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Cat Sitter or Cattery?

Cat Sitter or Cattery?

Andrea Carne highlights ways feline behavior professionals can help cat owners decide on the best pet care option when they’re away from home
Thinking Outside the Shelter

Thinking Outside the Shelter

Behavioral services for companion animals can be so resource intensive that shelter administrators may consider in-house behavior programs to be a luxury rather than a necessity.

When shelter leadership does take a chance on starting up a behavior department, minimal funding is often ...

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How Cats Are Made: Nature, Nurture, and the Now

How Cats Are Made: Nature, Nurture, and the Now

It is not uncommon for adopters to base their decision primarily on the cat’s outward appearance and be less interested, or not interested at all, in the cat’s socialization history, life experiences, and behavior.

In Karsh’s study on ...

Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

At Friends For Life Animal Shelter, keeping pets with their families is at the core of our mission. But Houston has a problem: there are an estimated 1.4 million pet cats living here (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2017) and very ...

Playing It Safe

Playing It Safe

“Predation by domestic cats Felis catus can be a threat to biodiversity conservation, but its mitigation is controversial. Confinement and collar-mounted devices can impede cat hunting success and reduce ...

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Reducing Fear – and the Importance of Choice

Counterconditioning is one of the most important techniques in animal training (arguably top five). Simply put, ‘conditioning’ means ‘learning’ and ‘counter’ means ‘opposite.’ Relearning might be another way of putting it. Practically ...

Once More, with Feeling

Once More, with Feeling

Observation of cats across a multitude of research studies shows they frequently monitor their environment, evaluating what’s around them and adjusting their responses to suit. Those responses are influenced by their emotional ...

Cats: In Crisis

Cats: In Crisis

Cats are hunters. Seeking out food, catching it, and playing with it is their mental engagement and physical exercise. It is their reason to be awake. We know a cat’s stomach is only the size of a ping-pong ball and that they hunt and eat ...

Respect, Routines and Redirection

Respect, Routines and Redirection

Knowing when they will be fed, when the humans leave for work or school and return, when the humans go to bed and get up – all of these seemingly mundane things are important for cats, because a predictable ...

The Power of Choice

The Power of Choice

...a basic environment has food delivered in a food bowl. An enriched environment offers food in lots of different ways including puzzles, dispensing toys and treasure hunts. A basic environment has a single litter tray in one corner of a ...

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