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Feline Behaviour Conference from Cats Protection
AVAILABLE TO WATCH NOW!
Buy your tickets now and watch the fantastic Feline Behaviour Conference from Cats Protection, that took place online for the first time on 11th September 2020!
This 1 day congress was delivered fully online by expert speakers, including keynote speaker Dr Sarah Ellis, a Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln and leading expert in feline behaviour and animal welfare.
All of the sessions are now available to watch on demand as webinar recordings.
"Excellent in depth and informative discussion and practical ideas on supporting cat behaviour!"
"A wonderful and informative day. I would highly recommend this to professionals and cat owners alike!"
"So insightful - what a font of knowledge! I felt privileged to have had access to this conference."
"Great, informative event and adapted well for a virtual context."
You are now able to watch the webinars as many times as you like for 6 months, on any connected device, at your leisure. The agenda for the day was as follows:
9:30am - 9:40am BST
9:40am - 10:25am BST
"How Cats Learn"
Presented by Daniel Cummings
When working with cats in any capacity it is essential to understand how they learn. This informs what behaviours they offer in which contexts and knowledge of this can entirely change how we work and interact with cats. Based on the scientific principles of learning theory, this is a fundamental keystone of knowledge in cat behaviour.
10:25am - 10:35am BST
Q&A - "How Cats Learn"
10:35am - 11:20am BST
"Practical application of how cats learn: cat carrier training"
An expert-focused example of learning theory in practice; this essential session shows the importance of using how cats learn to make the cat’s life significantly less stressful while also making it easier for the care-giver. This session looks at training and preparing the cat around the carrier and car travel.
11:20am - 11:30am BST
Q&A - "Practical application of how cats learn: cat carrier training"
11:35am - 12:05pm BST
"The Golden Rule: Vet Check, Then Behaviourist "
In many instances, what care-givers call a behaviour problem may, in fact, be an issue caused or affected by an underlying medical condition. Case studies will shed light on some common behavioural issues that often have a medical component or cause.
12:05pm - 12:15pm BST
Q&A - "The Golden Rule: Vet Check, Then Behaviourist "
12:15pm - 12:50pm BST
"Cats: an asocial species in social situations"
Presented by Daniel Cummings
One of the five welfare needs, as set out in the Animal Welfare Act 2006, states that animals need to be housed with or apart from conspecifics as is best for each species. Cats are by nature solitary or asocial animals that often have compromised welfare when expected to live with conspecifics. However, many cats are capable of forming social bonds with other cats and benefit from the companionship. This session looks at how we navigate such a complex situation to ensure the best welfare for as many cats as possible.
12:50pm - 1:00pm BST
Q&A - "Cats: an asocial species in social situations"
1:35pm - 1:45pm BST
Update on what Cats Protection is doing for cat welfare
Presented by Dr Maggie Roberts
1:40pm - 2:20pm BST
"Feline Emotions and Communication"
Presented by Nicky Trevorrow
Another keystone area of knowledge for anyone working with or caring for cats. Understanding how cats communicate is paramount to people being able to work with them most effectively and work out how best to support behaviour problems.
2:20pm - 2:30pm BST
Q&A - "Feline Emotions and Communication"
2:35pm - 3:15pm BST
"Frustrated Cats and Frustrated Owners"
Presented by Lucy Hoile
While many care-givers get frustrated with their cats displaying unwanted behaviour, often times the cat is just as frustrated, if not more. Frustration is an emotional motivation that contributes to stress and as such should be considered as serious as a cat that was fearful. This talk looks at practical ways to spot the frustrated cats and reduce frustration and keep them enriched, which will in turn make life easier for the owner. Happy cat, happy owner.
3:15pm - 3:25pm BST
Q&A - "Frustrated Cats and Frustrated Owners"
3:25pm - 4:25pm BST
"The Changing Face of Cats: Future of Cats Expert Discussion Panel"
With Dr. Vanessa Howie, Dr. Sarah Ellis, Nicky Trevorrow
Our limited understanding of cats is growing and developing year on year. Here our expert panel looks at what might affect cats both in the near and distant future. Panellists tackle tough subjects such as the increase of breeding cats with extreme conformation and hybrids; cats versus the native wildlife; if, through breeding, cats will evolve to be more social animals; and the long-term plan around neutering strategies for cats.
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