Clinical Animal Behaviourist UK
Cat behaviour consultations / cat behaviour counsellor
Booking a home visit with a cat behaviourist
Anita has had a passion for cats her entire life and has been working with them every day for the past ten years.
Anita is a certified and vet referred cat behaviour counsellor (BA Hons, CIDBT/MCFBA) after studying feline psychology and cat behaviour with renowned cat specialist and biologist Roger Tabor. Anita is not an all round animal behaviourist but species specific. She has studied cats exclusively and knows their natural behaviours inside out. She is a full member of the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) and received a first class honours degree (work based) in Feline Behaviour and Psychology from Middlesex University. Click to Read more about the Canine And Feline Behaviour Association Of The UK. Middlesex University also awarded Anita The Gerry Fowler Prize for Achievement. As the animal behaviour profession is as yet unregulated it is imperative that cat owners seek a behaviourist with full accreditation. The CFBA is the professional voice of the pet behaviour practitioner, representing an unequalled body of knowledge concerning the care, training and behaviour of dogs and cats in the UK. Full members are drawn from the top ranks of the profession with a common commitment to achieving, maintaining and directing the highest possible standards **
Anita is the resident behaviour expert for stylish pet magazine Style Tails and is a regular featured author for the CFBA magazine and web site. She is also contacted on a regular basis to write featured articles for Your Cat magazine and sits on their expert panels board.
Anita’s objective has always been to gain the best understanding possible of everything feline, their origins, habits, patterns within their species, health, diet, breed personalities, needs connected to that breed – she wants to help change any problematic relationship between cat owners and their cats to harmonious. She has a particular leaning towards helping owners understand the needs of their indoor cats and, although not an advocate of keeping cats housebound, Anita will work hard towards getting the balance right in the home so that the cat has the happiest possible life indoors if the former is not an option.
Unwanted cat behaviours or feline problems could include:
1.Feline territorial aggression
2.Feline re-directed aggression
3.Feline OCD – compulsive disorders/Feline excessive grooming
4.Feline predatory aggression
5.Fouling around the home
9.Problems arising from confinement/in-door cat problems
10.Inter-cat relations/Multi-cat household tensions
11.Feline separation anxiety
12.Confidence building with shy anxious rescue cat
13. Aggression connected to grooming
Anita can also supply cat expertise for legal reports/documents and legal reviews for cat related disputes/cat welfare issues.
Cats have individual personalities and Anita would prefer, if possible, to meet your cat to understand and get to know them and also see them in their territory. It’s also important to see how your cat(s) interact with you as well as any other family members and other pets. Speaking face to face with each client and spending quality uninterrupted time is really important in understanding the whole picture especially in complex cases. Your cat will always need to have seen a vet, before a home visit takes place, so that any medical causes are addressed or eliminated. Anita works closely with your vet to ensure the best possible outcome is reached. email your request for a vet referral form.
STEPS TO TAKE REGARDING BOOKING A CAT BEHAVIOUR APPOINTMENT
- Email Anita with a brief outline of your issues not forgetting to include your postcode. You will then be guided as to whether Anita needs to hear from your vet (some consultations do not require vet referral although most do)
- Contact your vet and ask them you wish to be referred for a cat behaviour consultation. Your vet will book you your cat in for a medical first.
- Anita will then discuss options * with you and send over a fee sheet. Once you have chosen the option you prefer full payment is required. Once payment is received you will be sent an in-depth behaviour assessment form and a date booked in to visit your home.
- A full observatory assessment will be made and discussed with you.
- A full report is then written up along with a behaviour modification plan. This report is also sent to your vet. Anita may ask for medical reports from your vet.
- Cat behaviour fees can be claimed back via your pet insurance but please always call your chosen insurers to check first.
Home consultations typically last around 2 hours but you are not on a timer so may go over! Consultations come with 6 week follow up support via email. You may also chat to Anita at a mutually convenient time over the telephone. A further visit may be required for difficult cases but will be at a reduced rate.
* Home visit consultations are recommended in the majority of cases. Home visits give true value for money and are the difference between calling NHS Direct and seeing a specialist face to face in your home. There are so many factors to consider when dealing with any behaviours although, if distance is an issue with any client, consultations over the telephone, email or Skype will be considered. All cat behaviour consultations are thorough and continued support is always given.
Please Try to keep a journal of your cats behaviour as this kind of information is vital. Video clips on your iphone of the behaviour in action is extremely helpful also.
All enquiries are most welcome. Travel fees will apply.
Your problem becomes Anita’s problem too and she will leave no avenue unexplored to resolve the issues and to bring peace to your household and leave both you and your cat happy again.
You are not alone so please do get in touch.
* Accreditation and the CFBA
CODE OF ETHICS
Anita abides by the code of ethics as laid out by the CFBA. The CFBA is a member of The Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council of Great Britain.
The CFBA has strict regulations when membership is being sought. At least 20-30 working case studies have to be presented to them before full membership is granted. Interviews are then conducted with each practitioner. The CFBA only accepts practitioners who are species specific and not all round animal behaviourists. All members are experts in their chosen field.
For more about the membership requirements of the CFBA please click HERE
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