Niki Tudge, PPG president, chats with the PPG Feline Committee chair, Paula Garber and vice-chair, Tabitha Kucera about all things feline. Topics range from pet cats and veterinary visits, to what we know we don’t know about cats, and to feral cats and the myths about cat colonies. The trio also spend some time talking about all the great things the Feline Committee is doing, including the popular Cat Lounge!
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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 is a Level 3 Fear Free and Low Stress Handling certified registered veterinary technician, a certified cat behavior consultant, and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified training partner. She owns Chirrups and Chatter cat and dog behavior consulting and training in Cleveland, Ohio and has been working with cats and dogs for over 10 years, including a number of rescue organizations and small animal practices. Her work in these fields exposed her directly to the repeated occurrences of feline and canine euthanasia and rehoming due to behavioral issues. As a result, she quickly became dedicated to learning about the prevention, root causes and solutions to feline and canine behavioral concerns 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 becoming a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is currently a Fear Free certified speaker, serves as the co-chair of PPG’s feline division and the president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, and serves on the board of The Together Initiative for Ohio’s Community Cats.