Services

Due to Covid, I'm currently only doing remote consultations until further notice. However, remote consultations are just another way I can help you and your cats. With your detailed information, videos and your feedback, they can be just as effective in most cases. So, please feel free to contact me if you'd like help.  

I understand, behavioural issues can be very frustrating! From first hand experience, I know all too well that kittens and cats can sometimes push the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

 

Some of the common behavioural issues that I can help with include, but are not limited to:

 

* Litter tray / toileting issues

* All types of aggression (towards other cats, animals, or humans)

* Relationships between household cats / animals

* Grief - loss of a feline / canine friend or another member of your household

* Inappropriate / destructive scratching of furniture / carpet and alike

* Moving house / changes in household

* Sleep routines - your cat keeping you up all night or waking you up at the crack of dawn

* Anxious / fearful / timid cats

* Preparing for and introducing your cat(s) to a new family member (baby, cat, dog, partner etc)

* Issues around food

* Increased vocalisation

* Attention-seeking behaviours

* Compulsive behaviours (over-grooming, licking and alike)

 

If you already live with a cat, you probably know that cats don't like change all that much! In my experience, it makes a huge difference for everyone if you prepare your cat for the arrival of a new member of your family or household before introducing them. First impressions and introductions are the basis for a good relationship, so I am happy to work with you before, during and after the arrival, using evidence based techniques and strategies. 

 

Prior to your first consultation, I will send you a comprehensive behavioural assessment form which will help me understand the behavioural issues that your cat is experiencing and give me an overall picture of your cat and their environment. Please note that it is essential that your cat is checked by a veterinarian before our first consultation to ensure there are no underlying medical issues contributing to the behavioural issue. However, even if the behavioural issue your cat is experiencing is due to a medical issue, it can sometimes become habitual, so your cat may still need behavioural help.  

 

I also offer cat training, play techniques, help to improve your cat's environment and animal feeding while you are away....details below. Please feel free to contact me for more information (pensioner rates available).

Terms and conditions for all services

** Rates for all services are subject to change without notice and new rates will apply at time of booking unless your consultation is already booked and confirmed **

** Payments for remote consultations are to be paid in full prior to the consultation **

** Payments for remote consultations are fully refundable up until 24 hours prior to the consultation date. If cancelled within this 24 hour period, there is a $20 cancellation fee to cover work already done in preparation for the consultation **

Litter box issues?
In-home consultations (currently on hold due to Covid-19)

In-home consultations help me to see how your cat behaves in their own environment and has the added benefit of keeping the stress levels of your cat at a minimum by not having to be driven anywhere. I understand some cats aren't fans of having a stranger in their home and this will all be taken into consideration when I come over so as to not stress your cat(s). The initial consultation usually takes around 1.5 - 2 hours. During the consultation, we will talk further about the behavioural issue(s) you need help with and I will do a real-time behavioural assessment of your cat(s) to further understand their temperament and personality and also look at their environment and resources. We will then look at techniques and strategies to implement to help with the behavioural issue(s), discuss environmental enrichment and I will help you see the world through the eyes of your cat. Depending on the number of issues, the issue itself and it's severity, you may need a follow up consultation(s).  Follow up consultations are conducted remotely (unless local to Peakhurst Heights).  

 

Initial 1.5 - 2 hour in-home consultation is $200 and includes: 

* Preparation work prior to the consultation

* Detailed consultation summary which includes behaviour modification and management plan via email

* Two weeks of unlimited email support and then once a week email check in for an additional two weeks to monitor progress and answer queries.

 

If needed, follow-up remote telephone consultations are $90 for one hour or $45 for 30 minutes (detailed behaviour modification and management plan via email and one week of unlimited email support). 

Service areas include Sydney and surrounds, South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle. Reasonable travel fees may apply. 

 

Weekend surcharge $15. Public holiday surcharge of $20.

Remote consultations 

Remote consultations via telephone are available if preferred or for people living outside of the areas that I travel to regularly (service areas include Sydney and surrounds, South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle).  A remote consultation can also be beneficial if your cat is very fearful of people coming into their territory. 

Initial one hour, 15 minute consultation is $135 and includes:

* Preparation work prior to the consultation (reviewing / assessing videos of your cat(s) and alike)

* Detailed consultation summary which includes behaviour modification and management plan via email

* Two weeks of unlimited email support.

