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Feline Behavior Webinars

Below you will find recordings of the webinars that have been provided live by the Cat Committee. For up and coming webinars please visit the home page.

Feline Webinars

    • Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, June 17, 2021
    • 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

     Free Recorded Member Webinar

    with Kat Albrecht


    This workshop covers the basics of lost cat behavior and discusses proven strategies for recovering outside access cats that have vanished as well as indoor-only cats that have escaped outside. 

    If you own a cat or have clients who own a cat, this vital information can help you know exactly what to do within the first hours of a cat vanishing.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The investigative question to ask when an outside cat vanishes
    • The investigative question to ask when an indoor-only cat escapes outside
    • The first critical steps to take when a cat has vanished
    • How to use “House As Trap” to recover a displaced cat

    About The Presenter

    Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership. 

    Since 1997, Kat has worked search dogs trained to find lost pets. She pioneered the cross application of law enforcement investigative techniques and technologies to solve lost pet investigations and is widely known as the leading authority on K9 pet detective training. 

    Through her business K9 Pet Trackers, Kat recently launched the first-ever pet detective academy where she trains humans and search dogs to find lost pets. 

    Kat has appeared on Animal Planet and articles about her work have appeared in People, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, and Parade. She is the author of two books: The Lost Pet Chronicles and Dog Detectives. Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband, her two dogs, and her “target” cat Cheeto.


    • Sunday, July 12, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, July 12, 2021
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Isabella Merola

    CEU:  CPDT 1, KPA 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1


    Cats were often considered independent animals, but recent studies have highlighted their ability to use human communication toward them to chose how to act. This is highlighting the social nature of this species and the importance to understand how they use and read humans communication.

    Webinar Objectives

    • When and where cat and human met and started their cohabitation
    • What we know about cat human relationship
    • How human emotions can influence cat behaviour

    About The Presenter


    Isabella is a Veterinary surgeon. She has a Master Degree in Ethology and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Comparative Psychology, which included a research project in dog/cat human relations and communication. She is first author of different papers and referee for journal such as Animal Cognition and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is co-author in a book on behavioural problems in cats and dogs (edited by Poletto Editore, in press). She is actually working at the University of Lincoln (UK) on a project examining pain and emotional expression in cats.

    • Thursday, February 18, 2016
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, February 18, 2022
    • 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

       Free Member Webinar

    presented by Patience Fisher

    CEU: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1 

    Join Patience Fisher as she discusses a protocol to introduce cats to each other, and the background information needed to understand how the cats are progressing during this process. Patience will also discuss cat communication, with emphasis on affiliative signals, peace-keeping signals, and aggressive signals. Having realistic expectations based on the backgrounds of the cats is important. Not all cats will be friends, but co-existence is possible if you set up the cats' resources correctly. Case studies that illustrate this will be presented.

    The steps in the introduction protocol include: setting up a safe room; showing a new cat the house; non-contact introduction; and short, supervised free contact. How to read the cats to know if it is all right to proceed to the next step is critical. How to keep the whole process stress-free by providing ample and correctly positioned resources is important.

    Webinar Objectives


    • realistic expectations based on:
    • the natural social system of cats
    • the sensitive period of socialization
    • how to read the cats' reactions
    • steps in the introduction protocol
    • setting up a safe room
    • showing the new cat the house
    • non-contact introductions
    • gradual free-contact
    • setting up the cats’ resources for the long-term

    About The Presenters

    Patience Fisher owns Patience, a Pittsburgh-based cat consulting service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service known as Walk, Play, Learn, she is now exclusively offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.

    Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute.
    Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.
    • Monday, June 27, 2016
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, June 27, 2021
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Jane Ehrlich

    CEU's PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    Join Jane Ehrlich for this webinar on how to identify aggressive cat behaviors. It is important to understand why a cat might feel aggressive towards her owner, or to other people or guests within the household. In addition, through knowledge of body language to both anticipate the cat's moves and manage them 'in full flow', we can avoid the use of aversives, such as water spritzers and screams and cans filled with pennies.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify reasons for a cat's aggression towards a human
    • Learn the differences between play aggression and the real thing!
    • Note the difference in body language that indicates developing aggression
    • Learn how to achieve a happier relationship between you and your cat
    • Understand how to manage a cat's anger 

    About the Presenter

    Jane Ehrlich, ACBC

    Jane is an Associate Certified Feline Behaviorist through the IAABC. Jane has over  28 years' experience, with clinical, academic and shelter background. Jane has given talks in universities, vet tech colleges, shelters and vet clinics. Jane established her business Cattitude Feline Behavior, offering consultations in homes, by phone, email and Skype for clients worldwide

    • Monday, October 10, 2016
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 10, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Foraging Felines: Providing House Cats with Necessary Mental and Physical Stimulation Through Fun with Their Food.

    Presented by Amy Martin


    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

    Are you puzzled about puzzle feeders for cats? Most cat guardians are. Even the few who have limited knowledge as to what a puzzle feeder is they are still unaware as to why their cuddly couch cat desperately needs daily mental and physical enrichment. This results in a severe lack of species-appropriate enrichment for companion cats. 

    A lack of mental and physical stimulation is linked to a myriad of medical and behavioral issues in cats. But this can be reversed! When properly utilized, foraging enrichment can enhance the lives of both cats and their guardians. This webinar will discuss how to successfully and safely enrich the lives of our feline family members, no matter their age.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn why Foraging enrichment should be viewed as an essential part of providing an excellent quality of life for companion cats in captivity
    • Receive guidelines for safely and successfully implementing foraging opportunities
    • Discover how to easily implement this important tool into everyday life.
    • Dispel the myths behind foraging tools for senior and geriatric cats
    • Explore the positive side effects of foraging for both cats and their guardians
    • Learn why house cats need food enrichment that parallels the enrichment offered to exotic cats in captivity


    About the Presenter


    Amy has studied animal welfare, applied behavior analysis, animal husbandry, animal enrichment, and ethology for nearly 20 years. Throughout this time her work has focused on teaching others how to implement force-free (choice-based) training, while enhancing the human-animal bond.

    Amy worked at one of the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s (AZA) top ranking, accredited zoos for a decade. Just a few of the many hats she wore while at Audubon Nature Institute were: Visitor Programming Animal Coordinator, ZOOmobile’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Animal Enrichment Coordinator, Lead Animal Trainer for the Education Department, and the Institutional Representative for various critically endangered Species Survival Plans (SSP).

    Through these programs Amy was fortunate to work closely (train/manage/breed) a wide variety of exotic and critically endangered species. Some of these species were Felis and Panthera, corvids, psittacines, raptors, venomous species, primates, hoof stock, elephants, crocodilians, Komodo dragons, Giant tortoises, the world’s first African wildcat clones, and dozens of other SSP animals. Amy has received multiple certifications from AZA's Professional Development Certificate Program. Some of her professional published works include An Analysis of the Post-release Success of Captive-bred Louisiana Pine Snakes and Target Training and Voluntary Blood Drawing of the Aldabra Tortoise.

    Amy Martin is the owner, founder, and chief operator of Conscious Companion™. Some of her former and current advisory roles for companion animals include: The board of advisers for Family Paws Parent Education, advisory board member of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary, licensed presenter of the Dogs & Storks® and the Dogs & Toddlers™ programs, Doggone Safe, the Pet Professional Guild's Cat Committee, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

    Amy has taken a break from animal behavior consulting to focus her efforts on writing a few books and to serve the Marine Corps; she and her husband are serving as the 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Team on the West Coast.

    You can learn more about Amy at ConsciousCompanion.com.

