“…things are great—you are a genius!”
~ Laura Scaduto & Massimo
“I highly recommend Alana Stevenson…”
I highly recommend Alana Stevenson to anyone having trouble with an aggressive or rambunctious cat or kitten. Ms. Stevenson helped me address several issues I was having with my kitten Sam, who was about six months old at the time of her visit. She was gentle with Sam, even when he was biting. Her practical tips on how to work through Sam’s behavior issues helped me to limit his biting, make sure he had plenty of playtime and appropriate toys, and eventually got Sam to sleep through the night on my bed.
Ms. Stevenson’s reassuring demeanor, innovative suggestions for dealing with behavior issues, and clear fondness for working humanely with animals made her a great choice to help with Sam. Sam and I are currently having a great time together, and we are both happy Ms. Stevenson was there to help along the way!
~ Kate Brogan & Sam
Lily & Max
“We haven’t seen any cord chewing at all.”
Things have been going quite well with Lily since your visit. We haven’t seen any cord chewing at all. We actually just got back last night from a week’s vacation. While we were gone we gave them free reign of the house and had no chewing of plants or cords. So, we are quite pleased with how things are going. We also have changed our behavior and never yell at them when they jump on the table or counter. We just remove them with no eye contact and redirect to something else. So far so good! Thanks so much for your consultation and concern for the cats.
~ Michele & Rob Naugler, Lily & Max
Sam & Sophie
“No further attacks on Sophie by Sam”
I just wanted to follow up with you on Sam and Sophie. They’re doing very well. No further attacks on Sophie by Sam, and Sophie is no longer hiding and acting like the victim. Sam can still get entranced by his reflection, but we’ve been very successful with distracting him when that happens. He no longer howls or hisses at his reflection or at Sophie. We’ve changed our screened porch so he is not able to see ground level easily, and there’s been no encounters with the outdoor cat so far (Sam’s been in and out on the porch for the past few weeks). We don’t let him on the porch unless we’re around, so we can watch for problems. Thank you again for all your help.
~ Sharyn Kazarian, Sam & Sophie
Colby & Alani
“Colby and Alani are getting along like they did when they were younger!”
I wanted to write to you to give you and update and to THANK YOU for all of your help! Aside from a few warranted smacks to Colby’s face, Colby and Alani are getting along like they did when they were younger! They play and chase, but all fun and games! They have even stated to cuddle again!! I’ve attached a picture of the two of them yesterday evening at my moms before I brought them back to Hoboken with me! Each visit to my moms there would be less drama. It was a lot of work, but what I found worked the most was letting Alani roam freely through the house with Colby put in a room. Boosting her confidence made a world of difference! Thank you again so much for your help!!
~ Jillian Torzewski, Colby & Alani
“Rocky has not had any accidents”
Everything has been going great with Rocky since Alana visited us and Rocky has not had any accidents. I switched her litter boxes to be bigger and have been playing with her on my bed regularly.
I had trouble pinpointing what exactly was causing Rocky to pee outside of the litter box. Alana helped with strategies to improve the litter box situation, strategies to deter Rocky, and what to look for to determine if it is a behavioral or a medical issue the next time she pees (which hasn’t happened yet!). ~ Susan Roberts & Rocky
Hope & Kk
“You definitely saved my sanity & my house.”
…things are continuing to go well. Hope consistently goes in the box in the office. The cats seem to be getting more comfortable having each other around. There have been no fights or growling. Twice when Hope has been running from the living room into the dining room she has startled Kk who has hissed at her. They look at each other for a few seconds, but then they both just go their own ways. Lately when she comes out to the dining room & he is on the table & sees her he meows at her, but doesn’t approach her. It almost seems like he’s making a friendly overture. She will look at him but then just goes back to doing whatever it is that she was doing. I’ve been giving them a lot of positive attention when they are in the room together.
