“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.
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 them.
About the Division Chair: Jessica Fritschi LVT, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Jessica Fritschi LVT, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Division Chair, Cat Division
Jessica Fritschi LVT, CDBC, CPDT-KA, owner of The Noble Beast Dog Training in Buffalo, New York, has been working with dogs, cats, and their human counterparts for over 10 years. With degrees in Veterinary Technology and Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation, Jessica has dedicated her career to the care and welfare of the animals we share our homes with.
A licensed veterinary technician since 2008, Jessica has focused her technician career on behavior counseling and low stress handling, educating both clients and coworkers. As a fear free certified professional, Jessica strives to eliminate the fear, anxiety, and stress associated with veterinary visits in both canine and feline patients through training, counterconditioning, and desensitization.
As the owner of The Noble Beast Dog Training, Jessica offers in home behavior consulting for dogs and cats. As a certified member of the IAABC, Jessica aims to uphold and promote the standards of professional trainers and behavior consultants alike.
When not at work, Jessica enjoys training and competing with her two Pit bull mixes (Wicket and Greedo). She also shares her home with her fiancé and four cats (Lestat, Armand, Louis, and Lady Deathstrike).