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Feline Behavior Webinars

Below you will find recordings of the webinars that have been provided live by the Cat Committee. For up and coming webinars please visit the home page.

Recorded Feline Webinars

    • Monday, October 21, 2013
    • 10:00 AM (PDT)
    • Wednesday, July 31, 2019
    • 11:00 AM (PDT)
    • recorded Webinar

    Change Unwanted Cat Behaviors. Does Punishment Work? What are Effective Alternatives?

    with Marilyn Krieger

    Join Marilyn Krieger for this exciting webinar on cat behavior. Many people resort to squirt bottles, cans that hiss, mats that shock, yelling, force and (positive) punishment in their efforts to stop unwanted cat behaviors.

    Participants will learn whether these techniques work to change unacceptable behaviors and the common side effects of them. They will also learn effective, force-free methods for behavior change. In addition, the webinar will cover implementing these techniques to change 2-3 common cat behavior challenges.

    Course Information

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Side effects/consequences of using aversives and/or force to change unwanted cat behaviors
    2. Effective alternative techniques for changing behaviors that do not include aversives and positive punishment
    3. Details for modifying 2-3 specific and common behavior problems using force-free techniques

    About The Presenter

    Certified Cat Behavior Consultant MA, BA
    Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of The Cat Coach, LLC®

    Marilyn solves cat behavior problems nationally and internationally through on-site, phone and Skype consultations. Marilyn, an award-winning author, also writes articles on cat behavior for Catster and the monthly behavior columns for Cat Fancy Magazine. Her book, Naughty No More! focuses on changing unwanted cat behaviors through clicker training, environmental management and other force-free methods.

    In addition to consulting and writing, Marilyn teaches classes and lectures nationally on cat behavior. She frequently guests on television and radio programs, providing valuable insights on cat behavior. She was featured on Animal Planet’s Cats 101 and recently was the cat behavior advisor for a show aired on National Geographic.

    CEU's Pending



    KPA 1 CEU

    • Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, June 17, 2021
    • 10:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

     Free Recorded Member Webinar

    with Kat Albrecht


    This workshop covers the basics of lost cat behavior and discusses proven strategies for recovering outside access cats that have vanished as well as indoor-only cats that have escaped outside. 

    If you own a cat or have clients who own a cat, this vital information can help you know exactly what to do within the first hours of a cat vanishing.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The investigative question to ask when an outside cat vanishes
    • The investigative question to ask when an indoor-only cat escapes outside
    • The first critical steps to take when a cat has vanished
    • How to use “House As Trap” to recover a displaced cat

    About The Presenter

    Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership. 

    Since 1997, Kat has worked search dogs trained to find lost pets. She pioneered the cross application of law enforcement investigative techniques and technologies to solve lost pet investigations and is widely known as the leading authority on K9 pet detective training. 

    Through her business K9 Pet Trackers, Kat recently launched the first-ever pet detective academy where she trains humans and search dogs to find lost pets. 

    Kat has appeared on Animal Planet and articles about her work have appeared in People, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, and Parade. She is the author of two books: The Lost Pet Chronicles and Dog Detectives. Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband, her two dogs, and her “target” cat Cheeto.


    • Saturday, September 27, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 27, 2020
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Jane Ehrlich

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC  1, CPDT 1, KPA 1 

    Join Jane Ehrlich for this 60 minute webinar on Feline House Soiling Problems. House soiling is the key issue responsible for cats being re-homed or placed in shelters. It is also one of the most common problems facing behavior consultants.

    When cats urinate in inappropriate places we are left to ask, why does this happen and what can we do to change this problematic behavior?

    Jane will address each of these key reasons. This webinar will be interactive and attendees will be asked to submit questions prior to the live session during the registration process.

    Presentation Format

    This webinar has been set up to answer specific questions regarding this one topic and the key reasons this behavior may be happening

    • An infection or other medical problem
    • Problems with the litter box
    • Different kinds of stress

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the types of infections or medical problems that may be causing this behavior problem
    • How to rule out medical concerns
    • Types of litter box problems and the most appropriate solutions
    • The role stress plays in feline house soiling and potential solutions

    About The Presenter

    Jane now owns and operates Cattitude Feline Behavior in Arizona. Jane is Associate Certified with the IAABC.

