Certified Cat Behavior Consulting

Schedule with Cat Behaviorist and New York Times Acclaimed Feline Behavior Science Author, Mieshelle Nagelschneider.

The Reliability of Effectiveness:
Video Consultations vs. In-home

In practice for over 33 years, we are the first cat-only behavior practice in the United States.  Appointments are conducted by video, phone, or in-home with a proven track record of success.  Our cat behaviorist has traveled to Japan and the Philippines (just to name a few countries) to conduct in-home consultations and our veterinarians will also conduct in-home consultations or vet-to-vet remote appointments depending on which state you live.  However, cat owners who’ve consulted an expert cat behaviorist before are sanguine veterans. They know exactly how and why virtual consultations are effective.

Another real issue is that cats are the most underserved companion animal and this means that compared to dog trainers, the availability of a cat behaviorist in every state is non-existent.  But one of the most frequent questions any behaviorist hears from the first-time client of cat-behavior consulting is just this: “How can you know what to do by phone? Don’t you need to be here?”  Probably they have in mind us installing ourselves in their living rooms for a few weeks, bearing hidden cameras and clipboards!  As with tele-behavior for humans, virtual cat behavior help is finally here not only out of necessity, but out of reliability of effectiveness.

We enjoy answering this question more than just about any other. Why? Because the answer contains a great deal of just what cat owners need to understand about their cats, including:

  • you are the one whose behavior we’ll be changing along with your cat’s environment which can include several behavior changing modalities based on your cat’s feline evolutionary biology.  Your cat’s behavior will then be corrected, but long last success can take several weeks.  One of our clients once amusingly figured this out mid-testimonial:
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I wanted to let you know Aero is doing just fine so far. She has not gone outside the litter box even once since I (behavior advice removed). I am also (behavior advice removed). Hey! You’re not really re-training the cats, are you? You’re re-training the pet parent!

J. Jackson

United States

  • there’s nothing we could see in person that we haven’t seen before – or need to see rather than ask you about;
  • house calls do not yield any more information than our carefully refined 12 page feline behavior history questionnaire and consultation questions – and our expertise gained through experiential work as well as university trained in animal psychology and behavior – all honed and refined helping literally thousands of cats just like yours — over the phone (as long as you can follow instructions).
  • Specific photos (and occasionally videos) are requested prior to the consultation.
  • any behavior treatment plan worthy of the name sets aside 2-4 weeks and consists of easy-to-follow, science-based time-tested advice we give you by phone or during your Zoom video consultation. Read more about our proprietary C.A.T. Plan™.

The proof is in our 350 Rave Reviews. Almost everyone of our unparalleled number of testimonials comes from a phone and to a lesser degree, video consultations! For people as curious as their cats, we provide more information below.

It’s All About You

The first thing you need to understand is this: with a few exceptions, it is your behavior and the environment you set up for your cat that leads most directly to either problem or cure.  Dr. Myrna Milani, an expert on the principles of animal behavior consulting, affirms: “The nature of the human-animal bond guarantees that all clients are intimately involved in their animal’s problems.” Your cat, a finely-tuned, conditioned member of the animal kingdom, is simply reacting predictably to stimuli you control (in most cases).  That means that in a very real sense, you are the subject of the behavior consultation.  It’s your behavior problem, if you will, that you have created.  We mean that in the nicest way.  Cats instinctively respond to environmental external conditions and stimuli – if something in the environment creates a conflict with your cat, you may see behavior you don’t approve of (but this is still most always normal behavior). The same goes for an environment that is set up correctly or is void of stressful external stimuli – the cat performs its natural behavior, but in a way that is not problematic for you.

Examples: the environment you have set up is the prime culprit for inappropriate elimination and, often, for spraying and aggression.  It’s actually owners who cause behavior problems by unknowingly creating a litter box situations that yield disastrous results; by how, and how often, they play with your cats; by whether they try to punish their cats; by what scents they bring into the house, and much more.

Even the way you clean up after your cats can encourage more messes.  In addition, and in just the right way, or to carry out the critical re-association techniques that we teach.  Your own behaviors may even be inviting and cultivating aggression or yowling, and for treatment, only your behaviors including changes to external stimuli that you can control, can help your cat.  Says Dr. Milani: “The responsibility for making any changes necessary to resolve the animal’s problem lies with the client.”

We’ve Seen It Before

Second, almost all cat behavior problems, and all of the most common ones, fall into a few well-known categories, each with predictable patterns.  That means your cat’s, or cats’, actual behavior is not so “unique” that we must witness it.  Unusual, different, or weird as you think your cat problem is, it falls into one of these known patterns. We’ve seen and heard and solved it before.  That means that when your answers to our Feline Behavior Questionnaire are combined with the give-and-take of the consultation, we are able to quickly and reliably identify the problem, or problems, and all the most likely solutions.  All without seeing your cat.

Third, even if we were to show up at your house (and our behaviorist and veterinarian DO conduct a number of in-home consultations), the odds of catching your cat in the act –

• peeing or pooping outside the box
• spraying
• fighting with another cat
• yowling
• and so on

— are so small and can often make the trip as sensible as a wild-goose chase.

