Ruth White provides the following services:
- Litter box issues
- Tension in multi-cat or multi-animal households
- Furniture scratching/destructiveness
- Excessive vocalization
- Help for shy, or partially feral cats
- Excessive grooming/licking
- Transitioning cats to new food
- Ensuring your cat has proper nutrition and is consuming enough liquids
- Appropriate levels and types of play to keep your cat healthy and happy
New Cat Consultation
- Help determine whether cat ownership is for you
- How to introduce a new cat or kitten into the home and other animals
- Modify your home to best suit your cat’s needs, whether they are a bush dweller or conqueror of trees
Initial Consultation = $45
Full Behavior Assessment = $90, includes:
- Filling out an assessment
- Phone consultation
- A written behavior action plan
- One follow-up phone consultation after the plan has been implemented
Home Catification = $25 to $125
You may purchase an initial consultation and then use that as a deposit towards a full assessment. If an on-site visit is required, an additional $30 will be applied to cover travel costs. Most cases can be resolved through a combination of phone consultation and skype or facetime. I may require you to take photographs or video to include with your assessment. Follow-ups for the same issue are $25.
Please contact me through this website, call/text me at 424-835-1272, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth White graduated with Honors and Departmental Distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of WA in Seattle. Courses included Animal Communication, Bio-psychology, and Animal Behavior. She also has her MA in Sociology with a Minor in Statistics from Pennsylvania State University. She has completed the Humane Society’s cat behavior and retention course and is working towards her MSc in Clinical Animal Behavior from the University of Edinburgh.
Litter Box Issues
Case #1: Sushi is a 4-year-old domestic shorthair cat who had been regularly urinating outside of the litter box for two years. The assessment and interview suggested Sushi was experiencing territorial uncertainty exacerbated by the death of a cat to whom he was bonded. There are feral cats and other animals nearby and another cat in the home that may be possible sources of stress. The action plan focused on raising Sushi’s confidence, reducing stressors, and adding a litter box in a different location that is primarily Sushi’s. At the one week follow-up, Sushi was no longer urinating outside of the box and the family felt confident enough to put in new carpet.
Case #2: Bacon Bits is a 6-year old female Persian cat who has been urinating outside of the litter box on and off for about a year. She lives in a single cat household and the veterinarian has diagnosed her with FLUTD. Assessment and interview suggested Bits may be prone to “stress” which, in kitties, can mean her sensory system (sight, hearing, taste, touch) is easily overloaded. The action plan focused on reducing stressors, adding a litter box, and moving the original litter box to allow better access. Since the action plan was implemented, Bits has not urinated outside of a litter box.
Case #3: Max is a 2-year old male Persian who has pooped outside of the litter boxes since he was 9 weeks old. He lives with two other cats. The assessment and interview indicated that this could be either an issue with the litter itself (texture, scent) or how often the shared litter boxes are cleaned. The action plan included providing a litter box for Max with fine grain, unscented litter, placed in the bathroom, where he often defecates. Barriers were set up to make the bathtub and sink less attractive to Max as places to go and all four litter boxes were cleaned once a day. At the one week follow up, Max was using the litter box in the bathroom and was no longer defecating in the tub or sink.
Tension in Multi-Animal Household
Case #4: Griffen is a 5-year old Persian female recently adopted by a multi-animal household (3 other cats, 2 dogs). Griffen was previously a Queen used for breeding. Griffen was exhibiting aggressive behavior towards any animals that approached as she sat with her human of choice, T. The action plan focused on raising Griffen’s confidence, getting more one on one time with T, and having T get up and move away if she behaved aggressively towards any co-habitators. Griffen soon began accepting the other animals approaching and her aggressive behavior has been all but extinguished. Stay tuned for more on Griffen as she learns how to live in a busy household. The latest tension is between her and the alpha female, who sometimes stares down Griffen as if she were prey. The latest action plan includes providing enrichment in the evenings (the time this happens) for Edison, so she doesn’t focus on Griffen. In addition, shelves and perches will be added to provide Griffon with options for retreat. They will continue to play with Griffen to raise her confidence.
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