What is Animal Behavior Consulting?

For the past few months I’ve been working towards my goal of becoming a cat behavior consultant. I’ve had business cards printed, I’ve hosted a cat education table, I’ve been accepted as a client by our local university’s law students, and I’m pursuing certification through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultant. With regards to the latter, I won the Rebecca Park Scholarship which covers the cost of the Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice course from IAABC. I’ve just started this 12-week course, which will go a long way towards fulfilling the requirements for certification. The course has been … Continue reading What is Animal Behavior Consulting?

My Rebecca Park Scholarship Essay

In the spring of 2019, I won the Rebecca Park Scholarship which covers the cost of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants’ Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice course. It’s a $2,700 course, worth 36 credits with IAABC, and will provide me with the science-based foundation I believe is essential to a cat behavior consultant. My winning essay follows. Wow! I can’t believe that you are scamming people just to make some bucks. And when they see all that they would have to do plus pay for volunteering their time, what a discouragement it is to people who really … Continue reading My Rebecca Park Scholarship Essay

My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s TNR Groups

In a Trap-Neuter-Return program, community cats are humanely trapped, brought to a veterinarian to be spayed or neutered, vaccinated, eartipped, and then returned to their outdoor home. —Alley Cat Allies A managed Trap-Neuter-Return colony has a caregiver who monitors the cats, captures any that need veterinary care, and traps any newcomers to be sterilized and vaccinated. A properly managed colony is a health, stable colony in which no kittens are born. —Husker Cats I believe Trap-Neuter-Return is the current best solution to cat homelessness. For that reason, I consider TNR groups an integral member of the animal welfare village, and … Continue reading My “Fishing Trip” with Nebraska’s TNR Groups

How Important is Heartworm Prevention?

All dogs and cats should be on a heartworm prevention. Unfortunately, according to the American Heartworm Society, 75% of veterinarians report positive cases of heartworm in their practices. Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal but preventable disease. According to Dr. Jody Jones-Skibinski of Cotner-Superior Pet Care, heartworm disease can cause organ damage leading to heart failure and death. “Even with treatment,” she noted, “there are long-term consequences including chronic coughing, and a less active and shorter life span.” Heartworm disease is spread through the bite of a mosquito. The AHS website explains: Adult female heartworms living in an infected animal … Continue reading How Important is Heartworm Prevention?

The Vaccinations Your Pets Must Have

Dogs and cats need regular vaccinations. According to Dr. Jody Jones-Skibinski of Cotner-Superior Pet Care, “Vaccines stimulate the immune system, which in turn creates antibodies towards the disease. If an animal comes into contact with the disease, antibodies are able to kill the virus, preventing the illness.” She explained that if vaccinations are not given, pets are at risk for infections when they come into contact with the disease and put other animals at risk for contracting the illness. Core vaccinations target diseases that are the most contagious and severe. The rabies vaccination is core for both dogs and cats. … Continue reading The Vaccinations Your Pets Must Have

Why Pets Should Have Annual Wellness Exams

Every pet should have a wellness exam. This routine physical is aimed at ensuring good health through early disease prevention and early disease detection. A wellness exam can reveal subtle changes in young pets such as weight gain or loss and an early onset of disease especially in older pets. A wellness exam should be conducted once a year; twice for senior pets. Dr. Jody Jones-Skibinski of Cotner-Superior Pet Care said, “Animals may have an abnormality or illness but are often ‘stoic’ and so pet owners don’t notice symptoms. Vets notice a lot of differences that can be corrected.” In … Continue reading Why Pets Should Have Annual Wellness Exams

Review: Two Books About Animal Rescuers

I enjoy reading books about animal rescue. Me, My Ferals, and I by Christine Booras is a heartfelt story about community cats, while Dogtripping by David Rosenfelt is a humorous story about shelter dogs. Both will resonate with anyone who cares about the plight of homeless pets. You might also pick practical tips on what to do, should you be inspired to become an animal welfare advocate. October 2008, Christine Booras saw a stealthy shadow moving, small and dark, and peering through the door of her Tai Chi studio. That glimpse, which turned out to be a confident cat, changed … Continue reading Review: Two Books About Animal Rescuers