Cats

Fortunately, many cats don’t need much past litter box training because they CAN be naturally playful, loving creatures, but there are also skittish, aggressive, or overly playful cats that make people say “I’m not a cat person”. That doesn’t have to be the case.

Kitten Training

The complete kitten training program is for cats under 5 months of age and consists of three or four separate two hour sessions to be completed within a six week period.

The program cost is $200 and includes:

  • An evaluation based on the behavior of your kitten to establish the specific training plan you want for teaching your pet how to behave around different people and in different situations.

This evaluation will provide information about your pet’s specific learning abilities in order to simplify future training as much as possible, allowing for quicker pet-handler communication and development of social skills as well as implementing the most effective methods of discouraging negative behaviors.

  • Litter Training
  • Carrier and Travel Training
  • Teething Assistance
  • Leash Training
  • Grooming/ Vet Conditioning 
  • Child Conditioning
  • Obedience Training (much less advanced than dogs and lg birds)
  • Food/ Toy aggression
  • Impulse Control (biting, clawing, chewing furniture, etc..)

 

All other training FALLs UNDER THE HOURLY RATE OF $30 and Receives A FREE BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS ON TOP OF YOUR EXISTING QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS.

 

Stray & Feral Cats

People often become cat owners by accepting them in from the street. Not all street cats are feral and even some feral cats can be rehabilitated with specific guidance. It is important to first check the cat for signs of ownership such as a collar, hair patterns suggesting it recently had a collar, or a HomeAgain chip. After taking the cat to the vet for an initial checkup and vaccinations, training and conditioning can make all the difference in the world for the relationship you and your new cat are starting.

Gaining the trust of a cat that has been on the street requires time, patience and strategy from things as small as placement of bowls, beds, and litter pans to things as significant as properly desensitizing them to human presence. Doing research and consulting a professional after deciding to take in stray cats will save you time, money, and unnecessary torment.

Never take kittens younger than three months from mothers or litter-mates

 

Obedience Training

Obedience training is necessary for dogs due to their size and capabilities if they get too excitable or scared, but for cats is a desired training that instantly creates a rewarding relationship between that cat and any human it meets through being able to play and communicate in a way that most people don’t realize you can with a cat. Cats can learn to come when called, meow on command, play fetch, sit, lead you to fix a problem, tell you when they are hurt, and so much more. 

 

Leash Training

A cat’s size allows for them to get enough exercise in an apartment no smaller than 800 square feet WITH the assistance of toys and at least one cat tower. For most cats, this bare minimum environment incites built up energy that leads to extremely rough play, destructive behavior and overall erratic behavior. Taking a cat for a nice short walk every couple days feeds their curiosity, strengthens your relationship, and provides enough exercise so you don’t have to worry about being woken up in the middle of the night by a flurry of pent-up energy from your cat.

 

Grooming & Vet Conditioning

All cats need grooming conditioning because while only long-haired cats need regular grooming, every cat needs to be willing to at least tolerate dental checks, checking paws for injuries, nail trimmings when they get older and can no longer file their nails naturally, and the occasional bath or ear cleaning. Also, a cat that tries to bite a veterinarian trying to vaccinate or examine them will most likely require being wrapped and muzzled or expensive sedation.

 

Child Conditioning

Conditioning a cat to be around children can be difficult if they didn’t learn what to expect as a kitten, but it is not impossible. Many people are under the impression that they need to find a new home for their cat if they are not adapting well to children, but most cats can be taught what to expect from children and how to act around them. This may take a certain amount of explaining and understanding on the child’s part as well.

 

Socialization

Teaching our cat how to act around other people or new pets is a big step and will determine how they will act during future introductions so it is very important that it be done correctly and with as little aggression and negativity as possible. This new learning experience becomes ingrained and, if not done properly, can cause many behavioral issues that can last months. These issues usually result in fear, aggression, and expensive vet bills. Introducing new pets requires a very specific process and should not be done without research or consulting a professional.

 

Impulse Control

This training incorporates controlling negative behaviors like climbing, jumping, knocking things off of tables and counters, food and toy aggression, fear responses, chewing, biting, playing too rough as well as learning where it is appropriate scratch and much more.

 

I am not licensed to give advice related to veterinary medicine. However, as a certified veterinary assistant I am permitted to determine if your cat needs to see a veterinarian, give advice on exercise or dietary needs, and I can provide ear cleaning and nail trimming services for a $10 fee.

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