Mind the Cat is about getting the most out of our relationship with our cats. Often this involves ensuring their environment is optimised so they are emotionally content and your relationship can flourish.
As well as helping to resolve behaviour problems, the following services to help our cats get the most from their environment and help prevent the development of behaviour problems are available.
Visits can be arranged for the following:
- Enriching the environment
Helping to make the most of indoor and outdoor space.
Providing activities for independent play and making food more exciting.
- Kitten socialisation
A socialisation program for kittens still in the litter to help to ensure kittens develop into well rounded cats that will make loving pets.
Although the best time for socialisation is between 2-7 weeks of age, socialisation can still be beneficial after this period. If you are worried your kitten has not been properly socialised, I can help.
- Weight management
Your veterinary surgeon will be able to help you manage your cat's diet, but I can help advise behavioural measures that will help to keep your cat active and make food more exciting.
- Preparing for significant changes
Environmental changes such as moving home, the arrival of a new baby or partner or redecorating can have significant impact on your cat's wellbeing and behaviour. Making a few modifications before the changes happen and knowing how to accommodate your cat during and after the change, can help to reduce the impact on your cat.
- Introducing new pets
Cats are extremely territorial and the introduction of a new pet in their environment can be extremely stressful and lead to behaviour problems. A careful introduction of the new pet to your home will greatly help the cat to cope with the new addition.
- Managing stress elements of Feline Idiolathic Cystitis (FIC)
FIC is very common in cats and research has shown that stress can be a factor in its development. Your vet can help with the medical side and I can help with reducing general stressors in the environment and suggesting behavioural measures that will help to increase water intake. If there are serious stressors in the environment, a behavioural consultation will be more beneficial and suitable.
- Elderly cat environment
Elderly cats can often suffer from arthritis and other conditions that may limit their mobility. Behaviour modifications and advice can be given to help the cat negotiate the environment and access litter trays, food and beds with as little strain as possible (depending on the ailment).
Please note that although these services do not require a veterinary referral, I may need to consult your vet (with your permission) to ensure environmental interventions do not impact of any medical treatment.
These services are charged at £80 and involve a home visit to assess the environment and a written report on suggested modifications.
Please contact me to book an appointment.