Feline Behavior Modification
About Fetchers Behavior ModificationUnderstanding your cats primitive needs is the key to having a harmonious mutually beneficial relationship.
Fetchers Feline Behavior modification service is offered by Cat Behaviorist: Emmy Syversen at Fetchers in Fargo, ND. At Fetchers, our goal is to create a specific training plan that aligns with your cat’s primitive needs. We will use your goals and your cat’s personality and needs to create a training plan that will lead to combined success and harmony in the home. We follow training methods that include positive reinforcement, counter-conditioning, and desensitization. Additionally, we don't provide any corrective methods that involve pain or fear when addressing an issue. Not only does this method not work but it would cause the situation to escalate in severity. Our guidance is a gentle and enjoyable process for you and your cat to learn how to better fit into your shared world together. If it's anything cat related, we can help!
We have the knowledge and experience to manage, resolve, and prevent many types of cat behavior issues such as:
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Are you stuck feeling helpless or frustrated with your cats behaviors?Our Behavior Modification services aim to help prevent rehoming and build a better understanding of feline behavior and psychology. Please choose us before considering rehoming!
Level 1 SupportFor addressing one minor problem or general cat education.
Level 2 SupportFor a little more time explaining and addressing one or two minor problems, general cat education, and developing a customized plan.
Level 3 SupportA comprehensive thorough plan that will address a single cat with multiple, serious, or long term issues, aggression, or any scenario in which you would like a few follow ups meetings.
Level 4 SupportA comprehensive thorough plan that will address multi-cat homes with multiple, serious, or long term issues, aggression, or any scenario in which you would like a few follow ups meetings.
New Adoption PlanningThis service is for preparing an owner for a new kitten, rescue, or foster adoption scenario to set up your cat for success proactively
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Hello, I am Emmy,
the Feline Behaviorist here at Fetchers. I have been around cats my entire life. Growing up, my family mostly had farm cats, but we did have one indoor cat named Bailey. He was a black and white Domestic Shorthair. He used to hiss and swat at us kids when we would walk by and it honestly scared younger me. As I got older, I learned to understand that he wasn't just doing that to be mean, but he was uncomfortable and he was trying to tell us. He was one of the reasons why I decided to become a feline behaviorist; I know that he isn't the only cat who is misunderstood by their family.
I currently have 3 cats, 2 horses, and a dog of my own. I have two Domestic Shorthairs named Beaker and Dorothy, and a Scottish Fold named Sophia. My horses are Stitch, a first generation AQHA Appendix, and Jumba, a Quarter Horse/Appaloosa cross. Colt, my dog, is a Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. Between Fetchers and my little zoo at home, I can always stay busy!As a feline behaviorist, my goal is to help owners and their cats reach a harmonious lifestyle. Unfortunately, when someone is having an issue with their cat, the easy fix for them may be to rehome their cat or give them to a shelter. Through the programs Fetchers offers, I want to help owners get to know their cat and educate them on why their cat is acting the way they are and fix it.
I am currently a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). I continue my feline behaviorist education by taking classes through the IAABC and reading books.
Something that I want all cat owners to know is that there are no overnight, miracle fixes. Changing a cat's behavior requires time, effort, and consistency. Through positive reinforcement, counter-conditioning, and desensitization, I am able to help you and your cat reach your goals.
When I brought home my second cat, Gully, I was nervous to introduce him to my current cat, Woody. I wasn’t sure where to start so I reached out to Emmy for help. She helped me walk through the process step by step to ensure that they were introduced correctly. I wanted to start off on the right foot and she helped me and my cats succeed!Maggie S and her two cats, Gully and Woody
I have had my cat for 4 years, ever since she was a kitten. She suddenly started to go outside of the litter box. I was at a loss and didn’t want to get rid of her. Emmy helped me figure out why she wasn’t using her litter box and how to get her back to using it again! She saved my relationship with my cat!Katie C and her cat Bella