I just read an interesting article by Kristin Buller called "3 Ways Owners are Impacted by Pets with Behavior Problems". Kristin is a licensed clinical social worker and provides veterinary social services to people who care for pets with behavior problems. In a research project she's conducting, preliminary results indicate that there are three areas of impact for people who are dealing with their pet's behavior problems.
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Your cat is doing something – anything, really – that you would like to change. Whether it’s not using the litterbox, being aggressive with another cat in the home, or simply jumping up on the counters where you prepare food, you wish that this behavior would stop! The good news is that you can change your cat’s behavior. But because cats respond to their environment and those within it, they are not going to change their behavior on their own. The fact is, the only way to change your cat’s behavior is to change YOUR behavior.
Do you know what's causing your cats to act a certain way? Are concerns about your cat medical or behavioral? I recently had a client named Taylor, who at age 16, was (ahem) pooping throughout his guardians' home. The kitty would not consistently use his litterbox to stool, and his human family members were finding "deposits" in their bedroom and the living room. This started after the carpet was replaced and at first I thought it might have something to do with that (new smells, developing a substrate preference, etc.), but after questioning his guardians about the type of stool they were seeing and how often they were seeing it, it appeared that Taylor had been having gastric upset for the past several months. In fact, in addition to his chronic diarrhea, he had lost weight. Cat behavior issues - medical or behavioral? In this case, medical.
If you've ever considered contacting a cat behavior consultant to help you with an issue you're having with your feline friends, you'll want to pay attention to this post, because it's all about you and me. While some of you may have experience in talking with behavior consultants, many of you are probably asking yourself, "what do I have to do for a consultation?" or, "what the heck does a cat behavior consultant do?" or maybe, "the behaviorist just does her cat-whispering thing and then the problem is solved, right?" Well, I'm here to clear a few things up for you, and provide you with some helpful tips on how to get the most out of your cat behavior consultation.