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Is your cat in need of a behaviourist?

Is your cat in need of a behaviourist?

Cats has been providing us with companionship throughout the ages. However, most of their instincts are still intact, to the same extent as in their wild cousins’. In fact, some of our pets’ behaviour may remain a mystery, even during a long-time relationship.

At some point, all of us, pet owners, experienced difficulties with understanding the behaviour of our four-legged friends. Just like us, cats and dogs may display a variety of reactions for difficult situations or traumas. Being unaware or having no understanding for the background of our cat’s behaviour may make living under the same roof truly distressing experience. Luckily, a cat behaviourist may come to our rescue.

With their vast experience and understanding of animal behaviour, they provide help in dealing with our cats’ problems and may give us an insight into their mysterious psyche.

Who is a cat behaviourist?

A main task of cat behaviourist is discovering the reason of our cat’s difficult behaviour and developing a strategy to solve the problem. Receiving this specialist insight can be a life-altering moment for us and our pets. Working with a behaviourist is useful not only for a troubled pet and their owner – it may also help to prevent getting into trouble in the first place. Understanding our cats and their character – that is what we can learn from a cat behaviourist to avoid any future difficulties.

How does the work of cat behaviourist look like?

First of all, before making an appointment at the behaviourist, we need to make sure the reason for our pet’s behaviour does not lie in a physical illness. Especially, if the symptoms occur suddenly. Only after a thorough medical examination provided by a veterinarian, we can start looking for help elsewhere.

During the appointment cat behaviourist will start from asking us about our pet’s everyday life and our shared living conditions. Trying to make it seem better than it really is will not help you, or your cat – omitting even the smallest detail may diminish the impact of any therapy. Behaviourist must also pay you a visit, to take a closer look at the environment and our cat’s behaviour at home. If it’s possible, you should make a video of the behaviour you are worried about. Behaviourist will apply their expert knowledge to analyse the situation, discover the underlying cause of difficulties and advise you on the changes to be made or develop a training programme.

When help of a cat behaviourist is necessary?

Truth to be told, a behaviourist is of help anytime we need and want to understand our cat. If we were to make a list of cases where help of a cat behaviourist may turn out invaluable, it would be a truly long one. As for cats, the most common problem is usually litter box training. Just as often a cause for concern is aggressive behaviour towards the owners or between pets. Reasons for stress may involve moving out of the house, adopting a new pet or a new family member being born. Put simply, every revolution in the everyday life of a household. If a cat becomes aggressive, or – on the contrary, displays wariness and anxiety, it may suggest that the change had a strong influence on their life.

A cat behaviourist can not only solve the problem but also give you quite a few useful pointers. Their help may shed some light on seemingly weird behaviour of a cat. We need to remember that our cats need to have some fun, physical activity and human contact. Recognizing and understanding our cat’s behaviour and body language is our duty as their owners and as their friends.

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