Welcome to the Cat Division

The Cat Division of the IAABC offers opportunities to both seasoned and aspiring professional Cat Behavior Consultants. We encourage members to share with and learn from one another in IAABC's online educational venues, including discussion lists, guided studies, case study tutorials, mentoring, and networking. We work together to establish guidelines for dealing with cat behavior issues and toward the goal of enhancing the lives and relationships of cats and their people.

Tarzan Syndrome

Cat Blog

Should you adopt one or two cats?

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Is early spay/neuter related to the development of behavior problems in kittens?

Cat Blog

What factors lead some cats to develop behavior problems? And what effect does early experience have on kitten behavioral development? There are still many elusive and unanswered questions, but a new study brings us a little closer to understanding some of the relationships between age of spay/neuter (s/n), household variables (such as number of other pets, use of punishment), kitten personality factors (such as fearfulness) and report of behavior problems by owners.

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Marilyn Krieger, CCBC

Cat Blog

Marilyn Krieger is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of The Cat Coach, LLC®. She also served as the Cat Division Chair of the IAABC and is a former member of the BOD. Marilyn solves cat behavior problems nationally and internationally through Skype, phone and on-site consultations, working directly with clients as well as through veterinarian referrals.

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Redirected Aggression in Cats: Recognition and Treatment Strategies

Cat Blog

Redirected aggression is one of the most common forms of aggression among cats living in the same household and can be a challenging problem to resolve. Redirected aggression is when one cat experiences something that instills fear, is over-stimulating or highly arousing and they redirect their frustration, aggression or fear onto whoever is closest. This could be the family dog, another cat or even a human. Redirected aggression is most common in households with five or fewer cats. It rarely occurs in homes that are very saturated in cats.

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Ingrid Johnson, CCBC (Certified Cat Behavior Consultant)

Cat Blog

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

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The Not So Touchy-Feely Feline!

Cat Blog

Similarly to some people, some cats just want to be with you but not constantly touched or pet.  I’m sure we all have a friend out there that wants to hug you every time you see them but perhaps you just saw them yesterday and you don’t feel the need to hug them! Cats can be the same way and there’s nothing wrong with that.

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Those Perplexing Feline Body Postures!

Cat Blog

So do you touch the belly or not?? The answer to this can be variable. Other body language needs to be observed to help make this decision as does the surrounding circumstances. It could be an indicator that your cat is feeling relaxed and in a loving mood. Perhaps your cat enjoys belly rubs and you are ready know how and when to interpret their wishes based on previous experience.  If their ears are pointed forward and erect and their pupils are not dilated, the tail is calm and not flicking, then the coast is likely to be clear.

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Does your cat know your voice?

Cat Blog

How do our cats recognize us (if they do!)? Most likely they use multiple cues – our appearance, our scent, our mannerisms, and likely, our voices. Some scientists recently examined whether cats can recognize us by one cue alone – the sound of our voices calling their names.

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Species Specific Behaviors and How They Present as Behavior Challenges in the Home : Part Three

Cat Blog

Welcome to Part Three of an informative series on the fantastic feline senses and how these innate behaviors can present as behavior challenges in the home environment. If you are just joining the discussion please refer to Parts One and Two of the series.

 

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Species Specific Behaviors and How They Present as Behavior Challenges in the Home: Part Two

Cat Blog

This post is Part Two in an informative series on the fantastic feline senses. If you are just joining this discussion please refer to Part One for an introduction. The following are additional feline specific behaviors and an explanation of how their senses can conflict with the very human world that we expect for cats to comply to. I hope you find this information helpful, enlightening and potentially life changing, to better help you to be able to meet your cats need in your home environment.

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