The Understood Cat
Because cat behaviour shouldn't be a problem
I’m Sue Hartley, an experienced, qualified, professional cat behaviour counsellor (or cat ‘behaviourist’ as we’re sometimes called) based in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.
I provide cat behaviour and welfare advice and practical support to help you, your cat and your relationship.
It’s tempting to think of cats as small fluffy dogs, but cats are different. Often enigmatic and subtle in how they behave and communicate, they’re not always easy to ‘read’ and understand.
Cats can sometimes behave in ways that are natural and normal for them but may be difficult for us to live with, even after doing all the right things to take care of them.
Cats are good at masking how they’re feeling (e.g. stressed, unhappy, poorly) so they don’t appear vulnerable. With busy lives, people may not notice that something’s not right from their cat’s perspective, so problem behaviour isn’t just a problem for the people involved, it can be a problem for the cat too.
People may try to resolve their cat’s behaviour on their own seeking advice online or from friends, family or work colleagues. Unfortunately, inappropriate advice, no matter how well intentioned, can sometimes make unwanted behaviour worse. This can mean an issue continues to impact on the cat’s wellbeing as well as putting further strain on the relationship between the person and their cat.
Seeking professional cat behaviour advice can help to stop any unwanted behaviour arising, ‘nip’ a developing issue ‘in the bud’ or help with more long-term unwanted behaviour.
Never feel embarrassed about seeking help, unwanted behaviour can develop with any cat, regardless of how well they're cared for and loved.
Without judging and using only kind, effective, 'cat friendly' methods, I’m here to help you understand your cat better, provide advice and practical support to help you with your cat's behaviour, whilst supporting their welfare so you can relax in the knowledge that your cat is happy and thriving.