    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Thursday, December 14, 2023
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Paula Garber

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1 

    In this webinar, you will learn the common causes of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats, as well as the evolutionary, environmental, and social factors that often contribute to these emotions. You will also learn how cats typically express fear, anxiety, and stress and the signs to look for, some of which may be subtle. After gaining an understanding of the potential fallout of using force-based handling techniques, you will learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats that you can begin using immediately, whether you work with cats in a veterinary clinic or a shelter, or in a home setting with your clients’ cats—or even your own cats.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand why cats are especially prone to experiencing fear, anxiety, and stress
    • Identify signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats
    • Understand the potential consequences of force-based handling techniques on cats and humans
    • Learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress for cats in veterinary clinics, shelters, and at home

    About the Presenter

    Paula owns LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, NY. She holds a master of arts degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in Low Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) through Sophia Yin’s course, Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.

    Paula is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also serves as an advisor to the board of FurBridge, a non-profit animal rescue and community outreach program. A consummate cat advocate, Paula hosts an annual event for volunteers to build winter shelters for free-roaming cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.

    • Thursday, March 02, 2017
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Tuesday, March 02, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Beth Adelman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? I have found a behavior modification protocol using negative reinforcement to be very effective in these situations.

    I am using the term “negative reinforcement” in the strict sense of removing something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated. I do not use aversives in this behavior modification protocol. My goal is always to move the cat as quickly as possible to a state where he or she is able to accept positive reinforcement.

    Learning Objectives

    • A very quick review of the four quadrants of negative and positive reinforcement and punishment, as used in discussing operant conditioning.
    • Why positive reinforcement might not work for some cats in some situations.
    • What kinds of cats/situations might do better with negative reinforcement.
    • Why negative reinforcement might work for those cats.
    • A step-by-step explanation of a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol for working with cats in a home environment. I will use the case study of one of my own cats as the framework for describing this protocol.
    • I will point out where I customized the protocol for this cat, for clients’ cats, and how it can be customized for each individual cat. Emphasis is on meeting each cat where they are.
    • How a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol is used to lead the cat to a state where he or she can accept positive reinforcement for further behavior modification work.
    • If time permits, some tips on other ways to help a frightened/under-socialized cat adapt to a new home.

    About the Presenter

    Beth has been a cat behavior consultant with an active practice in New York for more than a decade and is a member of the PPG Cat Committee. She has taught the Cat Behavior segment (a six-hour one-day seminar) of Kutztown University’s Canine Training and Management certificate program. She has given seminars at IAABC conferences, and at professional conferences and public events sponsored by Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club, the Cat Writers Association, Meet the Breeds (a cat and dog breed showcase in New York City co-sponsored by TICA and AKC), and the Winn Feline Foundation, among others. Beth is also the 2011 recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation award
    • Friday, April 21, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Jacqueline Munera

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    Whether you work with dogs in households with cats, or you work with cats only, if your clients are in the United States or Canada, you will face a few conundrums related to phalangectomy procedures (onychectomy/declawing). Millions of cats have been declawed, many of which have undiagnosed physical ailments related to those procedures.  Your clients may not have successful behavioral outcomes if their animal’s health is not cared for and it is ethical for behavior professionals to consider the animal’s physical well being as the first step to any behavior modification plan. However, the entire topic is considered controversial by many people, including some of your clients and their vets. This means that you not only have to recognize evidence that a cat is having physical trouble related to the amputations, you also need to broach the topic without inciting animosity between the humans or overstepping your professional boundaries. Helping these cats will require the owner, vet, and behavior consultant to work together as a team.  You are the person to make that happen!

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize multiple signs that a declawed cat needs medical intervention
    • Discuss medical and environmental interventions in a non-judgmental manner
    • Encourage teamwork between themselves, their clients and veterinarians
    • Provide further peer-to-peer resources to clients’ vets

    About The Presenter

    Jacqueline Munera encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of. Jacqueline is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality.

    Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple award winning cat and dog behavior articles. Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!

    • Monday, July 31, 2017
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, July 31, 2023
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Ingrid Johnson

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    This lecture will discuss the importance of encouraging indoor cats to work for their food, motivating cats to learn how to forage, staging the difficulty level of the objects offered and how to set clients up for success feeding this way. The benefits of this type of feeding style bring out the hunting instincts of our pampered predators and introduce much needed enrichment into their lives. We will specifically discuss implementing this feeding strategy in a multi-cat household, as a weight loss program, and as a tool to keep young cats busy and working their mind and body! You will even learn how to make some food puzzles at home!