Hope continues to spend a lot of time with me in my office & the living room. She actually seems to seek me out much more during the day than she did. I haven’t tried picking her up yet, but have worked with increased petting & schooching during treat time. Thanks so much for all the help that you’ve given me. I really appreciate it. You definitely saved my sanity & my house. 🙂 ~ Marisa Baronas, Hope & Kk
Kittybear & Zozo
“I’m so grateful for Alana’s help…”
A couple of weeks after I adopted Kittybear, he began biting me. The biting progressed until he was regularly biting my face and attacking my arm. That’s when I contacted Alana. During her visit Alana taught me a lot about cat development, why Kittybear was biting, and what I could do to help the situation. After the consultation, Kittybear’s behavior with me improved. Alana taught me ways to respond to Kittybear so he wouldn’t be so play-aggressive with me. Alana also recommended I adopt another kitty for Kittybear.
A month later, I decided to follow her advice. Alana assisted me with what type of cat to adopt who would be right for Kittybear and how to introduce them so they would become friends. She guided me on the age, size, sex, and temperament I should look for. When I brought Zozo home, we had a phone consultation. Alana taught me how to integrate the kittens and what signs of progress I should see.
Thanks to Alana’s help, Zozo and Kittybear became comfortable with each other very quickly. They wrestle with each other every day, and also groom each other and play. Kittybear hasn’t bitten me at all since I brought Zozo home. I’m so grateful for Alana’s help, for teaching me about how to better relate to Kittybear, opening me up to the idea of getting another kitten, guiding me to Zodiac, and helping to ensure that they got along great together. Not a day goes by when I’m not thankful that Zozo came into our lives. We’re a very happy family!
~ Beth Dayton, Kittybear & Zozo
“I wanted to thank you for your time and help…”
I wanted to thank you for your time and help with our pet issues.
At this point, the gates are up, the boxes in place, pheromones plugged in, and Dinah is using the boxes!
Yeah! Too bad I didn’t call you sooner.
~ Manya Stanciu & Dinah
“It is going really well – your advice has worked!”
It is going really well – your advice has worked! Dotty hasn’t pooped in the doorway since we moved the litter box. She is drinking more water too now that we moved it which is really good!
~ Megan Mueller & Dotty
“Alana’s advice has been invaluable …”
Alana’s advice has been invaluable in helping Asha become less anxious and happier in her environment. Asha was rescued off the street and had to be declawed because she constantly attacked people and animals. She has been living with me for one year and now enjoys being brushed and petted. She also enjoys playing with string toys, which in the beginning she found too frightening to do. She still doesn’t tolerate other cats well, but she continues to become more relaxed each day. I am grateful to have her in my life and grateful for Alana’s assistance in helping us develop a better relationship. ~ Kim A. & Asha, Phone Client
Renny, Vinnie, Maui & Penny
“We are a much more harmonious family now!”
I first met Alana when she was doing a seminar on cat behavior at a local shelter where I volunteer. I was so impressed with her in-depth knowledge and insight of cat behavior I asked her to help me and my husband with our four cats (3 blind and one three-legged) who were not getting along at the time. She spent two hours at our house analyzing their interactions and explained why there were issues. It was like a light bulb being switched on.
As soon as I understood the “why” behind the behavior and followed her recommendations the negative behaviors started to diminish. We are a much more harmonious family now!
~ Cyndi and Gary Pearce, Renny, Vinnie, Maui & Penny
“Alana was a great help…”
Alana was a great help when my cat Teddy, a full-bred Burmese, was a kitten. Although we had previously had full grown shelter cats, Teddy was our first kitten and we were completely unprepared for his scratching and attacking us as though we were prey items. Alana came to the house and explained to me how to redirect Teddy’s kitten energy away from me so he would no longer attack us. We then invited Alana back to help us train Teddy to use a leash and harness. Alana helped us pick a good harness for Teddy and to get him comfortable using it. Teddy is now a known fixture in our neighborhood as the cat who takes his humans for a walk.
We again consulted Alana when we decided to move Teddy’s box from the upstairs bathroom to the basement. Initially Teddy was having accidents where the old box was, but after Alana helped us pick the right litter box and train Teddy he never had an accident again. Prior to our finding Alana we had thought of giving Teddy away to another family—we can hardly believe we even contemplated that as he is now the center of family, much loved and very loving.
