The Pet Behaviour Centre
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It May Seem Obvious But a Cat Is Not a Dog!

It May Seem Obvious But a Cat Is Not a Dog!It is a different species with different drives and a different ethology. Knowing why your cat does certain things, even the distasteful behaviours of presenting you with dead creatures, will help you to understand your cat better and appreciate how your behaviour can influence the cat.

Cats are only semi-domesticated and have lived with humans for very little time compared to dogs.

Cats are social animals and can form colonies with other cats and even other species.

Cat communication comprises visual signalling, tactile, olfactory and auditory communication.

Cats are even more scent-oriented than dogs.

Social behaviour and socialisation occurs at a very young age (3to 6 weeks) compared to puppies (6 to 12 weeks).

Can cats be trained?

YES. Your cat perhaps already knows if he hears spoon against tin that it means dinner time. By making simple associations like this, your cat can be trained to sit, walk on a harness and a whole host of other useful “tricks”.

Rewarding good behaviour is far simpler and much more effective than punishment. Reward-based training includes “Lure and Reward” and other methods such as “Clicker Training” borrowed from marine mammal trainers. Different methods suit different people and their cats and an individual programme tailored to your needs will be provided. The use of modern methods helps maintain a good owner/cat relationship.

Common cat problems

  • Loss of toilet training/litter training.

  • Indoor spraying.

  • Aggression towards humans and/or other cats/animals in same household.

  • Over and under-attachment to owner.

  • Scratching furniture.

  • Phobias and Stress.

The above problems can be reduced and eliminated by the application of proven techniques. Occasionally, the use of drug assistance and artificial pheromones will help in the behaviour modification programmes by providing a window of opportunity to relax the anxious cat, in which case your vet will be contacted and an appropriate therapeutic regime discussed.

Some behaviours, such as inter-cat or cat-human aggression over grooming, indoor urine spraying etc, may require a thorough behaviour modification consultation and assessment. There are many organic/veterinary causes for changes in behaviour which need to be excluded prior to embarking upon a behaviour modification programme.

Since each cat is genetically different and has had different experiential learning, it is important that the correct diagnosis of the problem and appropriate behaviour modification techniques are identified. Consultations take approximately 2—3 hours, normally in your home, and a detailed report is provided. Telephone support for 12 months is given, although follow-up lessons may also be required.

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