February 2017 by Dr. Susan Krebsbach and Dr. Laurie Peek

Audience: Executive Leadership, Foster Caregivers, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

We love it when our cats "talk" to us, but do we really know what they are saying? Would your volunteers, fosters and shelter staff like to have extra know-how when socializing kitties in their care? In this series of six 4-minute exercises, you can test your knowledge of what cats are conveying with their body language and vocalization. Understanding what cats are telling us will help them feel more at ease - and increase their chances of being adopted into the right home!

Can you speak cat? test your knowledge

Even if you're able to decipher all the messages the kitties are sending in these exercises, you may want to become more fluent with our free, online course called Feline Communication: How to Speak Cat, a comprehensive, interactive study of feline body language and vocalization. Of course, nothing helps you become completely fluent more than fully immersing yourself in kitten and cat care - and with these tools, you'll be that much more comfortable and capable when preparing your kitties for a new family. Click the link below to take the full course!

Feline Communication: How to Speak Cat


About Susan B. Krebsbach, DVM

Dr. Susan Krebsbach graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. After working as a small animal general practitioner for several years, she started concentrating her efforts on animal behavior, opening a veterinary animal behavior consulting service called Creature Counseling in 2000.

In addition to her behavior consulting service, Dr. Krebsbach is a veterinary consultant for Maddie's Institute and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association, a featured speaker for professional and animal rescue organizations, and author of several articles on animal behavior. In addition, she is the founder of Dane County Friends of Ferals and has volunteered her services to several animal rescue organizations. For these efforts, Dr. Krebsbach has been recognized with various awards.

About Laurie Peek, DVM

Serving on the Executive Leadership Team, Dr. Peek is a major force at Maddie's Fund®, overseeing Maddie's Fund®and its programs, guiding decisions on veterinary school grants and guidelines, and advising foundation staff on veterinary-related issues. Dr. Peek's goal - to encourage veterinary schools to provide professional training and support to animal shelters and to inform them about new advances in shelter medicine - fits perfectly with the mission of Maddie's Fund. She has been affiliated with the foundation since its inception.

Dr. Peek has practiced small animal medicine and surgery since her graduation from Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. In addition to her hands-on work helping animals feel better, she provides spay/neuter and adoption assistance to several animal welfare organizations in her community.

Dr. Peek and her family live in the Midwest with two Collies from a Collie rescue, Anna and Juno; three beloved "foster failure" cats, Skittles, Daquiri and Pursnickitty; an adopted English Spot rabbit, Lovey Hoppykins; and Lewi, a 30-year-old American Paint Horse.