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Date: Friday 24 September 2021 | 9am - 5.30pm GMT

Location: Online

Cost: £50+VAT

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.

What is the Cats Protection Cat Behaviour 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. 

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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:

  • how to train cats and practical application for cooperative care
  • using technology to assess pairs of cats

Speakers include a range of cat behaviour experts, including renowned feline veterinary behaviourist, Kersti Seksel, speaking live from Australia!


Agenda

9-9.15am: Welcome

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

Who should attend?

  • Veterinary professionals
  • Rehoming centre employees and volunteers
  • Cat fosterers
  • Cat behaviourists
  • Cat groomers
  • Cat sitters
  • Pet shop employees
  • Cattery owners and staff
  • Students studying an animal-based course

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.


How can I attend?

  • As the conference is online, you can gain access from a location of your choice
  • Content will be available for another six months post event for no extra fee

Meet the speakers

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.

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