posts.
After ruling out any possible medical problems, the first step is to neuter or spay your cat. However, if s/he continues to spray, we need to identify social or environmental triggers and then limit Noodles’ exposure and reaction to them. This often means household changes and behavior modification.
As a professionally-trained, specifically cat behaviorist with 37 years of experience, I also manage other problems and fears; the aging cat, the feral cat and the stray cat can present special challenges of their own. These are the types of issues that require the skills of an experienced cat behaviorist.
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***Regarding the COVID virus:
I do home visits if you are vaccinated (as I am), but happy to do phone consults, if you prefer. We can ‘video conference’ (via Skype, FaceTime, Messenger, etc.) where we’ll discuss the problem, observe cat’s behavior live or video, and then we can work out a plan.
Initial Telephone Chat: Complementary (Contact to Book) Let’s discuss the issues.
Short Consultation (30+ mins): $85
After initial consultation (the more information I have, the better I can help), we can discuss certain problems that may not need a longer consultation.
In-Depth Consultation (60 mins): $175
This includes in-depth questioning during a one-hour telephone call, and email follow-up report, with recommendations. Telephone follow-up is included. Especially useful for national and international consults.
In-Home Consultation: $375
This includes extensive questioning by telephone, a one- to two-hour visit to your home for in-depth discussion and observation of your cat’s environment, and e-mail/phone follow-up with further recommendations. If needed, a follow-up visit is included.