How to Become a Cat Behavior Expert

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Cats are intelligent mammals with specific needs for their mental well-being.
Cats are intelligent mammals with specific needs for their mental well-being. (Image: Credit: pdphoto.org - Copyright: public domain)

A cat behavior expert is trained in feline behavior. Cat behavior experts work with cat owners to determine the cause of and solution for behavioral problems. The ultimate goal of a cat behavior expert is to work toward achieving a situation that best contributes to a feline's mental well-being.

Take classes in animal behavioral science to learn about natural animal behavior. Animal behavior classes can be found at many community colleges and universities. Find a class that covers feline behavior. Animals are intelligent and complex beings---there is quite a lot to learn about them. The more classes you take, the better equipped you will be to work as a cat behavior expert.

Take classes in animal husbandry and health that specialize in felines. These classes can be found at many community colleges and universities. Being able to recognize possible health problems that could contribute to behavioral problems is important. Behavioral problems in animals can stem from health problems, pain, or bad husbandry practices.

Read books on cat behavior. Keep current on new insights into cat behavior. The following are two popular cat behavior books: "Cat Secrets Revealed" by Liz Barton "Twisted Whiskers" by Pam Johnson-Bennett

Volunteer at animal shelters to gain experience working with cats. Cats at rescues and shelters come from a variety of backgrounds and can provide the aspiring cat behavior expert with invaluable training and experience. Ask questions of the people who work at the shelter. These professionals can give you helpful advice.

Work at a veterinarian's office. Working with a vet can help your career in two main ways. First, you will gain experience working with cats and learn from the veterinarian. Second, the veterinarian and could become a valuable business contact. Veterinarians often recommend cat behavior experts.

Apply for certification with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Certification will give you more credibility in your field.

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