    Jane has over 27 years as a trained feline behaviorist who understands and works with a cat’s psychology and personalities. For twenty years Jane was a volunteer clinical assistant and feline behavior advisor at the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in London. Jane studied under Dr. Michael W. Fox, internationally known veterinarian, bioethicist, and pioneering canine &feline behaviorist. As a cat behaviorist Jane helps owners worldwide by in-home consultation & telephone consultations.

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

    Presented by Dr. Isabella Merola

    CEU:  CPDT 1, KPA 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1


    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.

    • Thursday, September 10, 2015
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, September 10, 2020
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Patience Fisher

    CEU: PPAB 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    This cursory course on the house cat will touch on all things a cat owner should know in order to prevent unwanted behaviors in their house cat. A brief overview of ethology, domestication, socialization, and communication will lay the foundation for how to set up your house and interact with your cat.

    The unique needs of a house cat will be detailed including placement and use of the litter box and scratching posts/pads, play time, feeding, vertical space, privacy, consistency, establishing a good relationship, and desensitizing the cat to carriers, claw trimming, and pills. The importance of observing behavior to catch medical problems will be explained, as well as the importance of not letting bad habits continue without seeking professional help.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand ethology and domestication of the house cat
    • Learn about cat's communication and socialization
    • Understand the importance of providing a secure, stress-free territory for an indoor cat
    • Learn the correct use and placement of litter boxes and scratching posts/pads
    • Understand how to promote a good relationship with your cat and how to monitor health
    • Learn about playing with your cat to promote good behavior
    • Learn how to make a good behavior become a habit
    • Learn how to desensitize your cat to the carrier, claw trims, and pills.
    • Listen to a brief overview of what a cat behavior consultant does

    About The Presenter

    Patience Fisher owns Walk, Play, Learn!, a Pittsburgh-based pet service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service, she is now offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.

    Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute.

    Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.

    • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Monday, January 20, 2020
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Francine Miller

    CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1


    Inappropriate scratching is a widespread issue, but is seldom enough for clients to believe that it warrants a behavior specialist. This presentation will discuss why cat's scratch, which is an innate behavior and serves many purposes.

    Client's can't remove their cat's wild instincts, but they can orchestrate where they are acted out. Learn how to set up humane deterrents, select the right scratcher for your cat and where to locate it and how to attract your cat to an appropriate scratcher.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Why cat's scratch

    • The case against declawing

    • Attracting your cat to the appropriate scratcher

    • Selecting the right cat scratcher, what kind and where to place

    • Setting up humane deterrents for inappropriate scratching surfaces and locations

    • What NOT to do

    About The Presenter


    Francine has eleven years experience treating dogs and cats with behavior problems. She has consulted on hundreds of cases for every type of aggression in dogs and cats, separation anxiety, barking, phobias, fear reactions, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination, escape, urine marking, scratching, housesoiling, litter box issues, compulsive disorders and more.

    In 2005, Francine completed all coursework for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Animal Behavior Science and Family Counseling for Companion Animals, from the American College of Applied Science (ACAS). Studies included canine and feline behavior, ethology, animal behavior, animal learning, conditioning, animal psychology and veterinary psychopharmacology.

    In 2011, she also completed three semesters of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) toward a certification as an aBCBA (Associate Board Certified Behavior Analyst) with the Florida Institute of Technology.

    Francine holds a BA from Syracuse University and had a long career in advertising and marketing prior to pursuing her interest in helping pet parents with their dog's and cat's behavioral problems. Applied Animal Behavior is her second career.

    • Thursday, February 18, 2016
    • 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Tuesday, February 18, 2020
    • 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

       Free Member Webinar

    presented by Patience Fisher

    CEU: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1 

    Join Patience Fisher as she discusses a protocol to introduce cats to each other, and the background information needed to understand how the cats are progressing during this process. Patience will also discuss cat communication, with emphasis on affiliative signals, peace-keeping signals, and aggressive signals. Having realistic expectations based on the backgrounds of the cats is important. Not all cats will be friends, but co-existence is possible if you set up the cats' resources correctly. Case studies that illustrate this will be presented.

    The steps in the introduction protocol include: setting up a safe room; showing a new cat the house; non-contact introduction; and short, supervised free contact. How to read the cats to know if it is all right to proceed to the next step is critical. How to keep the whole process stress-free by providing ample and correctly positioned resources is important.

