Learn about your dog or cat’s behavior! Research participation opportunity in Oregon!


The Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Lab is
is seeking participants for a research opportunity in Corvallis, OR!

How Has the Pandemic Impacted Your Pets? Help us understand pet behavior and human-animal bonds were impacted by the events of this past year. 

This study will take place on the Oregon State University Corvallis campus (Withycombe Hall) and include a short survey and two behavioral attachment tests with your dog or cat (taking approximately 20-30 minutes per pet; you can schedule multiple pets for back to back sessions or on separate days if desired). 

Current study needs: 

Dogs or cats that have previously visited our lab: If you have had a pet participate in attachment bond research in our lab previously (dog, cat or both) any or all are eligible to participate. Given the changes to daily routine that many of us our experiencing during the pandemic, we are in special need of returning participants to help us understand how the unusual events of this past year have impacted dog/cat behavior and the human-animal bond.  If this is a second visit for one or more of your pets, we ask that the same human caretaker accompany the animal, as we are interested in comparing behavioral responses in the presence of the same person.

New dog or cat participants acquired during the pandemic (March 2020- present): If you have acquired a pet during this period, or know someone who has, they are also eligible to participate. 

 Other dogs and cats: If you have additional dogs or cats that do not fall into the above categories, you are welcome to enroll them too! We will be looking at first-time testing of animals adopted pre-pandemic for comparison. 

To participate, pets must be in good health, current on vaccinations (for their age) and not be on medication that would be expected to significantly alter their behavior. 

If you wish to participate, please contact us to schedule, and we will provide you with the information you need prior to participation. 

Please contact Hallie Shean to schedule testing times: sheanh [at] oregonstate.edu 
  
You can also email the study PI with any questions: Monique.udell [at] oregonstate.edu

Learn more about the Human-Animal Interaction Lab: www.thehumananimalbond.com 

Free Presentations Exploring the Cat-Human Relationship

The Animal Behavior Society Applied Animal Behavior group just hosted a Public Day event entitled Building Relationships with our Animals.


Below are the two cat related presentations from the event. A full list of the talks along with the presentation videos are available here! 

Cat Related Events:

  • Cats can be social too! Understanding and supporting the human-cat bond, Monique A. R. Udell, PhD, CAAB.

  • Using science to build a better relationship with your cat, Mikel Maria Delgado, PhD, CAAB, CCBC.

    • Watch as Dr. Delgado of Feline Minds discusses ways to increase positive interactions with your cat to build a stronger relationship. 

 

New Podcast Interview: Feline Behavior Myth Busting

I was recently featured on the Morris Animal Foundation Fresh Scoop Podcast. Listen as we discuss feline behavior and myths surrounding cat sociability and training. Full podcast and transcript available here! 

CatSci Podcast Updates

We have released several new CatSci Podcast episodes over the past few months. In these episodes we explore the science behind whether our cats love us, we talk with Trisha Seifried, a professional cat trainer who has trained cats for commercials and films, we talk to Tabitha Kucera, the owner of Chirrups and Chatter Cat and Dog behavior consulting, and we discuss Peak Purrformance, a certification and titling body for cats. If you enjoy the episodes remember to subscribe to us on YouTube.

We are also happy to announce that the Cat Writers’ Association awarded us a Certificate of Excellence and the Muse Medallion Award for winning entry in the Audio/Broadcast category in the 2019 Communication Contest. Interested in listening to the winning episode? Check out CatSci Ep. 2: Everyday Enrichment, Spice Up Your Cat’s Life.

List of Recent CatSci Podcast Episodes:

CatSci Ep 6: Does Your Cat Love You?
CatSci Ep. 7: Trisha Seifried, Seeing the Pet-ential in Cats
CatSci Ep. 8: Tabitha Kucera, Fear Free & Fun
CatSci Ep. 9: Peak Purrformance, The Official Certifying Body for Cats

Decoding Cats Audible Original

Do you love science and cats? Audible recently released my Audible Original, Decoding Cats: Inside the Feline Mind. This is a series of 10, ~30 minute lectures in which I discuss cat evolution and domestication, kitten development, cat behavior, cat cognition, cat socialization, cat training, and the cat-human relationship. Interested? Click here to learn more about the series!

Decoding Cats: Inside the Feline Mind
By: Kristyn Vitale, PhD & The Great Courses
Narrated by: Kristyn Vitale
Publisher: Audible Originals