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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. Beth Adelman is an IAABC Certified Cat Behavior Consultant with an active practice. She volunteers as a cat behavior consultant with Pet Help Partners in New York City, a program designed to keep cats with behavior issues in their adoptive homes, and she also train their volunteers. Beth teaches the Cat Behavior segment (a six-hour one-day seminar) of Kutztown University’s Canine Training and Management certificate program. She has given seminars at two IAABC conferences, and at professional conferences and public events sponsored by Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club, the Cat Writers Association, Meet the Breeds (a cat and dog breed showcase in New York City co-sponsored by CFA and AKC), and the Winn Feline Foundation, among others. She is the 2011 recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation award.
Speaker(s):Beth Adelman, MS, CCBC