About Catnips – Feline advice

CATNIPS of Notting Hill

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is a cat care company founded in 2009 by Anita Kelsey, an accredited cat behaviourist (BA Hons – 1st, MCFBA,CIBDT). Anita is also a qualified cat groomer and specialises in grooming aggressive or phobic cats using ground breaking low stress handling techniques. She is a regular writer on feline behaviour for the CFBA (Canine and Feline Behaviour) magazine, The Cats Protection and Your Cat, as well as resident cat behaviourist for new on line pet magazine Style Tails.

My aim is to make cats lives as wonderful as possible and to educate cat owners along the way. This blog will hold a wealth of information regarding cats and their behaviour to assist any cat owner seeking advice. I have gained much insight during my years working with many different breeds of cat and feel I now know enough to pass on the knowledge!

Anita runs a vet referral cat behaviour consultancy in Notting Hill London and offers cat behaviour consultations in and around London.

We hope you enjoy the blog.


16 Responses to About Catnips – Feline advice

  1. Aja says:

    I need your help. A few months ago we introduced a 6 week old kitten (Sansa) to our beloved 3 year old cat (Stella), both females- thinking Stella seemed bored and we hoped she would like some companionship. We definitely started off wrong by allowing Sansa free roam for the first couple days. When we realized this was stressing out Stella, who was in turn stressing out Sansa, we got advice from our vet and had Sansa in a separate room for 90% of the time. Making sure to visit Sansa and give Stella her love. This seemed to work well and after a while we allowed Sansa out of the room. They would usually be separate in the day while we were at work, Stella outside the house, and Sansa in. Both are outdoor cats. Stella seemed to tolerate the kitten & they even napped on our bed on a few occasions. However, things seem to have gotten worse lately. Stella hardly comes inside, only to eat and occasionally nap. She is not snuggling with us like normal and seems to, quite frankly, hate us. When I try to spend time with her I get a lot of upset sounds and meows. It makes me so sad because she is truly my first baby and if I didn’t feel attached & guilty, I would consider giving up Sansa. Sansa does seem to ‘go after’ Stella and Stella will hiss and swipe and the mere sight of her. We try to put Sansa in her room to allow Stella her space but she still won’t cuddle or have anything to do with my husband & I. I’ve given up on them becoming bosom buddies but I’d really like Stella to feel happy in our home again. We are separating food/water/litter and plan to get another perch (right now each cat does seen to have an assigned spot on the perch). I don’t know what to do to help Stella, I don’t know if we revert back to complete separation (in fear of how that might affect Sansa), or at one point if we have to find a new home for Sansa. Please help me! I’m sad and my cats are sad too!


    • catnipsfelineadvicepage says:

      Dear Aja,

      I would suggest you contact a cat behaviourist to assist you.

      If you wish me to assist you please email my offices at info@catnips.co.uk and I can go through
      consultations prices and see if you wish to proceed. Consultations are via email or a personal visit
      depending on which area you are based in.

      We are based in the UK.

      Kindest regards and I do hope you find help to solve this problem.

      Liked by 1 person

      • CJ says:

        What are the best tools for shaving mats from the underside of a large, aggresive cat. My vet has provided me a sedative for him but I want to be sure I have of the tools assembled before I start. I noticed that the Furminator is NOT the correct one, so what do you suggest?


      • Hi, I would not suggest any owner shave their cat and especially one that is aggressive so moving around alot. Groomers train to use clippers on cats. It is extremely easy to cut a cats skin if you don’t know what you are doing. My suggestion is you seek a holistic cat groomer who can handle difficult cats. I am surprised your vet has given you a sedative for home use because if anything goes wrong you do not have professional help at hand. Sedatives that half put a cat to sleep make them far worse because they feel out of control and they may get panicked. May I ask why why your vet doesn’t sedate to quickly do the grooming whilst your cat is fully asleep. You can start some form of mild training to get your cat used to being groomed on a matt free coat. Hope this has helped.


  2. Herman says:

    Hi Anita! Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated! Mr. Bowie says “Meow!”


