“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” —
Edgar Allan Poe
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” —
“Our cats may seem like pampered indoor housecats, but on the inside they are still fierce predators.”
Ingrid Johnson, CCBC
If you’re having a problem with your cat, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants can
help. Our Certified and Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultants are qualified to help with any challenging
behavior your cat may have, whether they’re a young kitten, shelter or rescue, or pedigree show cat. They
can help with:
- Litterbox issues
- Aggression to humans or other animals
- Fear and anxiety
- Destructive behaviors like inappropriate scratching
We certify feline behavior experts with a comprehensive examination process. Certified and Associate Certified Cat
Behavior Consultants have demonstrated their knowledge of cat training, biology, and species-specific behavior,
as well as learning theory and practical training knowledge. IAABC’s certification is based on case studies,
not multiple choice quizzes, and each applicant is assessed by a panel of experts in cat training and behavior.
All our consultants are bound by the IAABC Code of Ethics, which includes a commitment to using the Least Intrusive,
Minimally Aversive effective intervention when working with your cat.
What is a cat behavior consultant?
A cat behavior consultant is someone who specializes in preventing, managing, and modifying challenging behaviors
in cats. IAABC offers online education for all stages of your career journey; we have classes in learning theory
and mentorships for new students, specialized courses in feline behavior as well as our unique and comprehensive
Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice syllabus. Joining IAABC at any level—Supporting, Affiliate,
Associate Certified or Certified—gives you discounts on these and other courses, as well as access to our
online communities and library of high-quality resources.
If you’re working or volunteering with cat rescues or shelters, consider joining our IAABC Shelter Division.
We offer a Shelter Behavior Affiliate designation as well as a wealth of resources and a supportive community of
volunteers, behavior professionals, and foster parents for all species.
To learn more about what an animal behavior consultant does and how IAABC can help you develop your career and achieve
your goals, read our Behavior Consulting 101 series.
I need help!
Use our Consultant Locator to find someone in your area. Our Certified and Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultants
can help you identify behavior problems and develop effective and kind solutions that work for you and your pet’s
unique relationship and lifestyle.
If you can’t find an IAABC Certified or Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant covering your area, read
this article on how to find a qualified expert to work with you and your cat, and what questions you should ask
About the Division Chair: Miranda Workman
Division Chair, Cat Division
Miranda K. Workman, MS, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, CCBC. Miranda has been President and CEO of Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior
Center since its inception in July 2006 after having co-owned another business and working for others as an animal
behavior and training professional. A voracious reader and tireless researcher, she strives to understand and
apply the most “up to date” developments in training and behavior.
She has over 14 years experience in applied animal behavior and training. She is an experienced behavior specialist
with a well-respected reputation including being listed as a WNY expert by the Buffalo News. While she works
to rehabilitate many different behavior concerns of pet owners, she especially enjoys working with multi-pet
households, aggression and feline behavior problems.
As the Behavior Specialist for the SPCA Serving Erie County, she has written several educational documents for
adopters and presented various feline and canine behavior and education seminars for staff and volunteers. She
is co-founder of their Pawsitive Journeys feline behavior foster program. She also thoroughly enjoys being a
feline, canine and exotics foster parent. Over the last 14 years she has helped thousands of pets overcome medical
and behavioral concerns prior to adoption. Recently she left the SPCA to accept a Shelter Consultant position
with the Hornell Area Humane Society to help lead them through change focused on improved animal welfare and
Miranda is proud to have been among a select few invited to present on feline rehabilitation and enrichment at
the 2009 Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo. She served as a presenter and panel member
for the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations' Cats in Context symposium at Canisius College in 2013.
Her feline adoption study is currently in press with the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. She has also
presented her research at various venues including SUNY Brockport and Eastern Kentucky University’s Living
With Animals Conference. Her TEDxBuffalo talk, Collateral Damage in the War Against Animal Homelessness, was
given in October 2014 and is available on YouTube. She is an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College in Buffalo,
NY teaching Animal Learning in the undergraduate Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation program. She completed
her Master’s of Science degree in Anthrozoology from Canisius College in 2014. She also served from 2007-2011
on the Board of Directors of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. (CCPDT); three of
those years she was President of the Board and was responsible for the creation and implementation of the first
non-veterinary Certified Behavior Consultant – Canine certification exam.
She and her husband Rick share their home with two dogs (Sherlock and Athena) and six cats (Adara, Aleph, Samantha,
Ares, Ro-Ro and Gandalf), and a Leopard gecko (Ragnar). She co-owns a Red-Tail Boa Constrictor (Mina) with her
brother. Gone, but never forgotten, are many pets from many species who were the best teachers Miranda has ever
encountered. They continue to be her inspiration from across the Rainbow Bridge.