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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 examine 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/
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.
Watch as Dr. Udell of the OSU Human-Animal Interaction Lab discusses some of our research into cat social cognition.
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.