    • Why should cats forage?
    • Dietary needs and feeding style
    • Getting started
    • Motivating cats to forage
    • Staging the difficulty level
    • Integrating into practice

    About The Presenter

    Ingrid Johnson is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is currently employed at Paws Whiskers and Claws, a feline only veterinary hospital and has been working exclusively with cats since 1999.

    Ingrid also owns and operates Fundamentally Feline, providing in home and phone consultations for clients experiencing behavior challenges with their cat(s). In addition to behavior consultations, Ingrid publishes educational blog content, manages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, hand makes her own line of feline foraging toys, scratching posts and scratch pads, and litter boxes.

    Ingrid co-authored Food puzzles for cats: Feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) in the fall of 2016, and has since been lecturing on the topic including at the AAFP 2016 Fall conference as well as ACVC.

    Ingrid’s home, cats, and environmental enrichment expertise has been featured on Animal Planet’s Cats101 show. She has filmed for WebMD and created a series of educational How-To videos of her own. You may view these on Fundamentally Feline’s website and You Tube channel. She is proudly Co-Director of Paw Project-Georgia, working towards ending the cruel practice of de-clawing cats.

    Cat Fancy magazine’s 2008 “Home Issue” showcased her feline friendly accommodations and the aesthetically pleasing ways you can provide for your cats innate basic needs while still having a home the humans can enjoy.

    Ingrid shares her home with husband Jake and six cats.

    • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, September 26, 2023
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    Interesting feline behavior cases from a veterinary point of view


    • Thoroughly assess feline behavior problems
    • Determine if medical issues are present
    • Decide if concurrent medical issues are a mitigating factor in behavior situations
    • Know when to refer behavior problems to a DVM

    About The Presenter

    Dr Lynn Honeckman graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, and has practiced in small animal medicine and exotics over the past 23 years In Illinois, New York, and Florida. She had experience in wildlife rehabilitation in the Chicago area as well as shelter medicine at New York's North Shore Animal League, before moving to Orlando, Florida in 1999.

    In 2010, Dr Honeckman opened Veterinary Behavior Solutions, to focus on behavior cases throughout the greater Orlando area. Dr Honeckman is on the special council of the Pet Professional Guild and has helped create the Central Florida Force-Free Behavior and Trainers Network, where she works very closely with other professionals in the community to help reduce and treat fear, anxiety, and aggression in the companion pet. Dr Honeckman is the committee chairperson for AVSAB position statements, and is on the advisory board for Dr Marty Becker's Fear-Fear(™) Initiative as well as a certified fear-free professional. Dr Honeckman has recently started a non-conforming residency in veterinary behavior with Dr Karen Overall.

    • Thursday, October 26, 2017
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, October 26, 2021
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Jacqueline Munera

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    While cats can certainly be trained, many people find them more challenging to work with than dogs. Even professionals that have a solid basis in learning science can struggle when trying to apply that knowledge to training cats. We need to take a cat’s-eye perspective and figure out what they want and need in order to feel comfortable. This session will focus on the real-world nitty gritty of cat training. We will use videos and photos to explore some cat communication signals and behavior that reveal Kitty’s readiness to interact, cover the importance of the relationship between cat and handler, and review how to set-up cat-friendly training sessions. We will also peruse the when, where, and how-to techniques of reinforcement delivery. Attendees are expected to already understand basic operant and respondent principles. This session is excellent for dog trainers and cat behavior consultants that want to learn more about cat training.

    Learning Objectives: After this seminar, attendees should be able to

    • Understand the importance of the relationship between cat and handler
    • Recognize cat behavior relevant to a training session (e.g. cut-off signals, displacement behaviors)
    • Set-up a cat-friendly learning environment
    • Be ready to experiment with ways to deliver reinforcers

    About The Presenter

    Jacqueline Munera encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of. Jacqueline is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality. Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple award winning cat and dog behavior articles.

