Feline behaviour Consultations:
Feline behaviour consultations are only conducted at the Wagenrenk Veterinary Specialist Clinic by appointment only. Under very special circumstances home visits can be arranged. To make an appointment please phone 0317-419120 during regular working hours.
Examples of typical feline behaviour problems that can be diagnosed and treated:
- Aggression to people or cats or other animals
- Anxiety disorders e.g. separation anxiety, noise phobias (such as fireworks or storms), fear of objects, fear of people or places such as the veterinary clinic
- Compulsive or bnormal repetitive movement behaviours such as constant licking/grooming (self or others), wool sucking
- Housesoiling (urinating (peeing), defecating (pooing) outside of the litter box or spraying in the house)
- Hyperactivity and/or hyper reactivity
- Cognitive dysfunction (dementia)
- Hyperaesthesia, self-mutilation
During the consultation:
The initial consultation will last approximately 1- 1.5 hours depending on the complexity of your cat’s case. During that time, we will:
- Take a detailed history of your cat’s behavioural and medical history
- Perform a physical examination (if appropriate) on your cat, and discuss any additional testing that may be needed
- Make one or several behavioural diagnoses
- Present you with a management plan that will include any necessary medication, behaviour modification, environmental enrichment and management recommendations.
Comprehensive (Standard) Cat Behaviour Consultation:
Due to the complex nature of behaviour problems, the owner education and involvement necessary to treat them, cat behaviour appointments require a large block of time, usually up to one and a half hours. In some cases, 30-60 minute in clinic follow up consultations will be recommended during the course of therapy for re-assessment. Usually 3-4 of these will be necessary in the first year for successful management of more complex behaviour problems. However, the need for follow up visits varies from case to case and we will advise you whether they are warranted in your particular case.
Follow up Behaviour Consultation:
After your initial appointment and depending on the nature of the problem, you may advised to set up a Follow up Consultation so your pet’s progress can be monitored, adjustments to the treatment plan and/or medicationmay be made and so that guidance may be provided for long term management. The need for follow up visits varies from case to case. A Follow up Consultation must occur within 6 months of any of our other behaviour consultations otherwise a new comprehensive (standard) cat behaviour consultation will be required.