    Webinar Objectives


    • realistic expectations based on:
    • the natural social system of cats
    • the sensitive period of socialization
    • how to read the cats' reactions
    • steps in the introduction protocol
    • setting up a safe room
    • showing the new cat the house
    • non-contact introductions
    • gradual free-contact
    • setting up the cats’ resources for the long-term

    About The Presenters

    Patience Fisher owns Patience, a Pittsburgh-based cat consulting service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service known as Walk, Play, Learn, she is now exclusively offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.

    Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute.
    Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.
    • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, April 27, 2020
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Paula Garber

    CEU: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1  


    This presentation will teach you the ins and outs of organizing a Kittengarten. You will learn why kitten socialization is so important (and needed), and the goals and objectives of a Kittengarten. The presentation will discuss how to develop the basic structure and curriculum, find a location, boost kitten participation and human attendance, and practice the skills you will need to conduct a Kittengarten.

     The presentation will also share ideas for identifying individuals, groups, and organizations that can help you (and that you can help in return). Plus, you will learn how organizing a Kittengarten can drive business for you and others who are involved. Many resources will be provided to help you organize a fun, unique Kittengarten in your community.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Explain the need for kitten socialization
    • Create a basic structure and curriculum for a Kittengarten class
    • Develop the necessary skill set to conduct the class
    • Understand what tools and supplies you will need
    • Identify those who can help with the class
    • Generate creative ways to market the class
    • Anticipate (and minimize) potential problems

      About The Presenters


      Paula holds a master’s degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. She is also certified in Low-Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) and Pet CPR & First Aid, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.

      Paula owns and operates LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions and is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. A consummate cat advocate, Paula proudly serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.

      • Monday, August 15, 2016
      • 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Saturday, August 15, 2020
      • 8:00 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar


      Free Member Webinar

      Presented by Lennea Bower

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1



      We all have a vision of our multi-species home as a peaceable kingdom, but how do we make that dream a reality? First impressions do matter, and the initial "introduction" of dogs and cats can make a huge difference in establishing successful dog-cat households. This webinar will review strategies for successfully integrating new dog to a household with a resident cat and vice versa. This process starts prior to the animals' first meeting and may continue for days, weeks, or months before stabilizing.

      In addition, it will cover pain points and possible solutions for building a successful relationship that can endure the test of time. For professionals, it will also review important areas to discuss with your clients. These include helping your client set realistic expectations for process, expectations and timeline. We will also touch on factors, such as physical home set up, family composition, and lifestyle that can also affect this process. In addition, we will address issues related to the animals' past experience and personalities that may help or hinder the integration process, as well as the importance of meeting the basic needs of all household members throughout the integration process.

      Learning Objectives

      • Understand the basic process for integrating a dog-cat multi-species household.

      • Identify human and animal factors that may delay or impede the integration process.
      • Be prepared to discuss potential issues with non-animal professionals.

      About the Presenter

      Lennea “Linny” Bower, MA, CPDT-KA grew up in a multi-species household that included both dogs and cats. She began volunteering in animal shelters in 2004 and has worked and volunteered in shelters in metro-DC, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica. She became interested in force-free training while working in animal shelters. She began teaching group classes at a local shelter in 2010, and founded her business, Next Best Pet, in 2013. She currently teaches group classes at the Animal Resource Foundation in Chester, MD, and offers private training in Maryland's Prince George's and Queen Anne's counties.

      Lennea has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish Studies and a master’s degree in Psychology, all from American University. She earned her CPDT-KA certification in 2014. She has previously presented on topics including multi-species households and adopting a new dog. She has also worked with animal shelter staff and volunteers behavior and training topics.

      • Monday, October 10, 2016
      • (EDT)
      • Sunday, October 10, 2021
      • (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar

      Free Member Webinar

      Foraging Felines: Providing House Cats with Necessary Mental and Physical Stimulation Through Fun with Their Food.

      Presented by Amy Martin


      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

      Are you puzzled about puzzle feeders for cats? Most cat guardians are. Even the few who have limited knowledge as to what a puzzle feeder is they are still unaware as to why their cuddly couch cat desperately needs daily mental and physical enrichment. This results in a severe lack of species-appropriate enrichment for companion cats. 

      A lack of mental and physical stimulation is linked to a myriad of medical and behavioral issues in cats. But this can be reversed! When properly utilized, foraging enrichment can enhance the lives of both cats and their guardians. This webinar will discuss how to successfully and safely enrich the lives of our feline family members, no matter their age.