  3. Anthony says:

    I used to live in a country location, we bought two kittens who were brothers from the same litter, they loved there environment, played outside most of the day and night, busy catching mice and rabbits from the fields, they worked together most of the time.
    We moved recently to a more built up area and near a road which is moderately busy, unfortunately one of the cats got knocked down and had to be put to sleep, so now we only have the one cat.
    His habits have changed since his brother got killed 3 weeks ago, he does not seem to want to leave the garden ? And I am a little worried about him, can you help please ?



    • Hi Anthony, Thanks for your comments. It’s understandable you are worried. You didn’t state how old your cat is now or how old they where when you moved to a more urban area. Let your remaining cat grieve. Let him remain in the safety of the garden and, if your really worried about the roads, then cat proof the garden. There’s so much on the net about cat proofing and lots of DIY suggestions. It’s a good compromise and keeps both human and cat happy.


  4. Maria says:

    Hi I’m a cat groomer from Canada. I need help for my client. I groomed her two cat’s and now one of them is attacking the other. This is not the norm as they booth came in the same carrier to be groomed. How can I help her?


  5. katie says:

    Hi! Hopefully this blog is still up and running! I’ve got some kitty questions! I recently re-homed a 7 year old female cat. She previously lived as an outdoor/indoor cat. Her last owners told me she loves to be outside! I brought her home 2 weeks ago. We have playtime everyday and she gets fed more or less or a schedule – once in the morning and once at night. She has been extremely confident since I got her – she never spent anytime hiding, she comes over for love and pets often, she seems pretty happy. BUT she is over being inside!! I have let her out supervised 3 times. She pretty much does her own thing, smells around, wanders a little, checks things out, meows and yowls to me a little, she’ll half the time come when I call her… I usually will have to carry her back in because she wants to stay outside… When we get in i will usually give her treats or some wet food and some pets. She seems like a really smart kitty! How long should I wait before I can just let her be free?? I don’t want to lose her, but I want her to be happy – and she’s happy outside! What would you do with an adult cat in this situation? Thanks!


    • Read my blog post letting your cat out for the first time so you have the right things in place. Wait at least 4 – 6 weeks but keep doing what your doing introducing a little of the outside at a time. A cat needs to see the core territory as their own (your home) and then they will start to get a sense of belonging. Good luck. Glad she enjoys the great outdoors.


  6. Adriana Rosado says:

    hey I need some help,
    I have a cat (Mufasa) he’s reaching just about a year old. He is a very cuddly and clingy cat. He’s always following me around the house and laying with me. He’s never withing a few feet of me. I have never had issues with agressive, But in the last 3 days he has attacked/bitten me and drawn blood. I can’t quite figure out why. It seems to be happening when I leave and come back in the house or if he sees that I’m getting ready to leave. After the attaks he goes back to being his normal cuddly self and will lay an me and sleep. Can you help?


  7. Rayn says:

    Hello there!

    My cat won’t stop attacking my roommate’s cat on sight and we’re not sure what to do anymore. I moved in about six months ago, and we kept them separated for the first week or so, then attempted supervised meetings and it always ended quickly in a fight. My cat does have a history of aggression, she tends to overreact and bite and scratch, as well as hiss and growl at people (I’m not sure why, she was 2 1/2 when I adopted her from the shelter and they said she had an attitude there as well). She gets along fine with my other cat, and has gotten along with a previous roommate’s cat, but just seems to hate my new roommate’s cat. My roommate’s cat is older and lived there first, and had acted aggressively towards my cat as well (She doesn’t attack, but she does hiss at my cats, as well as coming to my door to hiss and provoke them under the door). We have several plug in diffusers for multi-cat aggression plugged in around the house, we’ve been feeding them through my door using a baby gate so they can get some face to face time, we even have a kitty playpen with a top that we switch them out in sometimes, but my cat without fail will still try to get to the other cat through the mesh. I play with her and keep her distracted when they’re eating together, but the instant we take the baby gate away she attacks. The other cat is an indoor/outdoor cat, and sometimes they’ll see each other through the glass patio door and swat at the glass. We have three litter boxes throughout the apartment (one in my room, one in my roommate’s room, one shared, plus my roommate’s cat just goes outside a lot I think). We also have plenty of cat towers and high and low places for them to sit comfortably away from each other. Do you have any suggestions?


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