NEWTON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — She's on a mission to solve every cat catastrophe.
Dr. Rachel Geller is a Newton-based cat behavior and retention specialist who's helped thousands of pet parents deal with bad behavior since 2013.
Dr. Geller says she gets requests like "'Please help me, I'm desperate, my cat is going everywhere but the litter box' or 'my cat is scratching everything but that lovely scratching post I bought her.'"
She says most people don't realize that some of these problems can be fixed.
"Contrary to popular belief, cats can be trained," Dr. Geller says. "I work with the humans to understand the cat's problem from the cat's point of view."
So you have to think like a cat, she says.
"If a cat is doing something that we perceive as a misbehavior, it's because something in his environment isn't meeting his needs, and he's trying to solve the problem as a cat."
Dr. Geller has cracked cases from hissing to litter box accidents, and she does it for free. Her goal with every new situation is to help owners, so they don't feel like they have to surrender their cat to a shelter.
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