I first became interested in cat behaviour when I was working at an animal shelter. I wanted to learn more about the feline residents and how to make their environment better suited to their behavioural needs.
I have since completed a Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing, a Cert IV in Companion Animal Services, a Diploma in Feline Behaviour and Psychology 'with distinction' through the Centre of Excellence and an Advanced Certificate in Feline Nursing and Behaviour through International Cat Care. I am currently completing a Diploma in Advanced Feline Behaviour through Compass in the UK and have just embarked on yet further study through the International Society of Feline Medicine.
In my work at a veterinary hospital, I am often called upon to speak with clients about cat behaviour and felt it was time I turned that into my own consultancy - and so "Cattitude" was born.
I am constantly updating and adding to my skills base through further study so that I can bring the very latest in cat behaviour research to my clients.
I am a committee member of the Pet Professional Guild Australia and a member of the Delta Institute, professional bodies with codes of ethics I abide by in my work with clients and their pets. I am a force-free, positive reinforcement advocate in all of my work.
I am also a qualified dog trainer so am equipped to help solve problems between cats and dogs in the family home.
I currently share my home with two cats - a handsome 17yo gent named "Mr Poo" (long story) and a sassy 13yo lady named "Lily". There's also my husband and two dogs - all of whom the cats...ummm...tolerate!