HDC Behaviour, run by experienced animal behaviour consultant Susan Gammage, provides a compassionate, scientific-based service to help owners who have problems with cat behaviour.

Cat Behaviour Problems

Cats are often said be aloof and independent, and do not need us except to feed them. We understand that cats have a variety of needs, and if these are not being met, then behavioural problems can arise. By looking at how cats live in natural conditions we can gain a better understanding of our cats. With this information we can provide for them a full and comfortable life living in our homes.

Cat behaviour problems include inappropriate urination, scratching furniture, aggression towards people or other cats, fur pulling, eating inappropriate material (pica), spraying, fighting, hiding, anxiety, fearfulness, litter tray training, introducing a new cat.
Cats are very trainable and respond to positive reinforcement and clicker training.
Contact us to discuss your cat’s behavioural problem, and a positive way forward for you and your cat.

Cat Behaviour Consultations

We will contact your vet prior to the consultations regarding medical treatment that may be relevant to your cat’s behavioural problem.

  • Initial consultations last between one and two hours.
  • A display of the behavioural problems is not required.
  • We will need information regarding your cat’s history and daily life.
  • Behavioural modification programmes are individually designed for each cat.

A report will be sent to the referring vet providing details of how the behaviour problem is to be resolved.
Consultation Rates
Initial Consultation: £95
Follow-up Consultations: £65
Travel: 40p per mile from TN7 4EA

Full behaviour report, on request £50


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How many different ingredients did you consume yesterday? How many did your dog or cat? Did you know that science repeatedly tells us that given free choice, dogs choose at least 50 different food types and cats at least 40, on a frequent basis? And that out of choice, dogs take more than 65% and cats more than 70%, of their diet from animal origin. Variety really is the spice of life. Different flavours and textures, clearly as well as different nutritional elements make up a desirable diet. You can provide all the necessary 'nutrition' in a well designed, processed diet, but can you meet the behavioural drive for variety? Food for thought.

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Cats are prey animals finding safety in elevation. I recently commented on a veterinary nurse's Facebook post about a problem she was encountering with her young cat Enid. The cat was trying to cover up her food bowl when there was food in it, using whatever was to 'paw' including coat hangers and even her litter tray. I asked if the bowl were on the ground or on an elevated surface, after all, being a prey species finding security in being off the ground (different to rabbits who like to hide or horses preferring to freeze or use flight in open environments) and the owner said 'on the ground'. She tried lifting the bowl on top of a cupboard and immediately the cat stop trying to bury her food. For cats, safety is in being off the ground. A little knowledge can make a huge difference 😺 Thanks to Enid's owner for allowing me to share her story.

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Whether you’ve been with your partner for decades or you’ve only just started dating, finding the perfect Valentine’s gift can be difficult, and with Valentine’s Day fast approaching you may be tempted to go for the ‘safe’ option of flowers. Present your loved one with a beautiful bouquet and they’re sure to be impressed, right? Not if they own a cat and you’ve chosen lilies… This Valentine’s Day leave out lilies if your loved one has a cat. Lilies are frequently used in flower arrangements for their attractive appearance and fragrant flowers, however many people are still unaware of the danger they pose to cats. Lilies contain a toxin that makes eating even the smallest amount of any part of the plant – flowers, leaves, stem or pollen – extremely dangerous to cats. Even licking the pollen off their coat or drinking the water from a vase containing lilies can cause grave illness. Once ingested, the toxin causes severe damage to the kidneys, which can cause the kidneys to fail and even result in death. Signs of poisoning include drooling, vomiting, refusing food, lethargy and depression and a vet may find enlarged and painful kidneys on examination. If you own a cat, you should never keep lilies in the house, nor should you gift cat lovers in your life lilies. And, should you suspect that your cat has been exposed to lilies, seek immediate veterinary advice. For more information about lily poisoning and to download our ‘lethal lilies’ warning poster visit: