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

Free Event! Kitten Socialization Quarantine Quintessentials

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Upcoming free event! Join us  this Friday May 22 at 8pm Eastern Time (5pm Pacific) for a free webinar in which we will discuss kitten socialization essentials to consider while in quarantine. The webinar costs nothing to attend, but please visit this website to register.

Presented by: 
Kristyn Vitale, PhD of maueyes Cat Science & Training
Tabitha Kucera, Elite Fear Free and Low Stress Handling Certified RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP of Chirrups & Chatter Behavior Solutions 

Upcoming! Virtual Talk on Cat Behavior

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Join us this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Pacific time) for the second virtual Science Pub from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry!

From OMSI: Pour a pint (at home!) and follow along as Dr. Kristyn Vitale discusses the purr-suasive science behind cat social cognition, how outdoor cats live socially in colonies, and how to improve communication with your cat in a way that allows it to engage in natural cat behaviors.

How to Tune in?

  • Tuesday April 7, 2020 | 6:30-8:30 pm (Pacific time) | $5 Suggested Donation (https://omsisciencepub.square.site/)

  • Go to OMSI’s main facebook page at 6:15 pm. Found at: https://www.facebook.com/omsi.museum/

  • You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to watch the live stream

  • If you are unable to join us on Facebook Live, the video will be posted to OMSI’s Facebook Videos the following day.

  • Each event will begin with our 10 question trivia game. Grab a pencil and paper and compete against your family!

  • We will also host Q&A after the lecture. In order to ask a question, all you have to do is comment on Facebook.

Talk Description

The Science of Cat Social Lives: Improving Cat-Human Relationships with Kristyn Vitale, PhD, Instructor and Researcher in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University

  • Millions of humans worldwide share their homes with cats. Despite the popularity of companion cats in our homes, relatively little scientific research has been conducted on cat behavior or the human-cat relationship. The lack of research in this field may in part stem from common stereotypes that cats are unsocial or untrainable. Yet, the science that does exist indicates cats have rich and complex social lives with both other cats and humans.

  • In this talk, Dr. Kristyn Vitale of the Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Lab will discuss the current science behind cat social cognition. She will explore the behavior of outdoor cats living socially in colonies as well as the socio-cognitive abilities of pet cats including their ability to respond to human behavior or bond with their owners. She will also describe how to improve communication with your cat through training and enrichment opportunities that allow cats to engage in natural behaviors.