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What Is a Cat Behaviorist?

Learn how cat behavior experts help to train cats (and sometimes owners) from CatChannel and CAT FANCY cat behaviorist Marilyn Krieger, CCBC.

Learn how cat behavior experts help to train cats (and sometimes owners) from CatChannel and CAT FANCY cat behaviorist Marilyn Krieger, CCBC.

Q: I have enjoyed reading your columns on CatChannel.com and in Cat Fancy for years. I am curious about what you do. Are you a cat behaviorist or a writer? Do you solve people’s cat behavior problems, if so how?

A: Thank you! I am a certified cat behavior consultant who also writes. One of my goals is to prevent people from surrendering cats to shelters because of fixable cat behavior problems. I do this by offering on-site, phone and Skype consultations and through writing.

I help resolve unwanted cat behaviors through force-free methods that include behavior modification, environmental management and education. Consultations usually are 90 minutes to two hours in length and include written recommendations and one month of follow-ups. Check out my company website The Cat Coach, LLC for more details. Please note that because changes in behavior may be due to a serious medical issue, it is important to have cats examined by veterinarians before approaching problems as behavioral.

In addition to doing consultations, I write. I have authored “Naughty No More!” published by BowTie Press. Naughty No More! focuses on changing cat behaviors through clicker training and other positive reinforcement methods. I also write articles and columns on cat behavior. I also enjoy answering reader questions in my CatChannel.com and CAT FANCY magazine columns.

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