“I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.” — Edgar Allan Poe
“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” — Sigmund Freud
“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.
About the Division Chair: Lisa Stemcosky, CCBC, CPDT-KA, SBA
Lisa Stemcosky, CCBC, CPDT-KA, SBA
Division Chair, Cat Division
Lisa works as the Feline Behavior Manager at the Humane Rescue Alliance, Washington DC's open intake shelter and is the owner of Pawlitically Correct. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, a Shelter Behavior Affiliate.
On a daily basis Lisa provides enrichment for all the cats in the care of HRA. She also creates training plans for and performs behavior modification on cats that are fearful or sensitive to touch. In addition to looking after the cats while they are at HRA, Lisa provides support to adopters, fosters and the public by offering remote behavior consultations. Lisa has also given talks and workshops to other area animal shelters, HRA volunteers and fosters on topics such as feline body language and clicker training cats.
Pawlitically Correct is a cat behavior consulting service, assisting clients in the United States, as well as internationally. From house soiling to aggression, Lisa works with cats and their people in their homes to address any behavior needs. By creating personalized training plans and assisting clients in implementing, Lisa is able bridge the communication gap and improve the human-animal bond. Lisa is committed to reducing the number of cats entering the animal sheltering system by helping to keep cats in their homes though positive reinforcement training.
Since 2017, Lisa has been a Trainer Mentor for the Jackson Galaxy Project Cat Pawsitive Pro, a positive-reinforcement clicker training initiative that enriches day-to-day life for cats in shelters and promotes the human-cat bond. Through this program, Lisa meets weekly with shelters across the US to teach shelter staff and volunteers to build their clicker training skills and create training plans for the cats in their care.