I have always had a love and passion for animals and nature. After having the privilege of working for an environmental charity for 13 years, in 2015 I had the opportunity to concentrate on and start working with my other passion - animals, and in particular cats. This led me to start my formal study of cat psychology and training and I also began volunteering at an animal shelter each week. Whilst at the shelter working with the cats, it upset me to find out that a lot of cats are surrendered due to behavioural issues that I believe could have been managed, or possibly even resolved, if cat guardians were aware there was help available - and so began What's Up PussyCat?
Since starting What's Up PussyCat in 2015, I have spent thousands of hours helping cats with behavioural issues. My aim is to help you see the world through the eyes of your cat and to help you understand why your cat is behaving a certain way, so we can work together to develop techniques and strategies to help manage that behaviour.
By assessing your cat and their environment and with your background information, it gives me insight on an issue so we can start a plan on how best to address and manage the next steps and a long term plan. Of course your feedback is vital so we can set a plan being mindful of the individual needs and preferences of your cat(s) and that also works for you, so we can get the best possible result. All cats are different and it is not one size fits all when it comes to how we go about addressing a behavioural issue. However, in my experience, the use of operant conditioning (i.e. positive association and positive reinforcement, always force-free) is always the best principle and gets the best results.
Since June 2013 I have also been able to help Australian wildlife as a volunteer rescuer / carer and Possum / Small Mammal Coordinator for a wildlife charity. During this time, I have had the amazing experience of helping rehabilitate wildlife so they can be released back into their natural habitat. Of course, some rescues are heartbreaking as sadly the animals can't be saved. However, I try to focus on the positive that I am at least helping animals so they do not suffer any longer than necessary, and try to keep the many successful rescues and releases top of mind.
I live with my partner and our four gorgeous cats, Karma, Star, Amber and Onyx. Our cats all found their way into our hearts and home in different ways - Karma was found on the street at approx 6 weeks old and taken to our vet. Our vet rang us as we had recently had to say goodbye to our beautiful boy, Tetu. We weren't looking to adopt anyone at the time, but we decided to meet Karma and we fell in love! Star was rescued from under a car bonnet in the middle of winter by firies at approx 6 weeks old (6 weeks younger than Karma) and also taken to our vet who contacted us. Needless to say, we also fell in love with Star and she came home with us! Lastly, we adopted Amber and Onyx about 1.5 years ago when I saw their post online by their foster carer asking if anyone could give them a loving home - it just seemed right, so we went and met them and of course fell in love with them too! Sadly, Amber and Onyx had a rough start to life too. Their guardian had let their mum roam outside and she got pregnant, had kittens and they all basically lived on the streets and were very unwell. At around 3 months old, they all went into foster care and their mum and brother were adopted quickly. Amber and Onyx lived with their lovely foster carer for 7 months before they found their way to us - seems they were meant to be with us. They all are - I love happy endings!
As you can tell, animals are a huge and important part of my life and I would love to help you and your cat(s) work through any issues, so you can live happily and harmoniously together!
Regina & Star
Cats, people and other animals all living happily and harmoniously together in their homes.
To help people and cats with cat behavioural issues by affordable means, so that cats are not surrendered to shelters or rehomed.
* Love, kindness and respect
* Compassion and empathy
* Education and support
Certificates held: Cat Psychology & Training, Natural Health Care for Animals and certificates for various subjects on cat behaviour and training from The Pet Professional Guild.
Currently studying Advanced Feline Behaviour - Diploma.
I also keep up to date with new studies and research on cat behaviour through webinars, articles and alike, via reputable sources.
Feline Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA), student member of International Society of Animal Professionals (ISAP) and supporting member of International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).