BARKS presents session details from PPG’s 2020 Summit and Workshops in Phoenix, Arizona
Presenter: Paula Garber
Session Title: Please Don’t Stress Me-owt! Feline Stress and Stressors in the Shelter, the Veterinary Clinic, and the Home
Session Type: Lecture (1 Hour)
The emotional needs of cats are often not addressed as readily as their physical and health needs, typically because feline emotions are not easily recognized or understood. The impact of the physical and social environment on cats’ physical and behavioral health is significant and should not be underestimated. For cats living in confined environments, such as a shelter or a home, and visiting a veterinary clinic, it is especially important to understand what causes negative emotions so they can be prevented or minimized.
In this presentation, we will explore the differences between stress and distress and the feline emotions involved in each. We will also discuss the causes of stress and distress based on cats’ natural behavior and the behavioral and health risks involved, and we will learn to recognize the behavioral signs of negative emotions in cats. Finally, we will identify known feline stressors in shelter, veterinary clinic, and home environments. Many resources will be provided to help guide your efforts to reduce and prevent stress and distress for cats in your care.
- Understand the differences between stress and distress.
- Understand feline emotions and causes of stress and distress in cats.
- Understand the behavioral and health risks of stress and distress in cats.
- Recognize feline behavioral signs of stress and distress.
- Identify feline stressors in shelter, veterinary clinic, and home environments.
PPG Summit 2020 will take place in Phoenix, Arizona and offer two unique programs:
Program 1: The Four-Day Summit
Program 2: The Four-Day Summit + Daily Off-Site Workshops at the Arizona Humane Society
Dates: Friday, September 18 – Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Event theme: Collaborative Care and Enrichment – Creating Partnerships for Positive Results
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