    Jacqueline and Jazzmanda are also the first human-cat team in the world to pass level 2 of Kay Laurence’s challenging test of clicker training skills, the Competency Assessment Programme (CAP). Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!

    • Thursday, September 06, 2018
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Monday, September 06, 2021
    • (CDT)
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    Presented by Dr. Lynn Bahr

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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    Throughout history, cats have always lived outdoors. It is only recently, within the last 50-60 years, that indoor cats have become the norm. This became possible with the introduction of kitty litter, cat food and the prevalence of sterilization. While the new housing arrangement has strengthened the bond people have with their cats, life within four walls is not always ideal for them. In fact, many cats live within very un-cat-fur-able surroundings devoid of fresh air, sunshine, grass and entertainment. However, with a little effort and creativity, it is possible to enrich cats’ lives easily and affordably. The focus of this lecture is to present ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more suitable environments for our captive furry feline friends. Strategies for creating the “purr”fect environment will be discussed and include how to grow grass for cats, the proper way to feed them, providing suitable areas to scratch, play and exercise, as well as opportunities to experience fresh air and sunshine safely. The goal of the lecture is to recognize that living exclusively indoors is restrictive, unnatural and many times undesirable from a cat’s point of view, but that we can do many things to make the surroundings more comfortable and enriching with simple solutions that make their lives better.

    Learning Objectives:

    Recognize the changing lifestyle of cats within the past 50 years from living life outdoors to often being housed exclusively indoors, and the impact it has had on their lives and ours.

    Discuss the effects of this relatively new lifestyle on our furry friends as it relates to their overall health and well-being. Medical conditions like obesity, inflammatory diseases and depression may be linked to living in environments lacking suitable enrichment, and more attention is needed to prevent these ailments from occurring.

    Identify common problems that exist in feline households that lack suitable outlets for cats to exhibit normal behavior. Focus on basic and necessary elements that are essential for all cats housed within four walls to ensure that their mental and physical needs are met.

    Discover ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more natural and stimulating habitats that contribute to improving the quality of life of indoor-only cats.

    Your Presenter

    Dr. Lynn Bahr is a 1991 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine who credits a special grey and white ball of kitten fluff with leading her down the path of a career in feline medicine and behavior. Her areas of interest and special care for felines include health and wellness, environmental enrichment, hospice care, strengthening the animal-human bond, ending the practice of declawing, and the ability to speak cat. Dr. Bahr is currently the CEO of Dezi & Roo, a company that manufactures and sells solution-based pet products. She also serves on the board of directors of Pandemonium Aviaries.

    • Friday, May 03, 2019
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • Monday, April 12, 2021
    • 11:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Audio

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    Day ONE

    1. Open Address - PPG President Niki Tudge (30 min)
    2. No More Cat Wrangling! Techniques for force-free feline handling -Tabitha Kucera (1.5 hrs)

    Day TWO

    1. Human-Directed Feline Aggression - Beth Adelman (1.5 hrs)
    2. How to Speak Cat: Exploring Feline Communication and Social Behavior - Paula Garber (1.5 hrs)

    Day Three

    1. Sufferin’ Succotash! Why is my cat aggressive? - Dr. Lynn Honeckman  (1.5 hrs)
    2. Causes and Treatment of Intercat Aggression - Paula Garber and Tabitha Kucera (1.5 hrs)

      • Thursday, September 05, 2019
      • 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Monday, September 05, 2022
      • 3:30 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

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      While most foster kitten raisers focus on keeping the kittens medically healthy, It is also very important to socialize them well. This is what will keep them in life long loving homes. We want them to be outgoing, friendly, and social with many different people and in many different environments. You may have kittens that exhibit signs of being fearful or feral, but with the right strategies and techniques, they can be socialized into happy, loving, well-adjusted pets. I will be detailing techniques and methods aimed at transitioning these kittens into living comfortably in a home. While these techniques may be geared towards helping recently-outdoor kittens, these strategies can also be used to work with other fearful felines.


