“My partner and I recently had a consultation with Tabitha and Chirrups and Chatter, for our two cats. We have never worked with a behavior consultant before, and did so after I found the Chirrups and Chatter website online. We highly recommend the services offered, as it has made a major improvement in our home.
Our story: this year, we lost two cherished pets. Our senior cat Myrtle was adopted just a couple of years ago, and we knew we may not have much time with her. More unexpectedly was the loss of our American Bulldog mix, Monet. After both Monet and Myrtle passed within a week of each other, we started to notice some changes in our remaining two cats' behavior. Phineas, the elder cat began to routinely stalk and beat up Jack, who is more laid back. It got so bad that we eventually had to separate them. We have worked out a system of "rotation", where one cat gets to be upstairs and the other downstairs, but we wanted to better understand what was happening and see if there is a possibility of reintroduction. Reading about cat conflict on the Chirrups and Chatter site, we decided to work with Tabitha.
Tabitha wildly exceeded our expectations. What struck me first was her thorough approach and research before she ever met the cats. Her questionnaire that we completed for each cat requested details on where the cats came from, their full medical histories, and personality traits. While filling it out, I went down memory lane and began to realize that how we interacted and cared for our cats could contribute to situations like the one we were dealing with.
When Tabitha arrived for the scheduled consultation, she immediately took time to inspect the home and also check our common indicators that could be causing stress to both cats. I hadn't even considered that the cats were stressed! She met both Phineas and Jack, and immediately began to show us how their body language was an indication of things. Again, Tabitha was very thorough, offering detailed explanations and suggestions. It was almost like a whole world of experiences that the cats have, we were missing. Most importantly, she suggested that the loss of our dog and other cat had possibly shifted the dynamics of the house, and that there may have been some grieving that we weren't paying attention to. This could be what set off the bullying. Tabitha was able to make an assessment, and together we came up with a plan on how to alleviate the tension between the two cats.
Within a couple of days of the consultation, Tabitha sent documentation for the plan of giving Phineas more enrichment and increasing Jack's confidence. We started right away, and within a day or so there were positive changes! Part of this was that we were able to pay more close attention to the cats' body language, thanks to Tabitha's instruction. We're playing and structuring their world a bit more. Things have been getting better and better since. Tabitha has checked in as part of the post-consultation, and her feedback has helped us tweaked things for even better results. Both cats are happier, and we believe they will be reintroduced soon.
Again, I highly recommend Tabitha and Chirrups and Chatter. In our home, until now the cats were somewhat afterthoughts when it came to assessments and training. But we now realize that this especially important. Having an expert like Tabitha give us the basics has made a giant difference in our home. We're very thankful and look forward to working with her again.“
-Sarah Greywitt & Fred Mowery
“What can I say? Our lives were literally changed within 24 hours once she got to the root of the problem with our cat. Her depth of knowledge and thorough explanations are so welcome and incredibly helpful in learning more about cat behavior. She is the cat whisperer. I could not recommend her enough to anyone. If more people utilized services like this, I believe a lot less animals would end up abandoned, in shelters, or worse. Tabitha is worth every single penny and many more!”
“I have been working with Tabitha in a professional setting for over a year now. She is our technician and behavior consultant for a program called Neighborhood Pets that is helping keep pets in their homes. We see a variety of pets every day and clients that really need resources. No one handles the animals better than Tabitha and she is great with our clients. She meets them where they are with respect and gives them extremely valuable information that otherwise they would not have access to. So many of the pets that come in have had terrible vet experiences and Tabitha works so hard to create the most fear free and positive interactions. Our clients are often in tears of joy when they leave our vaccine clinics because they see a side of their pets that they did not think was possible. She is extremely passionate about this work and helping the world see its value.”
“As a veterinary technician and behavior consultant who I have worked with for several years, Tabitha is a highly skilled technician along with being very knowledgeable about animal health and behavior. She has excellent client communication skills and can work well with people to come to solutions for behavioral problems in their pets. She is also an advocate for low stress handling of animals which really helps put the pets and their owners at ease. I would highly recommend Tabitha to my clients for behavioral consultations as she is dedicated, passionate and educated on this very important topic. She is even willing to go to the homes of clients so she can observe the pets in their own surroundings which is imperative to truly understanding and correcting adverse behaviors.”
- Dr. Amy Wolfgang, Veterinarian
"Two enthusiastic thumbs up! Any cat owner would be well advised to schedule a consult with Tabitha. No matter how astute a cat owner you may be, there is something you can learn from her to improve your furkids' lives with you. I would especially recommend this for multiple cat households. We have six cats (and now a kitten), and Tabitha gave us a ton of great tips to improve their relationships. Our cats benefited and yours will too!"
- Liz Drust Khrenovsky
"I wanted to thank Chirrups and Chatter for all of the guidance with helping my boys handle our recent move with as little stress as possible. I was really concerned about how my cats would handle adjusting to their new home, especially since several are special needs and stress easily. However, with Tabitha’s guidance we are making great strides and they have adjusted better than I could have imagined! Starting with the playing of Through A Cats Ear in a warm car during travel, to the set up of blankets that smelled like Home and places to hide in their “safe haven” home, and arguable most importantly, the reminder that they each deserve the choice to explore and adjust on their own terms. Tabitha’s guidance greatly helped all of our adjustment periods to finding our ‘new normal’. I am happy to say that every kitty, even my most shy, are now exploring for several hours a day. We are doing lots of treat training sessions to keep our minds busy, enjoying bird watching through our backyard windows and emphasizing that Feliway is our best friend! I know that the skills with Tabitha has taught us will help with vet visits and other changes to their normal outside of this move. I look forward to continuing to learn and thank Chirrups and Chatter for all of their guidance!"
- Shelby Walchanowicz
"Tabitha gave great pointers on how to positively introduce a new kitten to my household and had awesome ideas for DIY puzzle feeders to help keep him enriched while I was at work. Her talks about both fear free/low stress handling for veterinary visits and about cat behavior in general are also very informative. I always manage to learn something new from her to better my understanding of my own cats’ behavior. I can understand why my cat reacts to something a certain way. I can then make steps to change an undesired behavior without just getting endlessly frustrated, placing more stress on my cat."
- Liz Waynick, Registered Veterinary Technician
“As both a Registered Veterinary Technician and a pet parent, Tabitha has provided me with valuable information and support. I work with a Veterinary Oncologist and we are very hands on with our cancer patients. I have been able to get advice from Tabitha that helps keep my patients calm and comfortable during chemotherapy treatments, while making my job much easier. When my own cat was diagnosed with renal failure, I was upset and not thinking logically. Tabitha was a big comfort to me and reminded me of easy changes I could make at home so I could provide subcutaneous fluid treatments, while keeping my cat happy! Tabitha’s knowledge and compassion are a huge asset to the veterinary community and our clients. But be careful, her passion is contagious!”
- Kelley G, Registered Veterinary Technician
"Tabitha is one of the most knowledgeable and compassionate people I know when it comes to helping cats! Her techniques allow for cats to experience less stress, which in turn makes for happier cats and happier people that interact with them. Our rescue turns to her when we need help with issues regarding shelter or in-home behavior problems, questions about handling “difficult” cats and feline education opportunities. She always has the kitty’s best interest in mind, and it’s easy to see her passion for helping animals in everything she does!!"
- Michelle Wheadon, Tails from the City
"Tabitha is passionate, motivated, enthusiastic and caring. Her ability to handle cats and knowledge of cat behavior is an asset to our veterinary community and I would not hesitate to recommend her services."
- Dr. Debra Kotloff, Veterinarian