New Research: Cats Recognize their Companion Cats’ Names and Faces!

New research published in the journal Scientific Reports has found that cats recognize the names of companion cats in the same household and can match their companions’ names up with their faces!

Learn more at the links below!

Takagi et al. (2022). Cats learn the names of their friend cats in their daily lives. Scientific Reports.

Cats can understand feline roommates’ names, recognize faces: Japanese study. The Mainichi. 

 

 

Upcoming Presentation! The Science of Cat Training and Behavior: Current Work and Future Directions

On April 24th the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Foundation will hold an event as part of their Learning Bond Series.
  
Event description from the IAABC website:Leading-edge researchers and educators Kristyn Vitale and Saho Takagi will host a half-day live event on current work and future directions of cat training and behavior. They’ll discuss how to best apply learning principles to these brilliant, sensitive animals, how to prepare for success in training sessions, how the environment, other pets in the home, and human behavior all affect a cat’s learning, and how best to deal with unwanted or problematic behaviors when they arise. The afternoon will end with a moderated discussion with our presenters and attendees.”

See this link and below for more details!


 

Presentation 1: How Cats Learn: Training to improve cat welfare 
Kristyn Vitale, PhD

Cats are known to be intelligent and curious animals. Yet, counter to this, many believe cats to be untrainable. In this presentation we will explore the relevant science related to how cats learn from their environment, from other cats, and from the humans in their lives. We will discuss how to apply learning principles for cat training, how to set up training sessions for success, and how human behavior can unintentionally shape the behavior of cats. We will also examine how to deal with behaviors that may be seen as inappropriate or problematic. We will conclude with an examination of how to apply this knowledge to increase the welfare of cats living in our homes.

Presentation 2: Social Cognition in Cats: Review of recent studies and my current works
Saho Takagi, PhD

Cats, along with dogs, are the most widely kept companion animals in the world. However, some have been skeptical about their ability to read human social signals, partly because their ancestral species was solitary. In recent years, an increasing number of cats’ social cognition studies have shown that cats are able to read human signals better than previously thought. In this talk, I will introduce the social cognitive abilities of cats that have been revealed in recent years and my current research on the extent to which cats understand human language.

Followed by a Moderated Discussion with Speakers and Attendees

Please join us! Click here for additional details on pricing and registration. 

CatSci Podcast Awarded the Fear Free Pets Award!

CatSci Podcast is happy to announce that this October we were awarded the Fear Free Pets Award as part of the 2020 Cat Writers’ Association (CWA) Communications Contest! This was awarded to Kristyn Vitale and Tori Peterson of CatSci Podcast and our guest speaker, Tabitha Kucera. Thank you for the award, we are very grateful!

According to the CWA, the Fear Free Pets Award is given to the media piece that best educates about how to decrease cat fear, stress, and anxiety before, during, and after veterinary visits and how veterinary staff and clients can utilize Fear Free concepts to promote cat wellbeing.

This is the second time the amazing Tabitha Kucera has won the Fear Free Pets Award (winning in 2019 as well) and it is truly deserved. Tabitha is a leader in this field and Kristyn and Tori are extremely appreciative that Tabitha was able to speak with us and share her award-winning knowledge!

 

 

Learn more about our winning episode below!

 


CatSci Ep. 8: Tabitha Kucera, Fear Free & Fun: In our winning episode, we are joined by cat professional Tabitha Kucera. Tabitha is the owner of Chirrups and Chatter Cat and Dog behavior consulting in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Behavior Consultants, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and an Elite Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified Registered Veterinary Technician. She is a Trainer-Mentor for Jackson Galaxy’s Project, Cat Pawsitve, the co- chair of Pet Professional Guild’s Feline Committee, the Vice President of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a board member of The Together Initiative for Ohio Community Cats. Listen to our winning episode as we learn more about Tabitha and her experiences working with cats and utilizing Fear Free techniques to increase cat wellbeing.

Listen to the Episode Here!


CatSci Podcast is brought to you by Kristyn Vitale, PhD of maueyes Cat Behavior, Science, & Training (www.maueyes.com) & Tori Peterson of Space Cat Academy (www.spacecatacademy.com).


Upcoming Presentation: Dispelling Feline Myths, Kittens and Cats Benefit from Training and Socialization Opportunities

On November 27 & 28th the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Foundation will hold Pounce!, a virtual conference focused on cat behavior and training. Topics will include cat individuality, cat enrichment, cat socialization, cat play behavior, cat fostering, cat training and more! 

 

 

 

 



Sunday, November 28th, 2021 @ 1PM Eastern 

Dispelling Feline Myths: Kittens and Cats Benefit from Training and Socialization Opportunities
Kristyn Vitale, PhD

Cats are often stereotyped as being untrainable loners, but is this really so? Studies of cat behavior have indicated that these ideas are nothing but myth. In this presentation we will challenge these ideas as we discuss the many benefits of training and socialization for kittens and adult cats. We will delve into relevant science related to cat social behavior, kitten socialization, and animal training. We will exa
mine basic animal training principles and their application to cats, methods for assessing a cat’s most-preferred training rewards, and how to organize training and socialization classes for kittens and adult cats. Our talk will conclude with an exploration of how one may apply this knowledge to improve cat welfare and the human-cat relationship.

 

Scholarships are available for students who qualify. For additional details or to register visit: https://iaabcfoundation.org/pounce/

 


 

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