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    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Thursday, December 14, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • 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.

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    Cats are commonly considered by some to be “aloof,” “standoffish,” or even “spiteful” because their behaviors seem mysterious and nonsensical. But cats and cat behavior are, in fact, none of these things. To the untrained eye, cat communication signals can be obscure and, as a result, cat behavior is often misunderstood. Unfortunately, this can lead to inaccurate assessments of cats’ intentions and negative impact on the cat-human bondBut the great thing about feline communication is, once you learn to see the signals, you cannot not see them. And once you learn appropriate terminology, you will be able to see beyond the labels and accurately describe cat behavior 

    The session will begin with a discussion about the language used to describe cat behavior and its effect on how cats are perceived. This will be followed by a brief history of the domestic cat to give us a full understanding of our subjects. We will then explore feline communication signals and their mechanisms, as well as the biological and social factors that influence how cats communicate. You will also learn the importance of context in determining what a cat is communicating and some of the factors that influence cats’ social behaviors with humans and other cats. We will then take a close look at feline aggression signals, some of which are extremely subtle. We will wrap up with some practice applying what you have learned and using the correct terminology when describing behavior. 

    After the presentation, you will be able to immediately apply what you have learned. Most importantly, you will better understand the cats in your care. You will also be better equipped to help clients understand what their cats are saying, which will improve bonds and even save cats’ livesAn added bonus of learning to speak cat is that cats will suddenly start speaking to you—how cool is that? 


    Learning Objectives: 

    • Use language that describes behavior instead of labeling it. 

    • Understand the biological and social history of the domestic cat. 

    • Appreciate the significance of scent in feline communication. 

    • Identify common feline vocalizations. 

    • Observe how cats use their bodies, ears, eyes, whiskers, mouths, and tails to communicate. 

    • Recognize that contextual cues provide important information about what cats communicate.  

    • Identify some specific communication signals used with humans and other cats. 

    • Recognize signs of impending and overt aggression in cats. 

    • Understand the flexibility of feline social behavior and its influences. 

    • Apply your knowledge of cat communicatiosignals and behavior to examples. 

    • Practice using appropriate terminology to describe feline behavior. 

    Your Presenter

    Paula Garber

    Paula Garber is the owner of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions 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 a Fear Free certified trainer and is certified in Low-Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats (Silver-2015). She 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 is chair of the Pet Professional Guild’s feline division, and also serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester and hosts an annual volunteer event to build winter shelters for feral cats in her community.


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