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Causes and Treatment of Inter-Cat Aggression. Presented by Paula Garber and Tabitha Kucera

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2019
  • Saturday, December 24, 2022
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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.


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