A 30 minute follow up consultation may be required, depending on severity of issue or number of issues.  Follow-up remote telephone consultations are $90 for one hour or $45 for 30 minutes (include detailed behaviour modification and management plan via email and one week of unlimited email support). 

 

Weekend surcharge $15. Public holiday surcharge of $20.

In-home package option

The in-home package option includes the initial in-home consultation process which takes approx 2 hours, along with unlimited remote access for 1.5 months after the in-home consultation. The package follows the same process as the in-home consultation in terms of what happens at the consultation.

 

The in-home package price is $395 and includes:

 

* Preparation work prior to the consultation

* Detailed behaviour modification and management plan via email

* Unlimited remote follow up via telephone and emails for 1.5 months after the date of the consultation.

If needed, follow-up remote telephone consultations are $90 for one hour or $45 for 30 minutes (detailed behaviour modification and management plan via email and one week of unlimited email support)

Service areas include Sydney and surrounds, South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle. Reasonable travel fees may apply.

Weekend surcharge $15. Public holiday surcharge of $20.

 

It is important to note that no animal behaviourist can guarantee to solve a behavioural issue. The severity and length of time a behaviour has been occurring are also factors that influence an outcome. However, with your love, commitment, patience (a lot can depend on our behaviours as well!), and by using positive association and reinforcement techniques and strategies specifically for your cat, it is usually possible to at least manage, if not improve or resolve behaviours.

Cat traning
Cat / kitten training & creating a cat wonderland

Kittens are usually able to be adopted around 10-12 weeks of age. This is an ideal time for them to be shown how to use kitty litter (if not already using litter), start a grooming and body check routine, learn their name, discourage furniture scratching, have fun playing and learning games, as well as general socialisation with humans. So, if you have adopted a cat or kitten and would like some help with your new furry bundle of joy to help avoid any behavioural issues from beginning, I am more than happy to assist you. This cat / kitten training consultation is general and is only recommended if you do not have any specific behavioural issues and / or you would like advice on how to enrich the physical environment for your cat / kitten.

Contrary to popular belief that only dogs can be trained, I firmly believe that cats can also be trained. We just need to adapt the training and make sure that it is done in a way that appeals to your cat. By using classical and operant conditioning, cats can be taught to come when called, sit, stay and ride happily in the cat carrier. The more adventurous and confident cats can be shown the wonders of going for a walk on a harness. Some cats even enjoy the challenge of being taught tricks as it mentally and physically stimulates them. Clicker training is a geat tool to help with behavioural issues as well as also offering mental stimulation - e.g. learning to sit, high-five, etc.

 

Cats who are bored will often start to display inappropriate behaviours, so it is important to keep your cats' environment enriched and stimulating (especially for indoor cats). Often, this can be done by the use of furniture and toys - I would love to help you make your home more cat friendly and show you some games and play techniques so you have a happy kitty!  

 

Initial in-home one hour consultation $100 - includes preparation work prior to the consult and a detailed summary of consultation / management plan via email and two weeks unlimited emails to monitor progress.

Follow-up remote consultations $90 for 1 hour or $45 for 30 minutes. 

Reasonable travel fees may apply.

Weekend surcharge $15. Public holiday surcharge of $20.

Cat feeding service
Cat feeding / playtime / cuddles while you are away

What do you do when you want to take that well deserved break but can't take your cat or animals with you? Contact me! I will come over and feed your animals and spend some time with them so they can stay in the comfort of their own home and you can have peace of mind that they are safe, happy and well!

 

* Once a day feed / water, change kitty litter and bring in mail / bins $25 per day

* Once a day feed / water, change kitty litter and bring in mail / bins water garden, with added time for playtime and cuddles $35 per day (approx 30 mins)

* Twice a day feed / water, change kitty litter and bring in mail / bins, water garden with added time for playtime and cuddles $55 per day (approx 30 - 40 mins)

* Administer basic medications additional $5 per day

 

Feeding services within local area only (What's Up PussyCat? is based in Peakhurst Heights, Sydney). Reasonable travel fees and public holiday surcharge may apply. Rates are based on a maximum of two animals, with you providing food and equipment. Additional animals are $5 per day per animal. Additional tasks available (i.e clean enclosures / backyard etc for dogs) - rates available on request. Discounts may be given for regular bookings or bookings for a long period of time. Public holidays incur a surcharge of $20 p/d.