Sally Chamberlain

Cat Behaviour Consultations

Sally is an Animal Behaviourist specialising in resolving cat behaviour problems in a kind, force-free way both remotely and in-person within 20 miles of Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. Please see below to find out how she may be able to help.

Cat Behaviour Consultation Options

Telephone Advice

I offer brief advice over the phone or email/messenger for free but to have a more in-depth conversation, please request my telephone advice service.

I charge £35 for up to 40 minutes per telephone advice session, which is by appointment only.

I can only offer a general overview of what action you may need to take with this option.

Payment is requested in advance via PayPal or online banking.

A remote consultation is more appropriate for detailed, specific advice or an in-person consultation if you are within 20 miles of Swadlincote.


Remote Consultations

Remote consultations are offered to clients who live further than 20 miles from Swadlincote.

They cost £75-95, depending on the complexity of the issue. Follow-up meetings are £50 plus mileage.

I send out a questionnaire via email to potential clients for them to fill in and return. If I feel that I will be able to help remotely, I provide a quotation and request payment via online banking.

I then prepare a Behaviour Modification Plan which I send via email. I might ask a few more questions during this process.

I provide six months support via phone and email within the price.


In-Person Consultations

My in-person consultations are offered to potential clients within 20 miles of Swadlincote, South Derbyshire, UK.

They cost £120 within five miles of Swadlincote plus £0.45 per mile charge for round trips up to 20 miles away. Follow-up meetings are £50 each plus mileage.

I send out a questionnaire via email for potential clients to fill in and return. I then provide a quotation if I feel that I am able to help and book a convenient time and date for a consultation.

Payment is requested five days in advance via online banking. Six months support via phone and email is included in the price.


Cat Behaviour Problems

Cat behaviour problems come in all different shapes and sizes, just like cats themselves!

Please see the details below about some of the most common cat behaviour problems. This is simply an overview, so please get in touch even if your cat's issue isn't mentioned. 

It has taken me many years to gain a thorough understanding of the feline enigma and I'm still learning every day. 

If you are at all worried about your cat's behaviour, a veterinary check-up may be required in the first instance. 

Once your cat has the all-clear, I will be able to assess the best way to help you and your feline companion.

I am also able to work with cats who have medical issues to keep them comfortable and happy, bearing in mind any instructions from their vet.

Pet insurers may also cover my fees so please enquire with them to find out if these are covered by your policy.

Destructive Behaviour

If there's one thing that can cause a problem between cats and humans, it's their need to scratch. Woe betide the cat slave who fails to provide enough scratching surfaces in their home. Their carpet and furnishings are in for a rough ride! Cats may also indulge in other kinds of destructive behaviour such as chewing wires or maybe even over-grooming themselves or eating inedible items. Punishment and the notorious spray bottle won't do any good here. This problem needs to be resolved by providing the cat with more resources and enrichment and meeting their needs by offering more play sessions and a possibly a veterinary check-up.

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Inappropriate Toileting

Coming home to a puddle on the floor or treading in a rogue cat poo are not pleasant experiences. Cats toilet outside of the litter tray for a variety of reasons but quite often it's a medical problem or stress-related. They might also spray urine on vertical surfaces, which can be done by both neutered male and female cats. Once a medical problem is ruled out, their toileting facilities and resources need to be examined, along with their relationship with other cats, people and animals in the home. Punishment and aversives should be avoided because they increase stress and don't help the cat. A thorough investigation is needed for toileting issues.

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Aggressive Behaviour

Cats often display aggressive behaviour as a last resort because their warnings are not being listened to. Feline body language can be subtle and aggression may be directed at other cats, humans and animals for many reasons. The key to resolving aggression issues is to ensure their needs are being met and work towards changing their emotion below the threshold at which their aggression is triggered. This is why punishment and aversives should not be used. Going back to basics before any signs of tension occur and counter-conditioning the cat to form a new, positive association is the safest option with the guidance of an expert.

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My Approach

My approach is caring, supportive and non-judgemental. I aim to restore harmony in each household and examine every aspect of each case to glean a full picture of the behaviour problem.

I only use force-free methods based on positive reinforcement, environmental enrichment and the natural inclinations of each cat. Force-free methods have their basis in science and compassion and do NOT involve any force, fear, pain, intimidation or discomfort for animals.

I do not believe in pack theory, dominance or trying to be the ‘Alpha’ in the relationship between animals and humans. A loving relationship built on trust is the strongest possible foundation when working with animals.

Not every case is easy to resolve and may take a great deal of time and commitment on the part of the cat's human family. I always offer lots of support and guidance.

I have written three books that are full of information about animal behaviour and communicating with them on every level. Please also visit my About Me page to find out more about my life and love of animals.

I am an ICAN Certified Animal Behaviourist, Associate Certified Cat Behaviour Consultant with the IAABC, Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the ABTC, the UK Reiki Federation and have run my own pet sitting business since 2011.

Please contact me to find out how I may be able to help.