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While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? Behavior modification protocols using negative reinforcement can be very effective in these situations.
Speaker(s):**Beth Adelman, CCBC