~ Helen Berger & Teddy
Bilbo & Gandolph
A case of redirected aggression with a happy ending!
My cats had been together for eight years—best of friends. One day, the neighbor’s cat peeked into my apartment through the back door and my cats began fighting horribly with one of them confining the other to hiding under the bed. The fighting was so bad and aggressive they simply had to be separated!!! I was DEVASTATED. I was even more distraught when I read online that it was a case of “redirected aggression” — one cat redirected his aggression from the intruder cat (who escaped in time) to the other cat. Several websites also said that it is a VERY hard situation to resolve and sometimes requires that one cat be placed in a different home. After more than a week, there seemed to be nothing I could do to make things better. I began to lose hope.
Alana came over at 3 pm on a Saturday. By 5 pm (the end of the session), my cats were able to tolerate being in the same room!! I continued with the retraining program exactly as Alana suggested that evening and the next morning in intervals, and to my great surprise and utter joy, after about 7 hours of training in total (i.e., by the early afternoon the next day) all aggression and hissing had stopped and by the late afternoon—so only about 24 hours after Alana left—THEY WERE ONCE AGAIN GROOMING ONE ANOTHER!!! I got my happy cats back!!!!
I am writing this as both of them are lying peacefully next to me. I have met many, many cat people in my life, I worked with an SPCA center, I introduced new cats to households, and I really didn’t think anyone could teach me anything new about how to handle cats. But Alana just blew me away. THANK YOU SO MUCH ALANA, not just from me, but also on behalf of Bilbo and Gandolph! ~ Tal Kenet, Bilbo & Gandolph
“Since your visit, Pouncer has only gone to the bathroom in his litter boxes.”
Since your visit, Pouncer has only gone to the bathroom in his litter boxes.
Success! Thank you very much and we will definitely recommend you to other pet owners.”
~ Carolyn and Jason Kramer & Pouncer
Mica & Megan
“…the new litter box arrangement you recommended has been working great.”
I think I neglected to tell you… the new litter box arrangement you recommended has been working great.
Mica covers his projects like a pro—no more pathetic scraping at plastic sides!
~ Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D., Phone Client
Emma & Charlie
“We’ve definitely had success using the methods you gave us.”
Emma spends a lot more time now on laps or on the bed instead of under it. Charlie and Emma are doing great. They will walk up to each other and touch noses sometimes, or rub their cheeks together.
We finally got to the point where they can be together at night, so we are both back to sleeping in our normal bed (hooray!) Emma is finally using the steps to get up onto the bed. So, good news all around. Thanks so much for all your help! ~ Elizabeth Grimm, Emma & Charlie, Phone Client
Lily & Sophia
“Alana is a lifesaver!”
“When my kitties, Lily and Sophia, got into a fight one night, it was unusual in its intensity. What was unusual was how Lily continued to react to her big sister, Sophia, for the following hours and days. She was hissing, growling, and hiding to the point where I had to separate them. This was painful to me because they are sisters from the same litter, are very bonded, and have never been apart.
When the behavior continued—as did additional fighting—I started looking for help and found Alana. She had me shoot some video of the behavior, answer some questions, and then we met via Skype. She taught me things about feline behavior I never knew (even after being a cat guardian since I was a child). Not only was it incredibly interesting, she was able to identify the source of the behaviors and gave me the methods I needed to resolve the problems. With a few simple corrections to break the behavior patterns, my girls were back to themselves almost over night. Every now and then, they will get into an argument, but now I know how to break it up and correct through positive reinforcement. And it works every time. Alana is a lifesaver!”
~ Jen Smith, Manchester NH, Skype Client
“I called Alana and it changed everything.”
Alana helped me with both my cats, Nadine and Dora. With Alana’s guidance Dora became a new cat and Nadine gained enough confidence to be petted and to be accepting of guests when they’d come to visit. Dora came to me at seven months after living on the streets and being found under the hood of a car. She was a bundle of fear and anxiety. She would become agitated at the slightest noise and did not know how to respond to a loving touch. I had taken Dora to a very well-known veterinarian, who prescribed Prozac, with disastrous results. I called Alana and it changed everything. Through Alana’s methods of positive reinforcement, patience and direction, Dora was able to develop trust and have a sense of peace in her life. Now she is a totally different cat and comes to me every night and waits for me to pick her up and give her a hug.
