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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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Locating a Feline Behaviorist?

Does anyone have any recommendations?

We have decided to keep Duchess.
We have started a Behavior Mod. program with her.
From all the reading I have done here on the forum.

I would really like to talk to a professional and
I dont know where to start.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 10:53 AM
 
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We contacted our vet and she recommended 2 different Animal Beh. to try. In our yellow pages there is also a section for "Animal Behaviour Thearapy".
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 10:56 AM
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this isn't a recommendation, just something I came up with from Google, and they aren't in Wisconsin, but maybe they can recommend someone you have access to: http://www.petbehaviorist.com/
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 11:00 AM
 
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How about Dr. Jean and Jackson Galaxy?
http://littlebigcat.com/?action=consulting

http://littlebigcat.com/index.php?action=faq

Good Luck!!!
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I second spittles' recommendation. I wish Jackson was still coming here. He was so often a huge help!
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
 
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I can try them by email....

Update: I did stop in to my vets office....Lucky for me it happen to be a quiet time. I have a plan and they agreed with me on it.
Most of this I have learned from reading here.

O.k. We have Duchess set up with hammock and litterbox in an old dog crate. For the first 2 weeks she was confined to it. Now I let her out in the lower level with my other cat. I check in the a.m.'s for any potty accidents....so far she has been sucessful!

Long Term plan is to continue this plan for 6 months. She is getting food care and love so this will not harm her any. We have so many changes coming....we are moving and expecting a new baby.
Once we are settled into the new house and after the baby comes.
We will take her crate out of a quiet area into a busy area of the home.
Continue the same routine for another months or 2....this hopefully will desensitize her to the activity in our home....she can observe, yet feel safe. I will have the crate placed near an outlet and invest in the Feliway room plug-in.

Once we begin allowing her house freedoms....the crate will remain in place with the door left open. I will use Feliway everyday and spray furniture and bedding....slowly allowing her access 1 room at a time.

So this is the long term plan and lets pray all goes successfully!
The entire process may take 8 months to a year.....
I am very comfortable with this plan.
I really want to keep her....I pray this modification program will be successful because we have begun at such a young age.
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It sounds like you have a good plan in place! I really hope it works out for you, especially when you're putting such a large amount of time and effort into her! Fingers crossed (although I'll have to uncross them at SOME point this year! lol).

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-09-2005, 04:21 PM
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you go, girl!!
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