      Learning Objectives

      • Learn why Foraging enrichment should be viewed as an essential part of providing an excellent quality of life for companion cats in captivity
      • Receive guidelines for safely and successfully implementing foraging opportunities
      • Discover how to easily implement this important tool into everyday life.
      • Dispel the myths behind foraging tools for senior and geriatric cats
      • Explore the positive side effects of foraging for both cats and their guardians
      • Learn why house cats need food enrichment that parallels the enrichment offered to exotic cats in captivity


      About the Presenter


      Amy has studied animal welfare, applied behavior analysis, animal husbandry, animal enrichment, and ethology for nearly 20 years. Throughout this time her work has focused on teaching others how to implement force-free (choice-based) training, while enhancing the human-animal bond.

      Amy worked at one of the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s (AZA) top ranking, accredited zoos for a decade. Just a few of the many hats she wore while at Audubon Nature Institute were: Visitor Programming Animal Coordinator, ZOOmobile’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Animal Enrichment Coordinator, Lead Animal Trainer for the Education Department, and the Institutional Representative for various critically endangered Species Survival Plans (SSP).

      Through these programs Amy was fortunate to work closely (train/manage/breed) a wide variety of exotic and critically endangered species. Some of these species were Felis and Panthera, corvids, psittacines, raptors, venomous species, primates, hoof stock, elephants, crocodilians, Komodo dragons, Giant tortoises, the world’s first African wildcat clones, and dozens of other SSP animals. Amy has received multiple certifications from AZA's Professional Development Certificate Program. Some of her professional published works include An Analysis of the Post-release Success of Captive-bred Louisiana Pine Snakes and Target Training and Voluntary Blood Drawing of the Aldabra Tortoise.

      Amy Martin is the owner, founder, and chief operator of Conscious Companion™. Some of her former and current advisory roles for companion animals include: The board of advisers for Family Paws Parent Education, advisory board member of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary, licensed presenter of the Dogs & Storks® and the Dogs & Toddlers™ programs, Doggone Safe, the Pet Professional Guild's Cat Committee, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).

      Amy has taken a break from animal behavior consulting to focus her efforts on writing a few books and to serve the Marine Corps; she and her husband are serving as the 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Team on the West Coast.

      You can learn more about Amy at ConsciousCompanion.com.

      • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
      • (EST)
      • Saturday, December 14, 2019
      • (EST)
      • Recorded

      (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

      Presented by Paula Garber

      CEUs PPAB 1

      Much of feline communication and behavior is subtle and not easily recognizable to us, so cats are often seen as mysterious and “aloof.” This presentation will help you realize that this could not be further from the truth. You will learn how to recognize and understand cats’ communication and behavioral signals, and hopefully develop a deeper appreciation for cats too!

      The webinar will commence with a brief history of the domestic cat as a species to gain a better understanding why cats communicate and behave the way they do, and how their communication style is different from that of humans and dogs. It will discuss the importance of scent in feline communication—a silent form of communication that can be invisible to us except by observing how and where a cat deposits his/her scent. It will also explore the different vocalizations of cats and their meanings, as well as how to interpret what a cat is saying through the position of his/her body, ears, eyes, whiskers, mouth, and tail. In addition, the presentation will explain how the context in which a behavior occurs affects the meaning of a cat’s communication signals, and will explore cats’ social behavior toward humans, other cats, and dogs. The many photos and videos of cat communication and behavior “in action” in the presentation are provided not only as examples, but also as opportunities for you to practice recognizing feline communication signals. After the webinar, you will be able to immediately apply your new knowledge to the cats in your care, and also help your clients better understand their cats. 

      Webinar Objectives

      • Understand the history of the domestic cat.
      • Recognize the differences between how cats and humans communicate.
      • Understand the importance of scent in cat communication.
      • Identify the different vocalizations of cats; interpret cat communication based on the position of the cat’s body, ears, eyes, whiskers, mouth, and tail.
      • Recognize that the context in which a cat communicates affects the meaning of his/her signals.
      • Understand the social behavior of cats toward humans, other cats, and dogs.
      • Apply your understanding of cat communication and behavioral signals to examples. 

      About the Presenter

      Paula Garber is the owner of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions located in Westchester County, New York. She is a certified animal training and enrichment professional and certified feline training and behavior specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in lowstress handling (Silver-2015) through Dr. Sophia Yin’s course, ‘Low-Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats.’ Garber holds a Master’s in education and is currently earning a diploma in feline behavior science and technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She provides private, inhome cat training and behavior consulting services, and works with cats in shelters and rescue groups to help increase their adoptability. 

