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Decades before there was a Horse Whisperer, Carole was the Cat Talker. She has come to be known as the first and the last resort when the cat’s problem seems insurmountable. She is The Cat Therapist, a trail blazing American icon always leading the evolution in feline care.

    Pets, like people, suffer from Depression

NBC News asks Wilbourn to explain Oscar the Cat’s unusual behavior     
    National Geographic Magazine says, for guardians “perplexed by furry misbehavior, Wilbourn, The Cat Therapist, offers dual-species family therapy.”    
    Carole’s signature "I find a way to make everybody like one another."

The New Yorker magazine profiles Wilbourn for two pages in ‘The Talk Of The Town
“Emotional problems can cause medical problems. That’s why you have to treat the total cat,” says The Cat Therapist.



  The Globe And Mail, Canadian daily, quotes Carol in Rebecca Dube’s article ‘Psycho Kitty , qu’est-ce que c’est’    

   Even cats can sometimes use some therapy


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Cat Therapy Program and Reiki sessions


to do when kitty is driving you crazy 

** Ramsey Public Library,NJ

** East Brunswick Public Library, NJ

** Hoboken Public Library, NJ featured Cleo the cat. Scroll through the Blog ALSO Click & scroll


** Torrington Library, Connecticut featured Binx. Scroll through the Blog  ALSO Click & Select June 26 on the calendar 



LUX ON THE COUCH  (From article by Shane Dixon Kavanagh)

All hell broke loose when Lux, a Himalayan 22-pound cat took a swipe at his family’s 7-month-old baby after the child yanked its tail. Lux’s guardian, Lee Palmer, retaliated by booting the cat in the butt. It was not the wisest reaction. The ferocious feline went berserk and trapped the terrified family and their dog in a bedroom. The cops came. And the rest, as they say, is Internet history. 

How will Lux, who is now 4, move forward with his young life?  Reiki, Prozac and cat trees could all be in the cards. Lux needs help. But we really don't know what his past experience has been. He may have experienced PTSD when the baby reached out causing him to relive something that happened in his past. His first thought, "Oh my God, I'm going to be killed!" Or something like that. Regardless, there was a ripple effect. It was either fight or flight. Lux chose fight. He's a descendant of the wildcat. And that's how the wildcat existed.

Treatment Plan: Lux's recovery from his PTSD will be gradual and quicker with a calm and caring environment -- a single cat home and no young children. He will need a behavioral/emotional treatment plan that affects all of his senses. I use the combination of music therapy, emotional evaluation and Reiki so I can treat the total cat. Lux might also need an anti-anxiety drug as auxilliary therapy. The drug would be slowly weaned as Lux integrated new coping mechanisms that would enable him to deal with stress more easily.



Some years ago, as I pioneered cat therapy, I was written up in The New Yorker, Talk Of The Town. The writer followed me on three house calls to troubled cats and their guardians. That story of Byron and Ned has just been included in The Big New Yorker Book of Cats However, Lulu, a very distressed, black cat, was left behind. You can now read about Lulu and her transformation in The Huffington Post Lulu: The Cat The New Yorker Left Behind, by Lois Metzger.