About Me

have a BSc and an MSc in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln.

My training and experience has given me an in-depth and current understanding of cat behaviour and welfare and the skills to get to the root cause of a cat's behaviour and develop effective, 'cat friendly' behaviour plans tailored to the cat, client and their situation.  Over the years, I've helped many clients with their cat's behaviour whilst also enhancing the wellbeing of the cats I'm working with.

I’ve been working with cats for over 10 years through my previous role as Feline Welfare Manager at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and currently as a cat behaviourist. 


I continue to work with Battersea developing cat related content for their website and social media channels and as an Academy facilitator training others on cat behaviour and welfare.  Here's a short video of my time at Battersea.

Sue Hartley, Cat Behaviourist, The Understood Cat, Harrogate

The RSPCA advises members of the public to work with behaviourists who are members of reputable professional organisations or Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourists.

I'm a chartered member of the British Psychological Society, a provisional member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and a candidate member of the Fellowship of Animal Behaviour Clinicians working towards accreditation as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB).

I’m covered by specialist professional insurance and have an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.