Publications and Media

Publications

  1. The Complete Guide to Adopting a Cat
  2. Does My Cat Have Separation Anxiety | Hartz
  3. National High Five Day is April 21st – How to Teach Your Cat to High Five | Hartz
  4. How to Stop Your Cat From Biting | Hartz
  5. How Do I Get My Senior Cat to Engage More | Hartz
  6. How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight | Hartz
  7. How to Prepare Your Cat for Returning to Work | Hartz
  8. The Benefits of Wet Cat Treats | Hartz
  9. How Can I Tell if My Cat Is Stressed Out? | Hartz
  10. How to Choose the Best Treats for Your Cat | Hartz
  11. Teaching Your Cat to Love Their Carrier | Hartz
  12. Solving Your Cat’s Litter Box Problems | Hartz
  13. How to Introduce Two Cats | Hartz

In the Media

A cat behavior consultant is someone who specializes in preventing, managing, and modifying challenging behaviors in cats. Certified Cat Behavior Consultants have demonstrated their knowledge of cat training, biology, and species-specific behavior, as well as learning theory and practical training knowledge. IAABC’s certification is based on case studies, not multiple choice quizzes, and each applicant is assessed by a panel of experts in cat training and behavior.

My “About Me” page can give you all the details, but to summarize: I am a certified cat behavior consultant through
the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Simply put, my title means that I am considered an expert in the management, modification and prevention of problem behaviors in cats. It also requires me to keep up to date with the latest research and techniques in feline behavior and training. I am also a certified cat trainer through Animal Behavior College and a Fear Free Certified animal trainer.  I have worked with hundreds (possibly thousands) of cats in shelter and rescue settings as well.

We live in a world where there’s a dog trainer on every corner… but what about the cats? I take a stand against the idea that cats are second-class citizens that don’t deserve as much compassion and resources as our dogs do. I want to make life better for both people and their cats in a world where very few resources exist to help them. That’s why I’m committed to helping people understand their cats. My goal is always happy cats, happy cat parents.

Our specialties include:

  • Litter box issues

  • Destructive behavior

  • Aggression towards people or animals

  • Fear, anxiety, and stress

  • Inter-cat relationships

  • Kitten socialization

  • Clicker training

  •  …and more!

If it’s cat-related, we got you. 

We use positive only methods. You won’t find scruffing, squirt bottles, or scat mats in our toolbox! We work to minimize stress and maximize fun, both for the cats and the people! We don’t follow a textbook and treat each client as an individual. Your plan will depend on your lifestyle as well as your cat’s own unique needs. We understand this is likely a stressful time if you have reached out to us and want to make it as easy as possible.

NOPE! I’m still learning new things about cats every day. Any animal trainer who offers a 100% guarantee is a liar. Cats are cats, not robots. There are many factors involved in whether or not we succeed in improving your problem. I can guarantee that I will try my hardest, admit when I don’t know something, and refer you to another consultant or veterinary behaviorist if it’s beyond my scope. I am also not afraid to recommend rehoming if I think it’s in your or the cat’s best interests.

My job involves coaching the humans just as much as the cats! Although I am here to support you every step of the way, the majority of the work will be done by YOU, not me! Prior to our virtual session, I review videos of the problem behaviors so that we can come up with a suitable plan of action together on our call. 

No. In many cases, a multi-pronged approach is needed, including environmental change, management, and behavior modification. If your goal is for you and your cat to be happy in your own home, he has to stay put while we make those changes. 

I prefer email and generally do not do phone calls. If you are interested in meeting with me prior to booking a package, I offer 30-minute Q&A sessions via Zoom for $50. I try to respond to all emails within 24 hours, at which point I will let you know what my schedule looks like and send you a history form to complete prior to your first session. The history form gives you space to give me ALLLLL the details prior to getting started. 

I require payment in full at least 24 hours prior to your first appointment. In some cases, I will ask for a $50 deposit at the time of booking to hold your date. I accept PayPal, credit card, and Venmo. If payment in full is not received within a reasonable timeframe, your appointment is subject to cancellation. 

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you still have any questions.