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THE CAT LAB

AN INFORMATION HUB FOR CAT OWNERS

Cat Lab

DOES YOUR CAT HAVE BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS?
YOU COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE...

CAT LAB WAS CREATED FOR CAT OWNERS 
WHO NEED HELP

Are you dealing with frustrating behaviour problems with your cat, or cats? Are they doing things you wish they wouldn't, or cannot understand?

Don't suffer in silence, get an experienced helping hand, so you can get back to enjoying a harmonious relationship with your feline friend. 

Happy Cat and Cat Owner

'I love my cat dearly, but they are driving me crazy!' is a common thing we hear. We want to hear from committed owners like you and provide you with the help you need. A Cat Behaviourist can help you to understand, and rectify unwanted behaviour issues. 

Our Services Are Available Australia Wide - No Matter Where You Live

Dionna Newton - Cat Behaviourist

WHY DID I CREATE THE CAT LAB?
TO HELP CATS IN THEIR OWN HOMES

I'm Dionna, a Cat Behaviourist and founder of Animal Behaviour Australia. One of the biggest issues I faced when performing cat behaviour consultations in Veterinary Clinics was a cat's behaviour changes in the clinic environment. I couldn't see your cat's true personality. This meant getting to the root cause of the behaviour problem was laboured and tricky. The same was true when I went to client's homes. Most cats act differently when a stranger is in their home. 

I have practised as a behaviourist for over two decades having performed hundreds of cat behaviour consultations in person. Pre-COVID, I developed a concept of assessing clients' cats in their own homes via video call to improve the efficiency of results. I see your cat as a sneaky, intruder! They are completely unaware, so act normally. I get to see their normal environment, and true picture, warts and all! It seemed novel back then; clients had to be convinced they were getting a superior service. However, COVID has helped people understand the advantages of video calls. 

Dionna Newton BSc (Hons) AdvDipCABT VN

The CAT LAB allows me to assess your cat's behaviour in their home. I am a fly on the wall, meaning your cat is completely unaware I am performing a behaviour consultation. Video call technology allows me to see your cat's true personality and behaviour. This is vitally important. Showing me around your cat's environment, where they sleep, eat, toilet, play, favourite haunts, the garden, etc, can also prove very useful. Each piece of information helps me to get to the root cause of your cat's behaviour problems, quickly. Insert, a phew from you! Once I have worked out the root cause, and the motivations driving your cat's behaviour, I help you to design an efficient plan to address the unwanted behaviour. We design a tailored plan to fix their problems together. A plan you are happy with and feel is achievable. Every single cat case is different. That is why I love them...

The process I use has been tailored over decades and is the best way for cat owners to get help. If you need convincing, check out the Google reviews.

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AS A CAT BEHAVIOUR SPECIALIST I CAN HELP YOU WITH THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS:

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Inappropriate Toileting / Litter Box Issues

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Anxiety & Separation Anxiety

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Spraying & Marking

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Excessive Vocalisation

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Territory Disputes With Neighbourhood Cats

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Needy or Restless Behaviours

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Fighting Between Bonded Companion Cats

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Demanding Behaviours - Food, Fuss, Attention

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

New Cat Integration Into The Household

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Destructive Behaviours - Scratching, Chewing

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Aggressive Behaviour to Family & Other Pets

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Grief Related Decreased Mood State

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Redirected Aggression

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Waking Household Up Early / Keeping Up Late 

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Intermittent Aggression & Aggressive Play

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Unwanted Prey Drive

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Unruly Behaviour

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

PICA - Eating Non Edible Items

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Mental Stimulation

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Advice on Catio's / Cat Enclosures

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Cat Training

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Desensitisation to New Things

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Moving Home With Your Cat

Unwanted Cat Behaviour

Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

Common Cat Behaviour Issues

Above are some of the common cat behaviour issues I help clients with. However, I help cat owners to combat varied and complex unwanted behaviours. It is impossible to list them all.

"Get advice early because the sooner we start to turn things around, the easier it will be for you. That said, if you have been struggling for years, don't feel defeated. Get the right advice and start moving forward positively. It is never too late." 

Dionna Newton BSc (Hons) AdvDipCABT VN

FIND THE ANSWERS TO THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS CLIENTS ASK BEFORE BOOKING:

Which Type of Consultation?

WHICH TYPE OF CONSULTATION IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

FIND OUT MORE HERE

Cat Behaviour
Dionna Newton - Founder of the Cat Lab

There are two types of consultation: 

The Behaviour Consultation:

For cats with existing problem behaviours or behaviours you want to modify.

Such as any of the cat behaviour problems listed above. 

The Preventative Consultation:

For cats with no existing behaviour problems, and you want to ensure it remains that way.

"Prevention is better than cure." This consultation is like getting a Behaviour vaccination for your cat! Great for a new cat you have adopted, or a kitten.

