What do cats think about all day?
What do their behaviors mean?
How can we better communicate with them?

Although millions of cats live with humans worldwide, the scientific community knows relatively little about their behavior and cognition. Kristyn Vitale is a researcher studying cat behavior, cognition and the human-cat bond.

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Media, News, & Upcoming Events

New Media Mention! Proof, at last, that cats are not just in it for the food. The Times of London. March 2017

New Media Mention! Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find. Vice: Motherboard. March 2017

New Publication! Social interaction, food, scent or toys? A formal assessment of domestic pet and shelter cat (Felis silvestris catus) preferences. Behavioural Processes. 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.beproc.2017.03.016

New Media Mention! Through a cat’s nose: How understanding smell can keep cats in homes and reduce stress in shelters. Maddie’s Fund. January 2017.

New publication! Vitale Shreve, K.R., Udell, M.A.R. (2016) Stress, security, and scent: The influence of chemical signals on the social lives of domestic cats and implications for applied settings. Applied Animal Behaviour Science. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applanim.2016.11.011

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-5-00-02-pmNew Media Appearance! Cat Training – Pets & People Show, Willamette Humane Society.

Upcoming Talk!
The Social Lives of Cats: Improving the Cat-Human Bond Through a Better Understanding of Cat Behavior. 4/8/2017, 1:15 – 2:45 PM IAABC Conference 2017, Los Angeles CA

kristynkitten1Media Mention!
Oregon State researcher proves cats can be trained. OSU Stories. June 2016

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Building the Bond Between Cats and People. Kym Pokorny, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. Summer 2016

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Kitten Training Classes? New Research Suggests Cat Stereotypes Are Just That. Kyle Bunnell, The Corvallis Advocate. June 22, 2016

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What We Understand about Cats and What They Understand about Us. Felicity Muth, Scientific American. 3.30.16

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What’s Going On in Your Cat’s Head? Felicity Muth, Scientific American. 3.29.16

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Socializing cats to aid adoptability. Susan C. Kahler, JAVMA news. 4.15.16

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Die Klugheit der Katzen. Christina Hucklenbroich, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG BLOG.  8.4.15
English Translation: Cat Intelligence – The Lives of Animals Translated by Gregory & Joan Shreve

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Media Mention!
What’s Inside Your Cat’s Head? This Is What Science Has Found So Far.  Agata Blaszczak Boxe, BrainDecoder. 7.15. 15

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Vitale Shreve, K. R., & Udell, M. A. R. (2015). What’s inside your cat’s head? A review of cat (Felis silvestris catus) cognition research past, present and future. Animal Cognition, pgs. 1–12.

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