Posts tagged "International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants"

Cat Behavior Questions Answered at Feline Behavior Conference

Cat Behavior Questions Answered at Feline Behavior Conference
These reader questions were answered at the 2015 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference here, April 11-12 in Atlanta, GA. Speakers included veterinary behaviorists and certified cat behavior consultants on issues ranging from the social organization of cats to how to introduce an outdoor cat into the home. . Q: My cat... Read more »

Feline Behavior Conference

Feline Behavior Conference
“Cats are not anti-social,” says veterinary behaviorist Dr. Sharon Crowell-Davis, professor of behavior and anatomy at the University of  Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, speaking at the 2015 International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants Feline Behavior Conference April 11-12 in Atlanta, GA. For starters, most outdoor cats live in groups with other cats. No one... Read more »

Your Questions Answered for 20 Years

Your Questions Answered for 20 Years
After 20 years of writing this column and answering, on average, four reader questions weekly, that’s 4,160 answers! My fingers should be ‘dog-tired,’ but instead I’m invigorated because each month (sometimes each week) I receive letters and emails saying my answers motivated someone a visit to a veterinarian, or even saved a pet’s life. By... Read more »
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Dog Doesn't Like Boyfriend, Cat Attacks, and Flea Fiesta: Your Pet Questions

Dog Doesn't Like Boyfriend, Cat Attacks, and Flea Fiesta: Your Pet Questions
LAS VEGAS, NV — This week, experts attending the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, NV, Feb.15-19, have answered your queries: Q: My Chihuahua growls constantly at my boyfriend, even snapping at times. My boyfriend does give him treats, or tries to, but the dog is scared. My dog seems to respond this way to... Read more »

Mistaken Communication: What Are Animals Really Telling Us

Mistaken Communication: What Are Animals Really Telling Us
Is animal behavior sometimes misinterpreted? Arguably, the leading misinterpreters are so-called animal communicators. People are somehow desperate to know what their pet is thinking, particularly if there’s a behavior problem .Inexplicably,  instead seeing a veterinarian or a science-based expert in animal behavior, such as a veterinary behaviorist or certified animal behavior consultant, some prefer the... Read more »

Stopping Cats that Spray: Answering Reader Question

Stopping Cats that Spray: Answering Reader Question
Q: In a past column, you mentioned a product that can deter cats from spraying. What is it? — G.H., via cyberspace A: Feliway is a copy of a comforting pheromone found on cats’ cheek pads. As a cat rubs your leg or a table leg, the pet deposits that pheromone. The spray version of... Read more »
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Veterinary Behavior Symposium, Litter Boxes to PTSD Dogs

Veterinary Behavior Symposium, Litter Boxes to PTSD Dogs
CHICAGO, IL — Do cats truly prefer covered litter boxes? Can military working dogs suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder syndrome, similar to people, and if so, are some dogs more at risk than others? Can wearing a tight-fighting garment (called a Thundershirt) alleviate stress in cats as it might in dogs? These are among the... Read more »

Cats with Accidents Outside the Box: Answering Readers

Cats with Accidents Outside the Box: Answering Readers
Q: Cujo stopped using his litter box last week. He’s now using kitchen counters and inside the cabinets to do his business. I’ve always had cats and never encountered this problem before. Please help or I’ll be forced to find Cujo a new home. — M.I., Cyberspace A: First and foremost, see your veterinarian. I... Read more »

Parrot Lovers Mourn, Liz Wilson Passes Away

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Liz Wilson was a pioneer in parrot behavior. While she had mixed feelings (at best) about larger parrot species (like Amazons or African grey’s, for example) kept as pets. Still,  she also felt they deserved the best quality of life possible as pets, and worked to educate others to make that happen.. When I received... Read more »
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AAHA Conference Provides Expert Answers to Pet Questions

AAHA Conference Provides Expert Answers to Pet Questions
PHOENIX, AZ — These reader questions were answered by veterinary experts attending the annual American Animal Hospital Association Conference March 14-17, attended by over 2,100 veterinary professionals. AAHA is the only organization that accredits small animal hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AAHA-accredited hospitals are evaluated regularly on approximately 900 quality-of-care standards defining excellence in... Read more »