Even though domestic cats are one of the world’s most popular companion animals, coexisting with humans for thousands of years, many questions remain unanswered about cat behavior, cognition, and the human-cat bond. Although science has much more to learn about cats, several applied benefits exist from future research in this area. Currently, pet cats outnumber dogs by almost 10 million in the US alone and millions of cats live in shelters or are free-roaming outdoors. Over 3.4 million cats enter already crowded shelters each year and of those surrendered by owners, approximately 27% are surrendered due to behavioral issues or incompatibility between cat and owner. This talk will discuss the current science behind cat behavior and ways to utilize this knowledge in applied settings to improve cat welfare and strengthen the human-cat bond.
Speaker: Kristyn Vitale Shreve, M.En., PhD Candidate
The talk will cover a variety of topics including:
- the importance of scent in cat behavior
- how to run cat preference assessments
- free-roaming cat social behavior
- the human-cat relationship
- cat socialization & training
Bio: Kristyn Vitale Shreve is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow currently pursuing a PhD in Animal Sciences at Oregon State University. She is a graduate of Kent State University, earning both a B.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in Social Geography. She received a Master’s in Environmental Science from Miami University where her thesis examined social behaviors between free-roaming colony cats. She has worked with cats for over 10 years in a variety of contexts including as a Trap Neuter Release volunteer, shelter worker, cat trainer, and researcher studying cat behavior. She currently conducts research in the Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Lab where she studies cat social cognition and teaches kitten training classes. Her research in the OSU HAI Lab has been internationally featured in media outlets such as The Washington Post, Scientific American, Time, The New York Times, and The Times of London. To learn more visit: https://maueyes.com
When: September 19, 2017
Time: 8:00 PM EDT (Midnight UTC)
(To be recorded and available OnDemand after the lecture)
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