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 a researcher studying cat behavior, cognition and the human-cat bond.
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New Media Mention! If you think cats are antisocial, maybe it’s you, scientists find. Washington Post, January 2019.
Upcoming 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
Media Appearance! Cat Training – Pets & People Show, Willamette Humane Society.
Media Mention! Oregon State researcher proves cats can be trained. OSU Stories. June 2016
Media Mention! Building the Bond Between Cats and People. Kym Pokorny, Oregon’s Agricultural Progress. Summer 2016
Media Mention! Kitten Training Classes? New Research Suggests Cat Stereotypes Are Just That. Kyle Bunnell, The Corvallis Advocate. June 22, 2016
Media Mention! What We Understand about Cats and What They Understand about Us. Felicity Muth, Scientific American. 3.30.16
What’s Going On in Your Cat’s Head? Felicity Muth, Scientific American. 3.29.16
Media Mention! Socializing cats to aid adoptability. Susan C. Kahler, JAVMA news. 4.15.16
Media 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
Media Mention! What’s Inside Your Cat’s Head? This Is What Science Has Found So Far. Agata Blaszczak Boxe, BrainDecoder. 7.15. 15
Publication! 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