Almost every time I receive an inquiry about a problem with a cat, the caller's description begins with, "All of a sudden, for no reason at all [cat's name] has begun to ... "
But similar to situations with children, adults and dogs, troubled behavior in cats comes from something. There can be numerous reasons why your usually perfect kitty is now displaying less-than-perfect-behavior. The key in resolving the problem, once any possible health issues are ruled out, is to find what's contributing to his or her anxiety and/or stress.
In my consultation with you, coupled with observation of your cat in his or her usual environment, I'll help sort out what's really going on. Then I'll formulate a program of customized interventions for your specific situation and I'll guide you through the techniques you'll need to effectively help your cat.
Introducing a new cat to your family dog or cat (or children)
Multi-species households that aren't getting along - teaching your animals to live together
Inappropriate elimination - your cat intermittently won't use its litter box or has stopped using it
Play aggression - "hide and seek" attacks, such as swiping at pants, feet; biting or scratching
Redirected aggression - when kitty doesn't get what he/she wants, so instead redirects his/her frustration at the closest person or animal
Fear aggression - cat hides, cowers or otherwise displays fear; most often occurring in multi-cat households when one cat invades another's territory; sometimes starts as play and then escalates
Nocturnal activity - when your cat seems to "wake up" at night and gets involved in "hunting," playing, jumping, destructive activity or otherwise disturbing the household.