Ten Ways To Help Dogs and Cats Stay Active in Winter

When it’s cold outside, the last thing that any of us or our pets want to do is venture outside. Nonetheless, exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Besides helping our pets avoid obesity, it can also bust the boredom that leads to behavioral issues. How then do we help our pets stay active during the winter? Here are ten ideas for dogs and cats alike. Puzzle Feeders: Encourage your pet to work for their treats and their meals by hiding their food in a puzzle feeder. This activity will both work your pet’s mind and body. Make a puzzle … Continue reading Ten Ways To Help Dogs and Cats Stay Active in Winter

When Life Throws a Curve Ball … Start a Podcast!

The circumstances of life can sometimes inspire an unexpected choice. After Stacy LeBaron moved to Vermont, she wanted to continue to be involved with community cat programs, but “living in rural Vermont made it hard to get involved with another … Continue reading When Life Throws a Curve Ball … Start a Podcast!

Interview with Veterinarian Dr. Jody Jones

Dr. Jody Jones had a big interest in medicine but couldn’t imagine herself touching people for an exam. “I thought back as a kid what I enjoyed and being around animals always made me happy,” said Dr. Jones, who is originally from Sargent, Nebraska. She attended UNL, earning her bachelor’s degree in animal science, then graduated from Kansas State where she received her doctorate in veterinary medicine. Dr. Jones began her career as a veterinarian in 2002 at a mixed animal practice in Iowa before moving back to Nebraska in 2005, where she has developed a special interest in animal … Continue reading Interview with Veterinarian Dr. Jody Jones

Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Three

Recap: On May 17, I officially launched Allison Helps Cats. Both prior to and since my launch, there have been many milestones that have happened as part of my dream to become a cat behavior consultant. Some of those included taking courses, volunteering services, promoting my business, applying for a scholarship, seeking legal help, and talking with others in the field. In part three of a three-part series, I’ll share the rest of those milestones, to wrap up 2019 and look forward to 2020. Expand my Networking Circles In the fall, my attempts at networking continued to bear fruit. A … Continue reading Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Three

Compassion Fatigue

I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and recently completed their course entitled Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consisted of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Throughout the fall, I’ve been sharing highlights here from my studies. In the twelfth and final week of my Principles and Practices course, Jessica Dolce spoke on the topic of compassion fatigue. She defined it, explained why it’s so common in the … Continue reading Compassion Fatigue

Reduce Cat Aggression with a Healthy Cat Environment

When I’m consulted about cat aggression, I first turn to the Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment, which were developed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine. The groups wrote in the 2013 issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery that “a cat’s level of comfort with its environment is intrinsically linked to its physical health, emotional wellbeing and behavior.” For this reason, they contend that “addressing environmental needs is essential for the optimum wellbeing of the cat.” The five pillars are: provide a safe place provide multiple and key separated … Continue reading Reduce Cat Aggression with a Healthy Cat Environment

Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Two

Recap: On May 17, I officially launched Allison Helps Cats. Both prior to and since my launch, there have been many milestones that have happened as part of my journey to become a cat behavior consultant. Some of those included taking courses, offering my services for free, promoting my business, applying for a scholarship, seeking legal help, and talking with others in the field. In part two of a three-part series, I’ll share more of those milestones, to wrap up 2019, and look ahead to 2020. Start a Facebook Business Page While seeking advice from more experienced cat behavior consultants, … Continue reading Milestones in Becoming a Cat Behavior Consultant, Part Two