      Garber also serves as a co-vice chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She is an advisor to the board of directors for FurBridge, a local animal rescue and community outreach organization, and a volunteer for the Jackson Galaxy Foundation’s Cat Pawsitive Initiative. A consummate cat advocate, she proudly heads up the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community, and hosts an annual event to build winter shelters for feral cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats. 

      • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
      • 12:00 PM (EST)
      • Saturday, December 14, 2019
      • 1:00 PM (EST)
      • Recorded Webinar

      Free Member Webinar

      Presented by Paula Garber

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1 

      In this webinar, you will learn the common causes of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats, as well as the evolutionary, environmental, and social factors that often contribute to these emotions. You will also learn how cats typically express fear, anxiety, and stress and the signs to look for, some of which may be subtle. After gaining an understanding of the potential fallout of using force-based handling techniques, you will learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats that you can begin using immediately, whether you work with cats in a veterinary clinic or a shelter, or in a home setting with your clients’ cats—or even your own cats.

      Learning Objectives

      • Understand why cats are especially prone to experiencing fear, anxiety, and stress
      • Identify signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats
      • Understand the potential consequences of force-based handling techniques on cats and humans
      • Learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress for cats in veterinary clinics, shelters, and at home

      About the Presenter

      Paula owns LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, NY. She holds a master of arts degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in Low Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) through Sophia Yin’s course, Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.

      Paula is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also serves as an advisor to the board of FurBridge, a non-profit animal rescue and community outreach program. A consummate cat advocate, Paula hosts an annual event for volunteers to build winter shelters for free-roaming cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.

      • Thursday, March 02, 2017
      • 6:00 PM (EST)
      • Tuesday, March 02, 2021
      • 7:00 PM (EST)
      • Recorded Webinar

      Free Member Webinar

      Presented by Beth Adelman

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

      While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? I have found a behavior modification protocol using negative reinforcement to be very effective in these situations.

      I am using the term “negative reinforcement” in the strict sense of removing something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated. I do not use aversives in this behavior modification protocol. My goal is always to move the cat as quickly as possible to a state where he or she is able to accept positive reinforcement.

      Learning Objectives

      • A very quick review of the four quadrants of negative and positive reinforcement and punishment, as used in discussing operant conditioning.
      • Why positive reinforcement might not work for some cats in some situations.
      • What kinds of cats/situations might do better with negative reinforcement.
      • Why negative reinforcement might work for those cats.
      • A step-by-step explanation of a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol for working with cats in a home environment. I will use the case study of one of my own cats as the framework for describing this protocol.
      • I will point out where I customized the protocol for this cat, for clients’ cats, and how it can be customized for each individual cat. Emphasis is on meeting each cat where they are.
      • How a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol is used to lead the cat to a state where he or she can accept positive reinforcement for further behavior modification work.
      • If time permits, some tips on other ways to help a frightened/under-socialized cat adapt to a new home.

      About the Presenter

      Beth has been a cat behavior consultant with an active practice in New York for more than a decade and is a member of the PPG Cat Committee. She has taught the Cat Behavior segment (a six-hour one-day seminar) of Kutztown University’s Canine Training and Management certificate program. She has given seminars at IAABC conferences, and at professional conferences and public events sponsored by Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club, the Cat Writers Association, Meet the Breeds (a cat and dog breed showcase in New York City co-sponsored by TICA and AKC), and the Winn Feline Foundation, among others. Beth is also the 2011 recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation award
      • Monday, July 31, 2017
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Wednesday, July 31, 2019
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar

      Presented by Ingrid Johnson

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

      This lecture will discuss the importance of encouraging indoor cats to work for their food, motivating cats to learn how to forage, staging the difficulty level of the objects offered and how to set clients up for success feeding this way. The benefits of this type of feeding style bring out the hunting instincts of our pampered predators and introduce much needed enrichment into their lives. We will specifically discuss implementing this feeding strategy in a multi-cat household, as a weight loss program, and as a tool to keep young cats busy and working their mind and body! You will even learn how to make some food puzzles at home!


      • Why should cats forage?
      • Dietary needs and feeding style
      • Getting started
      • Motivating cats to forage
      • Staging the difficulty level
      • Integrating into practice

      About The Presenter

      Ingrid Johnson is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is currently employed at Paws Whiskers and Claws, a feline only veterinary hospital and has been working exclusively with cats since 1999.

