Date: Friday 24 September 2021 | 9am - 5.30pm GMT
Can’t join us on the day? Don’t worry, you can purchase your ticket in advance and you’ll be sent the link for the recording. The recording will be split into individual talks so you can dip in and out of them easily for six months from the date of the conference.
The Cats Protection Cat Behaviour Conference is one of the first conferences dedicated to cat behaviour and is ideal for veterinary professionals and everyone working in the animal welfare sector, caring for cats as well as budding cat behaviourists.
This year's theme: In the company of cats
The day will be focused on feline behaviour, looking at the interactions that cats have with each other and other species. This online event in September 2021 will feature informative sessions and engaging Q&As, focussing on a number of topics including:
Speakers include a range of cat behaviour experts, including renowned feline veterinary behaviourist, Kersti Seksel, speaking live from Australia!
9.15-10am: Kersti Seksel
Introducing cats and kittens - how to help it go smoothly and what to do when it goes wrong
People often want to get a new kitten when they already have an older cat. In this presentation we will explore why people may want a second, third or even fourth cat. Then we will look at how best to introduce the new kitten and what to do when things do not go well.
10-10.15am: Q&A Kersti Seksel
10.15-11am: Linda Ryan
Cats and vets - An introduction to cat training and practical application in cooperative care at the vets
This lecture will introduce positive reinforcement training for cats, including the basic science of how cats learn, as well as the cat-specific considerations in training. We will overview clicker training, and how to use it, as well as introducing some practical uses for training with cats, such as applications in cooperative care. Training with cats is fun, and cats can really enjoy positive training as part of building the human-cat bond, providing enrichment, and teaching them essential life skills to help them thrive in our care.
11-11.15am: Q&A Linda Ryan
11.15-11.30am: Short break
11.30am-12.05pm: Jane Williams
Cats and other cats - friends or foes?
Looking at some cases of multi-cat households and the relationships between the cats; the owners and the cats; and the owners as well exploring some approaches to getting the best possible outcomes for the animals and humans involved, in terms of welfare and wellbeing.
12.05-12.15pm: Q&A Jane Williams
12.15-1pm: Research section
Dr Jane Murray - Introducing puppies to household cats: factors associated with owner-reported puppy behaviour
Dr Lauren Finka- Cats are more affiliative and display fewer signs of conflict and agonistic behaviour when humans adopt a more cat-centric approach during cat-human interactions
Mauro Inês - Me and my cat – cat owner perceptions of the cat-owner bond
1-1.40pm: Lunch break
1.40-2:20pm: Lindsey Quinlan
Cats and the shelter – Using Nest cameras to assess pairs, and more
When the lights are turned down and no one is looking, what does Macavity really get up to? Wouldn’t you like to know? Cats are an enigmatic species, challenging to understand under the best conditions, made even harder in a shelter environment. At Battersea, the use of Nest cameras is a vital tool in our management of cats, helping us to objectively assess and monitor behaviour and welfare (including sociability, frustration, fearfulness, physical health, kitten births, affiliative bonds in pairs, and more). This talk explores how this technology lends us vital insight into who a cat really is and what they need from us, making us best placed to help.
2:20-2.30pm: Q&A Lindsey Quinlan
2.30-3.05pm: Daniel Cummings
Cats and dogs - Meow woof, talking about cat and dog cohabitation
In the company of cats, can canines be kept? Considering it from a both the cats’ perspective and the dogs’ perspective this session looks at the challenges of co-habitation between canines and felines and all the points to be considered to ensure both live harmoniously with good welfare.
3.05pm-3.15pm: Q&A Daniel Cummings
3.15-3.30pm: Short break
3:30-4.15pm: Sarah Ellis
Cats and people - Cat friendly interactions
In this talk, we will learn how communication between cats underpins many of the ways cats communicate to people. We will also investigate its adaption to promote effective cat-human communication. We will then explore the variation in individual cats’ desire for interaction with people and what causes that variation, finishing with top tips on how best to interact with pet cats including special considerations for interactions between babies/children and cats.
4.15-4.30pm: Q&A Sarah Ellis
4.30-5.25pm: Panel discussion
5.25- 5.30pm: Closing remarks
The conference is also suitable for those whose work focuses on cats indirectly, including those studying for a relevant qualification. The day will count as seven hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for those needing to maintain CPD hours.
Jane Williams BSc, MA, MSc
Jane completed the PGDip in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling, as well as a research MSc at the University of Southampton. She has been a full member and is previous chair of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors. She is currently an APBC Committee Member and Head of the Assessment Team. Jane is Animal Behaviour and Training Council Registered as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist, an Animal Training Instructor and a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Jane was the ABTC Chair (2018-20) and is currently a Trustee and Secretary. Jane is also a member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association and a Pets as Therapy assessor.
She lives in Essex with her 30 tortoises, six dogs, Harry the rabbit and another equally animal-mad human.
Mauro Inês DVM, BSAVA PGCertSAM, MSc, MRCVS
Mauro is a veterinary surgeon and a Clinical Animal Behaviourist. Since graduating in 2007 from the Faculdade de Medicina Veterinária in Lisbon, he has been in practice as a Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon both in the UK and in Portugal. In 2014, Mauro completed a Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. In 2021, he completed a Masters in Clinical Animal Behaviour at the University of Lincoln, with his thesis focussing on the bond established between cats and their owners. He is currently working towards accreditation with ASAB, hoping to become a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist.
Linda Ryan BSc, VTS, DipAVN KPA-CTP RVN CCAB
Linda is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behaviour and Oncology, and is an ASAB accredited Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (for cats and dogs). She is a passionate veterinary nurse, and welfare-focused animal trainer and behaviourist, who, through years of working with cancer and internal medicine canine and feline patients, became interested in learning more about welfare and behaviour within the clinic, and how this could fit in alongside excellent veterinary care.
Linda achieved ASAB CCAB status in 2020. She is an ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, and Animal Training Instructor.
Linda currently runs Inspiring Pet Teaching, dividing her time between seeing clinical behaviour cases, working alongside pets’ vets, and providing continuing education for veterinary and training/behaviour professionals.
Dr Lauren Finka PhD
Dr Finka is a research fellow at Nottingham Trent University and specialises in cat behaviour and welfare. Her work focuses on utilising multidisciplinary tools to improve human-cat relationships, as well as applying evidence-based information to support optimal cat management and wellbeing in practical contexts. Dr Finka has a PhD in feline welfare and behaviour and over 10 years of experience working with rehoming centres, most recently with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home as a feline welfare specialist and training provider. Lauren writes a monthly column for Your Cat magazine and recently published The Cat Personality Test, a practical, evidenced based book to help cat owners better understand their cats’ behaviour and meet their needs. Dr Finka also sits on International Cat Care’s feline wellbeing panel.
Karen Hiestand BVSc, BSc, MSc, MA, MRCVS
Karen trained as a vet in New Zealand and practised in both NZ and the UK for nearly 10 years while volunteering in many more countries. She has also worked in veterinary education and animal welfare and remains heavily involved in animal welfare charities as an advisor, educator and trustee. Karen has a Masters degrees in Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Medical Ethics and Law, a BSc in Psychology and is a resident of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine. She is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Sussex, within the Mammal Communication and Cognition Group, investigating the cross-species empathy between humans and companion animals - for more information go to mypetresearch.com.