Alana also helped me with my other cat, Nadine. Nadine came to me from a home where people did not treat her well. Like Dora, she was very fearful of everyone. Alana taught me how to work with Nadine so that she would accept me petting her and so that she would be less fearful of visitors. The same methods that helped Dora also worked with little Nadine, who became much happier and more social, and was a loving companion to all of us. We are very grateful for Alana’s help. ~ Kathy Mitchell, Dora & Nadine
“Alana helped us over the phone.”
Alana helped us over the phone. Quinto was a very scared cat when we found him and he would always run away whenever anyone would get too close to him.
Alana let us know we had a lot of work to do! After spending a few hours speaking with us, we were reassured that with kindness and patience, Quinto would come out of his shell and learn to trust us.
We played with Quinto with the Cat Dancer. He really loves his toy. He now sits on our laps and purrs when we touch him. He is still scared around strangers, but he doesn’t run and hide anymore when he meets new people like he used to do. He is so much better since we started behavior modification. ~ Jeff & Quinto, Phone Client
“…thank you for all your help with my cat.”
Just wanted to write to thank you for all your help with my cat. MiYammo has not only used her litter box exclusively since you advised me on changing the box, but she is also visibly a happier cat. She has been purring more often than not for the past few weeks. Her coat is super shiny and healthy thanks to the bonito flakes you recommended.
I got a new couch about two weeks ago, and she has taken it over as a napping and cuddling place— and NOT a litter box—so I am so happy.
~ Liz Clayman & MiYammo, Skype Client
Sasha & Lola
“Thanks again for your excellent counsel…”
“Thanks again for your excellent counsel and help in restoring peace to our household! The kitties are doing quite well now. They are affectionate with each other most of the time and despite there still being ups and down in their relationship, the downs are usually mild and transient. Thank you!”
~ Danit Bolotnikoff, Sasha & Lola, Skype Client
Casey & Sparky
“Alana truly helped me so I could keep both of my cats.”
“I own two rescue cats, Casey and Sparky. Casey was the first. He was lonely and needed a companion so we adopted Sparky. I did not anticipate what a challenge it would be to integrate the two because of Sparky’s aggression towards Casey. I’ve owned many cats and never experienced an extended period of escalating aggression. I thought I might have to return Sparky to the shelter after Casey got a deep wound that took several weeks to heal. I found Alana and contacted her because she uses humane training methods and I thought that the situation could be controlled with reputable, professional help.
Alana did not live in the immediate area that I lived in, but she was able to advise me using several methods. Alana read questionnaires I filled out, watched videos I took and consulted with me on Skype. Her assessment of the situation, including why Sparky was acting aggressively towards Casey, was extremely helpful. She made recommendations on steps I should immediately take to improve the situation. Sparky’s aggression lessened and Casey’s confidence improved after I followed Alana’s advice. Alana met with me again on Skype for additional support while I was reintroducing them. Today, the cats get along so much better. I also know what steps I should to take to maintain peace. Alana truly helped me so I could keep both of my cats.”
~ Karen Fontaine, Skype Client
“Thanks so much!”
I just wanted to thank you again for all the info a few weeks ago. Bodhi has been doing great with his new litter boxes and we are going on two weeks with no ‘accidents.’
Thanks so much!
~ Liz Eyerman & Bodhi
Jenny, Tippitai, & Hazel
“Thank you again for saving our sanity!”
“The cats are still using their litter box with no problems or messes and it’s awesome!!!! There’s no marking of the hallway rug or outside the bathroom any more and no pee outside the litter boxes. We even went away for 2 days at a time here and there and the person checking on our cats had no issues either! Strangely this is the best feeling ever! Thank you again for saving our sanity!”
~ Shannon and Brendan McArdle, Jenny, Tippitai, & Hazel, Skype Client