Services

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 behavioural issues that I can help with include, but are not limited to:

 

* Litter box / toileting issues

* Aggression

* Relationships between household cats / animals

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

* Furniture scratching

* Moving house / changes in household

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

* Anxious / timid cats

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

 

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 tried and tested introduction techniques. 

 

Prior to your first consultation, I will send you an assessment form which will help me understand your cat's behavioural issue 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).

In-home consultations

In-home consultations help me to see how your cat behaves in their own environment and has the added benefit of keeping your cat's stress levels at a minimum by not having to be driven anywhere. The initial consultation usually takes around 1.5 - 2 hours and depending on the issue and severity, your cat may need follow up sessions (usually between 1 - 2 follow up sessions).  Consultations can also be via Skype or phone if further away, and are usually just the cost of the follow up consultation $70.

 

Initial consultation $140 (includes summary checklist of consultation via email)

Follow-up consultations $75 (per one hour session)

Reasonable travel fees may apply. Weekend surcharge $10. Public holiday surcharge of $15.

 

Consultation fee includes follow up email to monitor progress.

 

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 / 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 kitten and would like some help with your new furry bundle of joy, 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.

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 consultation $75 (one hour)

Follow-up consultations $60 (per one hour session)

Reasonable travel fees may apply. Weekend surcharge $10. Public holiday surcharge of $15.

 

Consultation fee includes follow up email to monitor progress.

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 $15 p/d. 

Tel: 0415 525 139

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