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Behavior Consulting and Declawed Cats Presented by Jacqueline Munera

  • Friday, April 21, 2017
  • 2:00 PM
  • Friday, April 21, 2023
  • 3:30 PM
  • Recorded Webinar


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Presented by Jacqueline Munera

CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

Whether you work with dogs in households with cats, or you work with cats only, if your clients are in the United States or Canada, you will face a few conundrums related to phalangectomy procedures (onychectomy/declawing). Millions of cats have been declawed, many of which have undiagnosed physical ailments related to those procedures.  Your clients may not have successful behavioral outcomes if their animal’s health is not cared for and it is ethical for behavior professionals to consider the animal’s physical well being as the first step to any behavior modification plan. However, the entire topic is considered controversial by many people, including some of your clients and their vets. This means that you not only have to recognize evidence that a cat is having physical trouble related to the amputations, you also need to broach the topic without inciting animosity between the humans or overstepping your professional boundaries. Helping these cats will require the owner, vet, and behavior consultant to work together as a team.  You are the person to make that happen!

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize multiple signs that a declawed cat needs medical intervention
  • Discuss medical and environmental interventions in a non-judgmental manner
  • Encourage teamwork between themselves, their clients and veterinarians
  • Provide further peer-to-peer resources to clients’ vets

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. Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!

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