      Key Learning Objectives

      • What is socialization and why it’s important
      • Goals of socialization
      • Understand the potential consequences of force-based techniques
      • Learn techniques to help kittens go from hissing to purring
      • How to understand your kittens body language

      About The Presenter

      Tabitha Kucera

      Tabitha Kucera is the owner of Chirrups and Chatter cat behavior consulting and training (chirrupsandchatter.com) and Positively Pawsitive dog behavior consulting and training in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Behavior Consultants, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and a level 3 Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified Registered Veterinary Technician. She the co- chair of PPG’s Feline Committee. Board member of The Together Initiative for Ohio Community Cats and is the president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior technicians.

      • Monday, November 18, 2019
      • (EST)
      • Friday, November 18, 2022
      • (EST)
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      CEU's: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1

      This session will focus primarily on the most common reason cats display aggression toward the people they live with: to solicit play and attention. Cats, by nature, are playful and busy. In a natural environment, they will spend time stalking and hunting prey 10 or more times a day. In a typical home, though, a single cat is alone 10 to 12 hours a day or more, and her humans may physically interact with her for less than 30 minutes a day when they are home. As a result, cats get bored, and spend their days waiting around for something (anything!) to move so they can pounce on it.

      When cats are with other playful cats, especially young cats, they will fling each other around and wrestle in rough play. With humans, flinging us around is not an option, so young cats with a lot of energy and not enough ways to burn it off may often resort to biting humans’ fingers or grabbing our body parts in play. Young cats are also easily over-stimulated, and owners may not know how to end play sessions leaving their cats calm and satisfied, rather than wound up.

      Aggression to solicit play and attention can be characterized by cats stalking their humans, pouncing, grabbing body parts and/or biting. To the owner, this behavior often seems to come out of the blue, and may be interpreted as “angry,” “dominant,” “crazy,” “territorial,” or a combination of several of these. Cats lack the bite inhibition that is often found in dogs, so these attacks can be scary and painful. Typical owner reactions, which may include yelling, chasing, throwing something, squirting the cat with water, wrestling with the cat, can inadvertently reinforce the behavior.

      The session will also discuss fear/defensive aggression. As a long-term problem, this is often the result of rough handling (including rough play) and/or lack of early socialization. As a short-term problem, it is often a sign of illness or injury. Typically, this kind of aggression is more specifically directed at a single person or a situation than is aggression to solicit play and attention.

      Finally, the session will touch briefly on the causes of redirected aggression directed at humans, and how to respond to it.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Understand the causes of aggression to solicit play and attention.
      • Understand the causes of fear/defensive aggression.
      • Understand the causes of redirected aggression toward humans.
      • Recognize the different presentations of these three types of aggression.
      • Learn how to respond safely to feline aggression, regardless of the cause.
      • Learn what types of reactions do and do not reinforce aggressive behavior.
      • Understand how the physical layout of the cat’s living space affects aggression to solicit play and attention.
      • Learn how to formulate a behavior modification plan to address aggression to solicit play and attention.
      • Learn how to formulate a behavior modification plan to address fear/defensive aggression.
      • Learn how to recognize and respond to redirected aggression directed at humans.

      About The Presenter

      Beth Adelman MS

      Beth Adelman MS is a Brooklyn, New York-based cat behavior consultant and publishing professional. She currently sits on the executive committee of the feline division of the Pet Professional Guild, and was a founding member of the Cat Division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is the former editor in chief of Cats magazine and DogWorld, former cat columnist for the New York Post, and has won several awards from the Dog Writers Association of America and the Cat Writers Association. She is currently a regular speaker on cat behavior at New York’s Meow Parlour and has worked as a writer and a speaker for the Winn Feline Foundation, and received Winn’s Media Appreciation Award in 2011. She has also been a speaker for Cat Camp, Catsbury Park, the Cat Writers Association, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Kutztown University, Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club and the Cat Fanciers Association, and a guest on a variety of radio shows.

      • Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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      CEU's: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

      Inter-cat aggression is the number one behavior problem the presenter sees in her cat behavior consultancy. This distressing problem can occur with cats that are new to one another, as well as with siblings that have always been “best friends.” This session will discuss the various causes of inter-cat aggression between cats who share the same household (Note: It will not cover aggression between outdoor cats). It will discuss the identification of problems, prevention strategies and client recommendations. These will include signs of conflict, types of aggression, the difference between play and aggression and environmental considerations for cats in conflict.

      The presenter will also review the extensive protocol she implements to resolve inter-cat aggression, including the use of scent, pheromones, space sharing, enrichment, desensitization and counter conditioning. This is an issue that often resolves at a glacial pace, so the session will also discuss how to manage client expectations and provide support during the process.

      Learning Objectives:

      • A brief review of cats as a species.
      • Normal behavior when cats get along.
      • Signs of conflict.
      • Covert aggression.
      • Overt aggression.
      • Distribution of resources.
      • Play-predatory outlets.
      • Introductions (setting the stage before a new cat comes home).
      • What to do when the fur flies: Reintroductions.
      • Treatment protocol.
      • Case study.
      • Managing client expectations.

      About The Presenters

      Paula Garber

      Paula Garber is the owner of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, New York. She is a certified animal training and enrichment professional and certified feline training and behavior specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also a Fear Free certified trainer and is certified in Low-Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats (Silver-2015). She holds a Master’s in education and is currently earning a diploma in feline behavior science and technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She is chair of the Pet Professional Guild’s feline division, and also serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester and hosts an annual volunteer event to build winter shelters for feral cats in her community.

      Tabitha Kucera

      Tabitha Kucera is the owner of Chirrups and Chatter Cat Behavior Consulting and Training in Cleveland, Ohio and is a veterinary technician who is currently working towards obtaining her veterinary technician specialty in behavior.

      She has been a technician for over eight years and, in that time, has worked with a number of local rescue organizations and small animal practices. Her work in these fields shed light on repeated occurrences of feline and canine euthanasia and re-homing due to behavioral issues and she quickly became dedicated to learning about the prevention, root causes and solutions to feline and canine behavioral concerns. She continued to teach herself more about behavior through continuing education, workshops, completing her low stress handling and fear free certifications, graduating from the Karen Pryor Academy and obtaining her KPA-CTP, and became a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

      She currently serves as the co-chair of Pet Professional Guild’s feline division, the president elect of the Society of Veterinary Behavior technicians, and on the board of The Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats. She currently lectures to the general public, shelters, and veterinarians about making veterinary visits less stressful for both clients and patients and feline and canine behavior.

      • Monday, January 13, 2020
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      Fearful shelter cats are numerous in our shelters. If they are not euthanized because of lack of resources, they can spend months in shelters or in foster families with few improvements. While the term feral does not apply to these cats, they do lack the tools to deal with strangers and new places.

      Can we help them gain these tools? Can we change their view of strangers? Can we bring them to a state where their chances of getting adopted and of staying in that home are now good? Join us to think about cats, about the constructional approach and about re-evaluating how we are currently working with fearful cats and why. This presentation will use videos and examples to illustrate the subject.

      Learning Objectives

      • To understand the particularities of cats.
      • To understand what C.A.T. with cats is and why we would want to use it.
      • To geek out on the science of behavior behind it.
      • To get you interested in working with cats!

      About The Presenter

      Caroline Crevier-Chabot

      A civil engineer by training, Caroline always loved animals and found in the science of behavior a true passion. After learning about clicker training through canine freestyle back in 2006, she gradually learned more about behavior and eventually moved to the cat side, clicker training her own cats to do things like getting down trees the “proper” cat way (butt first). Through volunteering at two different shelters, she started to reflect on better ways to care for and rehab fearful shelter cats. Caroline has been fostering fearful cats since 2018 and films her training a lot. She hopes sharing these experiences and thoughts will foster more discussion on cats and on better ways to help them.

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