Click on the buttons below for more information on the consultation options. 

Are you struggling to cope with your cat's unwanted behaviour problems? Please don't despair. A Behaviour (Modification) Consultation is the right one for you. We will work to determine the underlying motivations so you can understand the reasons behind the unwanted behaviour. Then I give you the the knowledge and tools to fix or modify your cat's problematic behaviour.

When one client who had been struggling with her cat's behaviour for many years thanked me she said, 'This information is not available on Google.' It made me laugh. Most people don't realise how complicated a behaviour case is. But then, it's my job to make it look easy... 

Online Behaviour Consultation

Have you already dealt with your cat's challenging behaviours? Or, is your cat perfect already? If you cannot answer yes to these questions, then the Behaviour Consultation is right for you. The process is quite different for dealing with pesky behaviour problems... If you have answered yes, please read on. 

Do you want the very best for your cat? A Preventative Behaviour Consultation is the right one for you. And I can tell you now, I love you already! Because I know that your furry friend has a gold star owner.

Owners who prioritize their cat's lifelong well-being will find this consultation invaluable. Any cat, any age is suitable, and it doesn't matter how long you have owned them or how experienced you are.

Especially think about booking if you have just adopted a cat or brought home a furry kitten ball.

To the recent cat adopters, thank you! I can help you.

To the kitten owner. Congrats! and you need this consultation 🙂

Or are you;

Introducing a new baby? (Congrats!)

Expecting changes to your current lifestyle?

Moving home?

Getting new housemates?

Changing your job, work hours or location?

About to introduce your new partner?

 

Most cat behaviour problems can be prevented.  A Preventative Consultation is like getting a behavioural vaccination and is just as important as vaccinating your pet against disease. 'An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'.

Dionna Newton - Founder of Animal Behaviour Australia

WHAT MY CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY:

"I have seen remarkable changes in my cats! I can't thank you enough Dionna!"

Renita Illingworth - QLD

"We saw great improvement with our cat’s mood once we started implementing Dionna’s advice and cannot recommend her service and expertise highly enough."

Adwena Shemon - NSW

"She gave heaps of tips and tricks and more importantly helped me understand my kitten better."

Angela Hancock - TAS

Toffee & Zora

Renita Illingworth - Toffee & Zora
QLD

Highly recommend! If you are experiencing any problems with your cats, Dionna is the person who can help you! I was amazed at how much knowledge Dionna has and the way she explains how cat brains work and pairs this with practical helpful strategies that work, is amazing and life changing for you and your pets!  I have seen remarkable changes in my cats! I can't thank you enough Dionna!

UPDATE:

Dionna's help gave us the best Christmas Miracle! As my two cats were suffering with misdirected aggression. Through following the advice, my cats were able to join us and we were gifted with the best Christmas gift ever! Which has been my two furr babies rekindling their friendship! It has just been amazing watching it emerge! They are now chilling out together, they rub against each other, starting to play again together.

Ripley

Adwena Shemon & Ripley
NSW

We booked in several sessions with Dionna after moving apartments with our cat. The big change and move to a new environment sadly caused our kitty to experience a very stressful spiral. Dionna’s helpful, friendly and thorough approach saw us understand our cat and her temperament in a whole new light.

 

We saw great improvement with our cat’s mood once we started implementing Dionna’s advice and cannot recommend her service and expertise highly enough.

 

Animal Behaviour Australia will be our go to whenever it comes to ongoing behavioural care for our nervous kitty in the future. You needn’t look any further when it comes to looking after your furry family members and their way of behaving than here.

Gigi & Lily

Maggie Ralston - Gigi & Lily
NSW

I accessed Dionna Newton's services in December last year.
 

She was very helpful, knowledgeable and supportive. I wanted her help and advice about whether it would be a good idea to get another cat companion for the existing resident cat.


I liked Dionna's approach that combined knowledge, expertise and a friendly manner without being pushy. I even learnt new things that would help me with whatever decision I made.

UPDATE:
By the way I did adopt another kitten.
Please meet Gigi and Lily, two friends comfortable with each other.

Lunar

Nik Lunar
VIC

Not long had my session with Dionna. She was fantastic and really understanding about my situation. 

She had some fantastic strategies and really helped me understand my cat’s predatory/prey behaviour, without being judgemental. 

I would definitely recommend Animal Behaviour Australia to anyone in need. Your furbaby will thank you for it in the end.

Emmet

Kristy Grant & Emmet
QLD

Dionna is very knowledgeable and caring.

 

I had an appointment for my cat who suffers redirected aggression and I've come away from the appointment with a bunch of ways to help him.

 

I would recommend this service to anyone with pets!

Minnie

Angela Hancock & Minnie
TAS

I was extremely satisfied with the advice i received from Dionna, she gave insight into why my Minnie was misbehaving.

 

She gave heaps of tips and tricks and more importantly helped me understand my kitten better.

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