What’s Going On in Your Cat’s Head?

New Media Mention: Felicity Muth, Scientific American March 29, 2016
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Cats are often depicted as being less friendly, cooperative and caring than dogs, but what’s really going on in your cat’s head?

Spirit meet cameraUnsurprisingly, scientists use dogs in behavioural experiments a lot more often than cats. There are whole ‘canine cognition’ lab groups and conferences, which has led to a much greater understanding of our canine friends (see for example the blog ‘Dog Spies’). Cats are generally less cooperative and more nervous in social situations, meaning it’s difficult to use them in experiments. However, a recent paper in Animal Cognition by Shreve & Udell at Oregon State University reviewed what we do know about our (sometimes unfriendly) friends regarding how they think. I’m going to divide what we know about cat cognition into two main areas over two posts: firstly, what we know about cat cognition per se and secondly cat cognition that relates to their relationship with humans…..

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Communicate with your cat through training!

Here Cecilia and I show off her basic behaviors & tricks!  Interested in learning how to train your cat? Check out this link for more information!

Free kitten training classes are available in Oregon!


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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