And, again, our seeing the behavior would simply confirm what we already knew: your cat is acting out the same behavior as the thousands of cats we’ve seen before him.  And her.  The specific details you will explain to us in our 12 page feline behavior history questionnaire will enable us to evaluate your cat’s behavior.

Also, we won’t be able to visually see the months (sometimes years) of unwanted behavior from your cat in one visit.  Dr. Milani continues: “The client and other people often serve as the primary source of information regarding the problem.”

Our Efficacy Guarantee:

In fact, if we’ve never heard of your cat’s particular issue, or if we think a full behavior consultation program would not be helpful or appropriate, a consultation will be conducted at no charge.

We’re By Far Your Best Option

Real Treatment Plans Can’t Be Implemented During a House Call
Because Cat Behavior is Not an Obedience Issue and Change is Not Immediate

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Our veterinarians conduct consults locally and this includes taking medical records for cases that truly need an in-home consultation, or if the owner would prefer to have an in-home consultation.  Even a behaviorist or a vet who does house calls cannot cure your cat during that particular house call.  The reason goes back to the first point above: all cat behavior treatment is ultimately something the cat owner implements him – or herself, over a period of days or a few weeks.  Cat behavior isn’t solved like certain dog behavior issues are solved by dog trainers.  Cat behavior is solved through a number of things like changing the environment (external factors) or gradual conditioning, all as advised by us in a comprehensive behavior plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

All cat behavior solutions must take into consideration feline instincts and their evolutionary biology. The clinic has exclusive rights to Mieshelle Nagelschneider’s proprietary Cat Whisperer™ consulting, easy-to-implement C.A.T. Plan™ positive behavior modification, the most effective, comprehensive, and up-to-date system for curing any cat behavior problem.

Because every cat and environment is different, the plan allows for customized behavior techniques and environmental changes when needed – because cat behavior is not one-size-fits-all. Mieshelle has spent 20 years developing a method so effective that when clients follow it, their success rate is well over 90% (even higher for the most common issues).

Her science-based cat behavior book, The Cat Whisperer, has been featured in the New York Times and a best-seller on Amazon and published in 4 languages (Random House Publishing with co-writer Cameron Powell).

For cat behaviorists seeking certification, her book is a required curriculum by a number of cat behaviorist certifying organizations.

Love is born of mystery, and our cats are mysterious and loved in equal measure. But sometimes the greatest blessing of all is a bit of light thrown into a dark place. Mieshelle Nagelschneider holds that light. Allow her to share it with you.”– Gwen Cooper Author, Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, of Life With a Blind Wonder Cat (Random House), New York, NY

Veterinarian: “Over the course of many years, Mieshelle has developed and refined her unique ability to think like a cat. On numerous occasions I have witnessed the life-changing benefits Mieshelle’s techniques can bring to cats and their sometimes very frustrated owners.” – Veterinarian, Dr. James R. Shultz DVM, Portland, Oregon

Cat Behavior Veterinarian Referral from Dr. Lisa Berger DVM: “Despite all the disruptions, there have been no incidents of urination on the bed or the couch, and neither have been covered by plastic all week!” – Juanita H. Portland, Oregon

You have the African wildcat, your domestic cat’s ancestor, to thank for many of your cat’s “unwanted” cat behaviors. Learn more about this during your consultation to better understand and help your cat and solve its behavior issues. We often misunderstand cat behaviors. Once cat owners understand their cat instincts and biology, they can better understand why the behavior strategies work so well and can better apply them.

Mieshelle The Cat Whisperer™ has been the spokesperson and cat behavior expert for Comfort Zone, Arm & Hammer Cat Litter, and Cat Expert for Whiska’s International Media Tour Australia. Her cat behavior expertise is seen in the New York Times, The Today Show, NBC Dateline, MTV, Animal Planet, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, The Hallmark Channel, Modern Cat Magazine, Parade, Reader’s Digest, Cat Fancy Magazine, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, This Wild Life, The Divine Cat, Real Simple Magazine, Salon.com, Petside, Freekibblekat, The Toronto Star, Canada Globe and Mail, Animal Rescue Site, The Daily Cat, Feline Wellness Magazine, Advisory Council Pet360.com, This Wild Life, The Cat Channel, Pets Magazine, The Circle, New Republic, The Sunrise Show, Yahoo.com, Herald Sun, Toronto Star, and countless others. See our Media Room below for the latest.

Feline behavior therapy is very different from canine behavior therapy and the approach to changing a cat’s behavior is even more unique. Cats do not display obedience problems like dogs. The help you need is not focused on physical or verbal behavior modification strategies, like dog training with a dog trainer present. All cat behaviorists conduct consultations by phone or video via Skype. Our behavior plans are specific to cats and still allow for the natural feline instincts, but when and where you want them displayed. We will cover the behavior plan during the phone or video consultation and offer follow-up over the course of several weeks for all of our consultation programs.

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