Enrichment and Stress Reduction for Cats

Enrichment and Stress
Reduction for Cats
Learning Track

Want to learn more about animal enrichment and stress reduction for cats in sheltering environments? Want to share training information with your volunteers or staff? Well, you're in the right place. Check out the following content brought to you by Maddie's InstituteSM.  Many of the following presentations and have corresponding quizzes offering a printable Certificate of Attendance for completion!



Stress is Sabotaging Your Cat Adoption Efforts

Dr. Sheila D'Arpino

February 2016

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
It's well known that cat health is quickly and negatively impacted by stress. But is it also making it harder for them to get adopted? Learn strategies to identify those effects not only in individual cats, but in the entire population of cats in a facility. Learn More

How to Reduce Stress in Shelter Cats

Kathy Mills, DVM

December 2014

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Learn more about enrichment and stress reduction for shelter cats, and share training information with your volunteers or staff. Check out the webcasts, videos and articles. Learn More

Behavior Modification for Cats

Sara L. Bennett, DVM, MS, DACVB

October 2014

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Getting a leopard to change his spots sometimes seems easier than getting a domestic cat to change her behavior. Fortunately, the science of feline behavior modification has come a long way in recent years, leaving animal shelters, rescue groups, fosters and adopters with plenty of new tools to help cats become happier and well-adjusted companions. Learn More

Fixing the Feline Housing Crisis

Sandra Newbury, DVM

October 2012

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Cats are extremely sensitive to noise, crowding, and stress - three things that are in abundant supply in many animal shelters. These adverse conditions often lead to illness in sheltered cats, particularly the most common of all feline shelter diseases, upper respiratory infection (URI). Learn More

Stress Reduction for Shelter Cats

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC

July 2012

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Various strategies for reducing the stress experienced by cats in a shelter environment. Learn More

Enrichment and Training

Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC

July 2012

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Ms. Bollen talks about the benefits of enrichment and training for both dogs and cats, as well as the value of these programs in enhancing opportunities for adoption. Learn More

Life Enrichment for Shelter Animals

Mike Fry

May 2010

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Enrichment for shelter animals reduces stress (and disease), increases adoptions and radically improves the well-being and quality of life for canine and feline residents. Learn More

Shelter Enrichment The Cats Meow

Mike Fry

February 2010

Audience(s):Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team
Shelter enrichment saves pet lives by eliminating stress-related disease, enhances the environment for workers and the public, and doesn’t have to cost a lot! Learn More