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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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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: icatcare.org/advice/keeping-cats-safe/lilies

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This week, as part of National Obesity Awareness Week, we are raising awareness of feline obesity in order to make sure that cats achieve or remain at a healthy weight. But how do you determine whether your cat is overweight, underweight or at a healthy weight? Bodyweight can be used to assess whether or not a cat has gained or lost weight. However, a cat’s ideal weight depends on the age and breed of the cat. Therefore, a scale assessing the fat reserves (layers of fat covering the body) a cat has is often used. This is known as a body condition score (BCS) system. A commonly-used BCS system grades the ‘fatness’ of the cat from 1-5, where a score of 1 is very thin, 3 is ideal and 5 is obese. An obese cat is one for which the ribs are hard to feel as they are covered by a thick layer of fat, there is a moderate to thick layer of fat covering the bony parts of the cat such as the spine and pelvis, and the cat has a bulge of fat hanging down from its stomach, which may swing as the cat moves, with no waist. The chart below shows you how to assign a BCS to your cat, so you can tell whether it is underweight, overweight, obese or just right. You should regularly monitor your cat’s BCS to make sure they remain at an ideal, healthy weight – if you notice any changes, speak to your vet, or visit our website for advice (see icatcare.org/advice/general-care/keeping-your-cat-healthy/feeding-your-cat-or-kitten). With obesity, as with many conditions, prevention is better than cure! Later in the week we will be covering the health risks associated with feline obesity, treatment and maintenance of a healthy weight and more.

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International Cat Care is very happy to be supporting vet and iCatCare ambassador Emma Milne’s new welfare initiative, a website called ‘Vets Against Brachycephalism’. Brachycephalism refers to the breeding of flat-faced animals with short muzzles. Sadly, this look is directly linked to a number of health issues. This new website allows vets to pledge their support for the campaign against brachycephalism, demonstrating the strength of feeling of the veterinary profession that the breeding of brachycephalic animals is wrong on welfare grounds. Emma says ‘As the popularity of brachycephalic breeds has taken off, concern among vets has also risen. But many people don’t listen to us as a profession and there is so much pro-brachycephalic feeling around, sometimes vets just don’t feel listened to or are too afraid to voice how they feel. I want the website to be a powerful public platform veterinary professionals can use to say ‘I believe in this and am not afraid to say it’’. For more information, visit vetsagainstbrachycephalism.com