Felines are fascinating. Some of their behaviors obviously map to behaviors of wild cats, but others can be perplexing. For example, why does my Siamese, Mao, leave a soaking wet sparkle ball in his (or Tripper’s) food dish several times a week? Why are some cats more vocal than others? Why is Mao addicted to the iPad?
Last week I had the good fortune to attend a one-day immersion course in feline (domestic and wild) behavior. Hosted by Purina One, it was a crash course in the findings uncovered in a scientific study of the African Wild Cat in South Africa. (More on the African Wild Cat study in a later post.)
During the day I pounced on behaviorist Dr Jill Villareal, bombarding her with questions about my own pride’s behavior. Unfortunately, scientists have not yet collected sufficient data on feline iPad addiction so I may have to set up my own study.
Jill let me know that she has organized a symposium on feline social behavior that’s FREE to the public. If you’ve ever wondered, “Why does my cat do that?” this is the seminar for you.
Mark your calendar. It takes place June 10th at the University of New Mexico. If you’re in the Albuquerque area, this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Feline Social Behavior: An Animal Behavior Society Public Symposium
FREE and Open to the public: Free of charge, attendees do not need to register for the Animal Behavior Society Meeting to attend this symposium
Date: June 10, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm (immediately after the ABS 2012 Meeting Welcome Reception)
Location: University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, Auditorium Seating 200 (building name and number TBA), Details at the Animal Behavior Society 2012 Meeting Registration Desk
Symposium Organizer: Dr. Jill Villarreal, Issues in Applied Animal Behavior Committee Chair
Social Behavior of Domestic Cats
Dr. Penny L. Bernstein
Associate Professor, Biology, Kent State University
Social Behavior of Feral Cats
Dr. Katherine A. Houpt
Diplomate – American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, James Law Professor of Behavior Medicine – Emeritus, Cornell University
Social Behavior and Its Adaptive Importance in Small Wild Felids
Dr. Michael Tewes
Frank D. Yturria Endowed Chair for Wild Cat Studies and Regents Professor
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, Texas A&M University – Kingsville
Purina One paid for all travel expenses and accommodations for me to attend the immersion course in the true nature of cats to improve my understanding of wild and domestic cat behavior. All opinions are my own.