      Ingrid also owns and operates Fundamentally Feline, providing in home and phone consultations for clients experiencing behavior challenges with their cat(s). In addition to behavior consultations, Ingrid publishes educational blog content, manages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, hand makes her own line of feline foraging toys, scratching posts and scratch pads, and litter boxes.

      Ingrid co-authored Food puzzles for cats: Feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) in the fall of 2016, and has since been lecturing on the topic including at the AAFP 2016 Fall conference as well as ACVC.

      Ingrid’s home, cats, and environmental enrichment expertise has been featured on Animal Planet’s Cats101 show. She has filmed for WebMD and created a series of educational How-To videos of her own. You may view these on Fundamentally Feline’s website and You Tube channel. She is proudly Co-Director of Paw Project-Georgia, working towards ending the cruel practice of de-clawing cats.

      Cat Fancy magazine’s 2008 “Home Issue” showcased her feline friendly accommodations and the aesthetically pleasing ways you can provide for your cats innate basic needs while still having a home the humans can enjoy.

      Ingrid shares her home with husband Jake and six cats.

      • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
      • 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Thursday, September 26, 2019
      • 8:00 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar

      Presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

      Interesting feline behavior cases from a veterinary point of view


      • Thoroughly assess feline behavior problems
      • Determine if medical issues are present
      • Decide if concurrent medical issues are a mitigating factor in behavior situations
      • Know when to refer behavior problems to a DVM

      About The Presenter

      Dr Lynn Honeckman graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, and has practiced in small animal medicine and exotics over the past 23 years In Illinois, New York, and Florida. She had experience in wildlife rehabilitation in the Chicago area as well as shelter medicine at New York's North Shore Animal League, before moving to Orlando, Florida in 1999.

      In 2010, Dr Honeckman opened Veterinary Behavior Solutions, to focus on behavior cases throughout the greater Orlando area. Dr Honeckman is on the special council of the Pet Professional Guild and has helped create the Central Florida Force-Free Behavior and Trainers Network, where she works very closely with other professionals in the community to help reduce and treat fear, anxiety, and aggression in the companion pet. Dr Honeckman is the committee chairperson for AVSAB position statements, and is on the advisory board for Dr Marty Becker's Fear-Fear(™) Initiative as well as a certified fear-free professional. Dr Honeckman has recently started a non-conforming residency in veterinary behavior with Dr Karen Overall.

      • Thursday, October 26, 2017
      • 12:00 PM (EDT)
      • Saturday, October 26, 2019
      • 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar

      Presented by Jacqueline Munera

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

      While cats can certainly be trained, many people find them more challenging to work with than dogs. Even professionals that have a solid basis in learning science can struggle when trying to apply that knowledge to training cats. We need to take a cat’s-eye perspective and figure out what they want and need in order to feel comfortable. This session will focus on the real-world nitty gritty of cat training. We will use videos and photos to explore some cat communication signals and behavior that reveal Kitty’s readiness to interact, cover the importance of the relationship between cat and handler, and review how to set-up cat-friendly training sessions. We will also peruse the when, where, and how-to techniques of reinforcement delivery. Attendees are expected to already understand basic operant and respondent principles. This session is excellent for dog trainers and cat behavior consultants that want to learn more about cat training.

      Learning Objectives: After this seminar, attendees should be able to

      • Understand the importance of the relationship between cat and handler
      • Recognize cat behavior relevant to a training session (e.g. cut-off signals, displacement behaviors)
      • Set-up a cat-friendly learning environment
      • Be ready to experiment with ways to deliver reinforcers

      About The Presenter

      Jacqueline Munera encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of. Jacqueline is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality. Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple award winning cat and dog behavior articles.

      Jacqueline and Jazzmanda are also the first human-cat team in the world to pass level 2 of Kay Laurence’s challenging test of clicker training skills, the Competency Assessment Programme (CAP). Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!

      • Monday, January 22, 2018
      • 1:00 PM (EST)
      • Friday, January 22, 2021
      • 2:00 PM (EST)
      • Recorded Webinar

      Presented by Beth Adelman

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1

      Webinar Description

      Cats evolved to eliminate out of doors, and they are very particular about doing it indoors. A host of new litter box studies has given us a lot of information on what cats prefer from their box. We'll go over the box, the litter, the location and the ambiance that cats prefer.

      We also have a new understanding of the role stress and boredom play in litter box use and misuse. We'll discuss how play and enrichment affect litter box use.

