Feline Training & Behavior

Private Training Sessions & Behavior Consulting

At Chirrups and Chatter we utilize science-based training methods that include positive reinforcement, counter-conditioning, and desensitization. We will create a customized training plan designed for you and your cat’s combined success. The training plan will be built  around your goals and your pet’s individual behavior needs. We’ll also get you started with practical, effective introductory training exercises & environmental management recommendations to improve things right away.

We have the knowledge and experience to manage, resolve, and prevent many types of cat behavior and training issues such as:
  • Fear-based behaviors
  • New pet introductions
  • Leash training
  • Medication administration
  • Husbandry (brushing, nail care, etc.)
  • Going outside the litter box
  • Aggression
  • Tension in multi-pet households
  • Attention-seeking behaviors
  • Destructive behaviors
  • Separation Anxiety

Cooperative Care

As an Elite Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified Registered Veterinary Technician and Trainer, Tabitha is uniquely equipped to understand the processes involved in medical procedures. This gives her an advantage over other trainers, as she is able to implement plans with realistic expectations and train your cat through every step required to feel comfortable and in control at a veterinary visit.

As a member of the family, your cat deserves the best possible care. Cats are both prey and predator animals, so they are very good at hiding their pain and illness. This means that regularly scheduled veterinary visits are needed to help prevent and treat medical issues, even if none are apparent.

Many cat parents have anxiety about their cats going to the veterinarian due to the stress and fear their cats experience not only at the vet but traveling to and from as well. This anxiety can be so great that they (consciously or subconsciously) avoid even doing it at all! We understand how difficult these situations can be, and want to work with you to help make veterinary visits (including travel) less stressful and much easier on both of you.

To help you prepare for a visit to the vet with your cat, we offer the following services:

  • Carrier training
  • An introduction to cat training
  • Working with your veterinarian to help create a plan to limit your cat(s) fear, anxiety, and stress
  • A personalized preparation and travel plan to reduce your cat(s) fear, anxiety, and stress

Friends for Life: Senior Pet Wellness

We love our pets, for their whole lives. But growing older can present new challenges for our senior cats, and mobility and sensory changes can affect their quality of life. Sensory losses such as sight or hearing and mobility difficulties from aging can slow down your senior, and change the kind of veterinary care, training, and enrichment they need going forward.

As a Registered Veterinary Technician and Pet Trainer, Tabitha can assist in increasing your senior pet’s quality of life, and can also help them stay engaged with life for longer.