Over-grooming or Pica
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Over-grooming due to some form of stress, or other repetitive behaviours like eating inedible items can be difficult and distressing to watch. This behaviour may signal a manisfestation of physical or emotional discomfort, likely impacting your cat’s overall wellbeing.
Cats are sensitive beings, who can become easily stressed by changes in their home and/or local neighbourhood environment. You long to provide a safe, comforting environment, but sometimes, despite your best efforts, your cat may exhibit signs of concerning, repetitive behaviour patterns.
- We visit you at your home in person or online, for an initial assessment generally lasting 2 hours and ideally, everyone in the household should be present.
- We take a full and detailed case history. Together we work out a treatment plan that is realistic and tailored to you and your cat’s needs.
- You receive relevant information sheets, which tie in with the behaviour plan for your cat.
- Soon after the consultation, a report is sent to you, which is later copied to your vet. This outlines the reasons behind the problem and highlights the key steps of the plan.
- Your vet is kept informed of how your cat progresses.
- Plans are updated with new material for you to work on.
- We schedule one 1-hour follow-up session about a month later, which is conducted via an online video link.
- We are available for optional weekly check-ins for 6 weeks after your initial consultation. Each week you can book a 15-minute call through our online calendar, or send us an email or WhatsApp message.
- If during the development of the case, the additional expertise of a veterinary behaviourist is required, then I integrate their advice into the plan. I work closely with select, independently accredited cat vet behaviourists, who will review and discuss your cat’s case with your vet.
- More follow-up support available as needed.
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Is it okay to bring our cat to one of your behaviour clinics?
How should I go about arranging a vet referral for my cat?
Remember that vet visits are stressful for cats; so do chat through the different options with your vet first. For example, if you are having problems between cats in the household, taking one cat out can make things worse. One way to make the experience less stressful is to leave your cat transport box out for several days, then feed your cat(s) inside it.
If you are looking to make your cat’s repetitive, worrying behaviour a thing of the past, contact us to get started.
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