Maddie’s Institute is offering a Webcast Series entitled Helping Cats Who Hiss and Hide: Assessment, Behavior Modification and Re-Homing Strategies for Shy and Fearful Cats. This will be very purposeful for those associated with rescues and shelters so that they can help even the most timid of felines to locate their forever home.
People tend to withdraw from the animals that are shy and fearful so that these kitties are the last, if ever, to be adopted. Dr. Sheila D’Arpino, a board certified veterinary behavior specialist feels as though feline behavior while in a rescue or shelter situation is not always a good representation of the cat’s personality once they are in less stressful surroundings. If they are presented with proper housing, handling, and if needed, behavior modification, then a hissing, hiding cat may potentially turn into a beloved family pet. It’s all in how they are dealt with!
Even the most fraidy cats can end up in a happy home if only the rescuers realize how to observe and assess them in order to situate them correctly. Sometimes this means a home adoption while other times the cat may be happier in a barn or a community cat program.
Register now and join Dr. D’Arpino and Maddie’s InstituteSM for Helping Cats Who Hiss and Hide: Assessment, Behavior Modification and Re-Homing Strategies for Shy and Fearful Cats on Thursday, November 14, at 9:00 p.m. EST. This webcast will be approximately 90 minutes in duration and will offer the following:
· What types of cats might show fear and fearful aggression
· How to handle intake of shy and fearful cats
· How to house and handle shy, fearful cats to reduce stress
· How to treat shy and fearful cats with behavior modification, enrichment, medication and more
· Options for rehoming shy, fearful cats
· How to provide post-adoption support for these cats
Dr. D’Arpino’s goal is to familiarize rescuers and cat family members with the tools and techniques required to increase the lifesaving ability of felines. She wants to help ensure an outcome that is tailored to the needs of each specific cat.
Those planning to attend can help this webcast be that much more successful simply by sharing some valuable information with Dr. D’Arpino prior to that evening. If you have a shy cat in your family or in your rescue organization, then please take a few moments to fill out the survey; results will be posted during the live webcast.
This opportunity is just one in a series of ongoing educational programs presented to you by experts in the field and by Maddie’s Institute. The knowledge is invaluable so you will not want to miss it. Sign up today!