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cat trainerAre you fed up with a feline that bites? Concerned for a cat with anxiety issues? Or, in desperate need for your kitty to stop spraying? Yes, cats can be trained – and we want your toughest kitty training questions!

The Catington Post is thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with certified trainer, Jennifer Mauger  to bring you tips and tricks for training your cat and to answer your toughest training questions!

Jennifer Mauger CPDT-KSA is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and owner of both L’Chaim Canine and L’Chaim Feline.  Her interest in working with cats began after going into homes where, although she was working with the dog, Jennifer saw that the cat was also in need of behavior modification and mental enrichment.  She wanted to be able to advocate for the cats from the point of view of a professional.  So she began attending Feline Behavior seminars at venues such as the Midwest Veterinary Conference in order to learn the latest in scientific information available in behavior and behavior modification.  Using the same scientific principles of learning theory she uses with the dogs she now works with cats and their guardians all over Northeastern Ohio. Recently her Kitten Basics class was featured in the Akron Beacon Journal. The article ended up being seen nationally through syndication.  Jennifer is also owned by a rescue Bengal named Shira and a rescued Domestic Shorthair Tabby-Tortie named Adi.

Jennifer will be answering YOUR training and behavioral questions with scientific and positive answers. Her mission is to build positive relationships by using clear communication, not pain and fear.

To learn more about Jennifer, visit www.lchaimfeline.com.

To ask Jennifer a question about how to positively train your own cat, look for the “Ask the Trainer!” icon on our Front page, or click here.

Please leave a comment giving Jennifer your warmest welcome to The Catington Post, then go LIKE her on Facebook by clicking here.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Nancy DiGirolamo

    Nov 6, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I was curious as to why my 3 year old adopted Siamese mix climbs into my chest every chance he gets, gets as close as he can to my face and stares into my eyes. Its cute most of the time, but tends to interfere with my watching tv.

  2. Peggy Easterwood

    Nov 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Over the last several years we have rescued 6 cats. There are three female and three male cats which have all been neutered. All get along without any big problems except one male persist in attacking one female. He does not bother the other two females. We have to keep a close watch to keep him from jumping on that one cat. We have tried spraying him with a water bottle which does not bother him at all. We put some coins in a can and rattle it when we see him stalking to attack. That makes him run away, but it does not stop the behavior. Is there any thing that will just stop this behavior. He is a very loving cat except for wanting to attack this one cat. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

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  11. Vicki W

    Apr 27, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I am trying to bring a cat into my house, but I am scared of how to deal with the possible fighting. I currently have 2 cat (one male, one female). About 2 years ago, I started shared caring of a cat that has a “home” down the end of the street. He has decided he likes me better I think since he is at my house 99% of the time. I feed him and have taken him to the vet a couple times when he was hurt or sick. Throughout two winters I kept him in my garden shed with heaters. He has all the comforts of home out there except for the “home”. I have brought him in when the temperatures got to low to keep the shed warm with the heaters. He stayed in a separate room in the basement. My cats have an enclosure and to the 3 cats can be close when my 2 are outside. I have been feeding him closer to the enclosure thinking if they all ate at the same time in the same general location, it would help reduce the nervousness. The two males play through the fence, but also mine acts as though he wants to fight. This morning, he managed to slip inside the house and my female cat was on him in a flash and my make cat was either next in line from her or he was ready to get her–I couldn’t’ see all of it because I was trying to the get the poor innocent cat back outside. Do you think I have a snowballs chance in the Sahara desert of ever getting him inside with my other two? and if so, how do you suggest I go about it?

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