Feline behaviorist: what is this job? What disorders can cats treat?


Your cat shows behavioral problems and you cannot find solutions? Does it annoy you, annoy you or worry you and the vet does not know how to answer your questions?

Don’t panic, you can call on a feline behaviorist! This professional will know how to solve your worries and restore serenity to the cat and its owner, explanations …

Who is the feline behaviorist?

The feline behaviorist is an animal behaviorist who generally looks after cats, dogs and horses. He was able to specialize in the feline field even if this remains rare, mainly because of the clientele, much more used to calling on the behaviorist when they own a dog.

The profession of feline behaviorist

The feline behaviorist can work in a veterinary practice, but most often works on his own as a liberal profession. He can receive his client in his premises, but he usually travels to his home to study and analyze the exchanges between the master and his cat.

There is no specific course to become a feline behaviorist. The majority of further studies in the field are provided by private training organizations and are accessible with the bac level. However, there are many animal behaviorists who hold the title of veterinary assistant and the CCAD (Certificate of Capacity for Pets) cat option.

The skills of the feline behaviorist

Concretely, the feline behaviorist is neither a veterinarian (or rarely), nor a feline educator. He is an analyst, knowing the felines, their needs and their behavioral problems.

As such, he can provide owners and future owners of cats with all the necessary advice regarding the reception of the cat in its new environment or even anticipate a new arrival (dog, spouse, child) so that everything goes as well as possible.

But sometimes advice is not enough, or the cat has already adopted unusual behaviors that the owner cannot stop. It is then that the feline behaviorist visits you to detect the origin of the problem and put in place the appropriate solutions to solve it.

The intervention of the feline behaviorist

In summary, the Feline Behaviorist works in three phases to treat the disorders your pet is experiencing. So, he :

  • Identifies the differences between the ethogram (behavior) of the cat and its lifestyle
  • Understands and detects cohabitation problems (animals, humans, environment)
  • Offers a personalized resolution of the problems encountered

Cat disorders that the animal behaviorist can remedy

Your companion has needs that are unique to their species and character. If these are not taken into account or taken into account poorly, he can develop transient or lasting behavioral problems.

Among the most frequent disorders that should alert you, we can note the following:

  • Sudden aggression
  • Uncleanliness
  • Self-harm
  • Excessive licking
  • The untimely meows
  • Agitated or on the contrary depressive attitudes
  • Irrational fear
  • Leakage or motor agitation, etc.

As in humans, feline behavioral disorders are numerous and vary from individual to individual. If these manifestations are not linked to a disease, it is a behavioral disorder which can be remedied by adopting good practices. Note that the behaviorist always intervenes after the veterinarian, in order to rule out any risk of disease explaining feline behavioral disorders.

Thanks to his advice, willpower and patience, everything should return to normal between you and your cat in the days, weeks or months following the visit of the feline behaviorist.