Behaviour problems

House soiling
Your cat is urinating and/or defecating outside the litter tray. Perhaps your cat uses the tray to defecate but urinates elsewhere.
You will need to see your vet first to rule out illness such as cystitis or kidney disease.
Only after your vet has declared your cat physically healthy can we look at other causes.

Urine spraying
Cats mark their territory and sometimes spray urine to do so. This behaviour is sometimes accompanied by inappropriate urination as well, but not necessarily.
If your cat has not been neutered then this is the first step to take. Talk to your vet about this as significant decrease in spraying after neutering is reported in around 90% of male cats and 95% of female cats.
If your cat has been neutered, take it to the vet to rule out an underlying disease such as cystitis.
Only after your vet has declared your cat physically healthy can we look at other causes.

Anxiety related problems
If your cat is suddenly hiding, fearful or nervous when it was a happy, outgoing cat before then take your cat to a vet first. Such a dramatic change in behaviour could be assign your cat is ill.
Sometimes cats become nervous or fearful after a change in their environment. Perhaps something changed in your family. Did someone move in or out of the home? Did you get a new pet? Did you have a baby or adopt a child? Did you move home? Etc.
These, and other, things can cause your cat to feel unsafe. In some cases I can help you via video consultation and in others a home visit consultation is best. This depends on your specific circumstances.

Stress related problems
Stress can cause cats to become physically ill or experience behaviour problems such as aggression, anxiety, over-grooming, etc. Long-term stress is bad for your cats physical health and mental wellbeing.
By identifying triggers we can come up with specific solutions. In some cases rehoming is the best option, however often changes can be made in the cat’s home to relieve stress. Some changes in your own or visitors’ behaviour towards the cat may be needed as well.

Aggression
Your cat may be aggressive to other cats, other animals in the home, or (certain) people. This can drive you to despair and is potentially harmful to the aggressive cat itself and other animals or people in your home.
It is important to get to the root of the problem. In some cases, though certainly not all, rehoming the cat might be the best solution. However, my goal is to work with you to create a better home environment for you as well as your aggressive cat.

Destructive behaviour
Your cat may scratch the sofa, bed, wallpaper, rugs, etc. This type of behaviour is natural: the cat is marking its territory and sharpening its claws. They can also do this if they want our attention.
In most cases I can help you rectify this behaviour with advice via video consultation.

Over-grooming
Over-grooming can be a sign of illness. This could be a skin disease, allergy, cystitis to name a few. It is therefore important to get your cat checked out by your vet before contacting me.
If there is no underlying physical cause for this behaviour over-grooming is often related to anxiety or stress.

PICA
Pica is a term used to describe the behaviour of eating non-edible things such as wool, plastic, rubber, leather, cellophane, etc.

Help improving an older cat’s life
Older cats may suffer from a range of physical issues, most notably arthritis or cognitive decline (similar to dementia in people). These issues can affect your cat’s behaviour as well. They might wake you up at night or become more vocal. Changes to your cat’s environment can help enrich your ageing cat’s quality of life.