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Are Cats Really The Independent Animals We Believe They Are? New Research Suggests Not! with Dr. Isabella Merola

  • Sunday, July 12, 2015
  • 12:00 PM (EDT)
  • Friday, July 12, 2019
  • 1:00 PM (EDT)
  • Recorded Webinar


  • A discount for Doggone safe members
  • Member registration
  • Almost three hours of live webinars and support materials you get to keep for your own records


Presented by Dr. Isabella Merola



Cats were often considered independent animals, but recent studies have highlighted their ability to use human communication toward them to chose how to act. This is highlighting the social nature of this species and the importance to understand how they use and read humans communication.

Webinar Objectives

  • When and where cat and human met and started their cohabitation
  • What we know about cat human relationship
  • How human emotions can influence cat behaviour

About The Presenter


Isabella is a Veterinary surgeon. She has a Master Degree in Ethology and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Comparative Psychology, which included a research project in dog/cat human relations and communication. She is first author of different papers and referee for journal such as Animal Cognition and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is co-author in a book on behavioural problems in cats and dogs (edited by Poletto Editore, in press). She is actually working at the University of Lincoln (UK) on a project examining pain and emotional expression in cats.

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