      Webinar Learning Objectives

      • Understand what cats require from a litter box and why.
      • Recognize common reasons why cats do not use the litter box, both physical and behavioral.
      • Troubleshoot litter box problems.
      • Understand how to resolve common litter box problems.
      • Understand new research into stress and its link to litter box problems.

      Your Presenter

      Beth Adelman, MS, is a Cat Behavior Consultant and a publishing professional in Brooklyn, New York. Beth was a founding member of the Cat Division of the IAABC, and is the former editor in chief of Cats magazine and DogWorld and former cat columnist for the New York Post. Beth has worked as a writer and a speaker for the Winn Feline Foundation. She has also been a speaker for the Cat Writers Association, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Kutztown University, Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club and the Cat Fanciers Association, and a guest on a variety of radio shows. She currently is a regular speaker on cat behavior at New York’s Meow Parlour.
      • The microbiome and its role in animal health
      • Roles played by key bacteria in the gut
      • Different approaches to maintaining and restoring gut health, probiotics, diet, and fecal transplants
      • Thursday, September 06, 2018
      • 12:00 PM
      • Monday, September 06, 2021
      • On Demand - Listen As Soon As You Register

      On Demand Listening!

      Listen Whenever You Want, From Wherever You Are!

      Presented by Dr. Lynn Bahr

      CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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      Throughout history, cats have always lived outdoors. It is only recently, within the last 50-60 years, that indoor cats have become the norm. This became possible with the introduction of kitty litter, cat food and the prevalence of sterilization. While the new housing arrangement has strengthened the bond people have with their cats, life within four walls is not always ideal for them. In fact, many cats live within very un-cat-fur-able surroundings devoid of fresh air, sunshine, grass and entertainment. However, with a little effort and creativity, it is possible to enrich cats’ lives easily and affordably. The focus of this lecture is to present ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more suitable environments for our captive furry feline friends. Strategies for creating the “purr”fect environment will be discussed and include how to grow grass for cats, the proper way to feed them, providing suitable areas to scratch, play and exercise, as well as opportunities to experience fresh air and sunshine safely. The goal of the lecture is to recognize that living exclusively indoors is restrictive, unnatural and many times undesirable from a cat’s point of view, but that we can do many things to make the surroundings more comfortable and enriching with simple solutions that make their lives better.

      Learning Objectives:

      Recognize the changing lifestyle of cats within the past 50 years from living life outdoors to often being housed exclusively indoors, and the impact it has had on their lives and ours.

      Discuss the effects of this relatively new lifestyle on our furry friends as it relates to their overall health and well-being. Medical conditions like obesity, inflammatory diseases and depression may be linked to living in environments lacking suitable enrichment, and more attention is needed to prevent these ailments from occurring.

      Identify common problems that exist in feline households that lack suitable outlets for cats to exhibit normal behavior. Focus on basic and necessary elements that are essential for all cats housed within four walls to ensure that their mental and physical needs are met.

      Discover ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more natural and stimulating habitats that contribute to improving the quality of life of indoor-only cats.

      Your Presenter

      Dr. Lynn Bahr is a 1991 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine who credits a special grey and white ball of kitten fluff with leading her down the path of a career in feline medicine and behavior. Her areas of interest and special care for felines include health and wellness, environmental enrichment, hospice care, strengthening the animal-human bond, ending the practice of declawing, and the ability to speak cat. Dr. Bahr is currently the CEO of Dezi & Roo, a company that manufactures and sells solution-based pet products. She also serves on the board of directors of Pandemonium Aviaries.

      • Friday, May 03, 2019
      • 8:00 AM (EDT)
      • Monday, April 12, 2021
      • 11:30 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Audio

      Feline Track Recordings

      Day ONE

      1. Open Address - PPG President Niki Tudge (30 min)
      2. No More Cat Wrangling! Techniques for force-free feline handling -Tabitha Kucera (1.5 hrs)

      Day TWO

      1. Human-Directed Feline Aggression - Beth Adelman (1.5 hrs)
      2. How to Speak Cat: Exploring Feline Communication and Social Behavior - Paula Garber (1.5 hrs)

      Day Three

      1. Sufferin’ Succotash! Why is my cat aggressive? - Dr. Lynn Honeckman  (1.5 hrs)
      2. Causes and Treatment of Intercat Aggression - Paula Garber and Tabitha Kucera (1.5 hrs)

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