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, PhD is an educator and researcher in the field of cat behavior, cat cognition, and the human-cat bond.

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Select Media, News, & Upcoming Events

New Media Mention! Cats Like People! (Some People, Anyway) The New York Times Sep. 24, 2019

New Media Mention! Study finds kittens bond with their human caregivers like babies do PBS NOVA, Sep. 23, 2019

New Publication! Attachment bonds between domestic cats and humans. Current Biology Sep. 23, 2019

Media Mention! Cats rival dogs on many tests of social smarts. But is anyone brave enough to study them? Science Magazine, May 10, 2019

Media Mention! If you think cats are antisocial, maybe it’s you, scientists find. Washington Post, January 2019.

Event! Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective: Screening of The Cat Returns with introduction by Dr. Kristyn Vitale. Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, January 22, 2019 @ 6:30 pm.

Interview! 13 Things You Do That Your Cat Actually Hates. Reader’s Digest, September 2018.

Interview! Your Cat Might Actually Love You Back. BYUradio, September 2018.

Media Mention! Would Your Cat Choose You Over Its Food? National Geographic, May 2018.

Media Mention! Which are smarter, cats or dogs? We asked a scientist. PBS Newsweek, April 2018.

Media Mention! What if Everything You Think About Cats is Wrong? National Geographic Magazine, October 2017 Issue.

Podcast! All about that Brain: The Furry Genius at your Feet.  PetMD’s Life With Pets.

Online Webinar! Cat Behavior and Cognition: Using science to increase cat welfare and strengthen the human-cat bond. E-Training for Dogs. September 19, 2017.

Interview! Los gatos prefieren el contacto humano que la comida, ¿por qué? W Radio, Colombia. June 2017

Media Mention! Empirical Evidence: Cats Love People. The New York Times, May 2017

New Article! Cat Social Lives: Current Knowledge and Future Directions . The IAABC Journal. Spring 2017

Media Mention! Shocker: Some cats like people more than food or toys. The Washington Post, April 2017

Interview! The Pet Buzz- 45:50 for interview on our Cat Preference Research. April 2, 2017

Media Mention! Your Cat Thinks You’re Cool: 60 Second Science. Scientific American, March 2017

Media Mention! Cats Care About People More Than Food, New Study Finds. Time, March 2017

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

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

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

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.

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-pmMedia Appearance! Cat Training – Pets & People Show, Willamette Humane Society.

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

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

CA_June-23_cover2Media Mention! Kitten Training Classes? New Research Suggests Cat Stereotypes Are Just That. Kyle Bunnell, The Corvallis Advocate. June 22, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 4.09.29 PMMedia Mention! 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

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 3.41.40 PMMedia Mention! Socializing cats to aid adoptability. Susan C. Kahler, JAVMA news. 4.15.16

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 3.22.12 PMMedia Mention! 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

Screen Shot 2015-08-09 at 3.30.36 PMPublication! 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.doi.org/10.1007/s10071-015-0897-6

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  1. Hi Mary! Yes, I’d love to have you and Zahara involved! Would you send me an email at maueyes.catresearch [at] gmail.com so I have your email address?

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