Kitten Training Classes!

Think you can’t train cats? Think again!

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The Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Lab Offers FREE kitten training classes in Corvallis, OR!

Have a kitten between 4-8 months? Join our next free 6-week class!

Kittens socialize and play with one another and meet new people (and you meet other cat owners!) Learn how to use positive reinforcement to work on problem behaviors and teach:

-Sit
-Come when called
-Go to mat & stay
-Walk on harness & leash
-Targeting
-Trick behaviors like “sit pretty”, high jump, jump through hoop, fetch… and many more!
-See video below to watch kittens from our first class!

There are opportunities to receive FREE gift cards, cat training materials, and cat enrichment items for participating in the class!

Contact: Kristyn Shreve for more details!
kristyn.shreve [at] oregonstate.edu

Here are clips from the first class offered by the HAI Lab!

Not able to join us for the training class? We are also looking for kitten volunteers between 4-8 months to participate in fun research tests in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab in Corvallis, OR. Contact me for details!

 

Contemplating Cat Personality in Cat-Human Relationships

Oregonians- check out an upcoming talk where I will discuss the role of cat personality in the cat-human relationship!

Contemplating Cat Personality in Cat-Human Relationships
Is your cat a unique individual with a distinct personality? Scientific research indicates- yes! Cats display a wide range of personalities that influence their relationship with humans. This talk will examine current feline personality research as well as the applied benefits of considering personality when adopting, training or interacting with cats.

WHEN: July 9, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Willamette Humane Society Education Hall 4246 Turner Road Southeast Salem, OR 97317

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Free Kitten Training Class in Corvallis, OR

Hello all! I will be leading another free kitten training class in Corvallis, OR winter 2016. Please see the below flyer for details. Contact me if you have any questions or if are interested in enrolling the the class. It will be a lot of fun for humans and kittens alike!

See this link for videos from the previous kitten training class! 

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Stroller Cat

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The farmer’s market in downtown Corvallis, Oregon is filled with crafts, vegetable stands, food carts, music and tons of dogs enjoying constant attention from strangers. In the middle of all the commotion I was surprised to see a beautiful Abyssinian cat getting pushed in a stroller. He did not seem fazed by the excitement and calmly accepted the dogs that approached and sniffed him and the people that petted her. He enjoyed all the attention he received for being the only feline in the market. Strangers commented on his beauty and how unique he was to enjoy the crowds of people.

When I tell people I work with cats people often comment they are not “cat people” for a variety of reasons including cats hate being around people, cats only care about themselves, and cats manipulate humans for their personal gain. Anyone who has gotten to know a cat knows these are not valid statements. Cats, like any animal, have a wide variety of personalities. Sure, there are some cats that are independent and do not enjoy much company (just like some humans!). But, it is a myth that all cats are asocial introverts. Cats form strong, enduring bonds with humans. For example, watch this recent video of a cat protecting a boy in it’s family from a dog attack (WARNING: graphic photos at end of video). This is not an isolated incident. There are numerous stories of cats protecting those they care about from harm. This is one reason I find cats so interesting. They have evolved to be solitary and independent, yet domesticated cats form strong bonds with humans and a wide variety of other animals. Please don’t judge an entire species based off hearsay or one experience!