Kathleen Banta - Cat Behavior Specialist
Kathleen's love of animals started as a child in North Jersey. There here family kept sheep, rabbits, chickens and dogs on their property. Her love of cats started in her twenties, when she adopted a Birman named Kira and a Norwegian Forest cat named Luigi.
After being told for years how easy cats were to have and that they were no work she soon realized this was not entirely the case. Behaviors such as inappropriate scratching and expecting to be fed at 4 AM were problems these cats had. Her friends who owned cats suggested water bottles, but she knew there had to be a better way. This was especially the case after she saw the cats were breaking said water bottles. Even though people assured her that these cats would not know she was the one squirting the water at them, their behavior with the devices suggested otherwise.
Thus she begun the process of studying cat behavior and why they do what they do. Everything from learning about hyperesthesia to how much cats communicate through their tails, Kathleen has studied it all. Kathleen believes in behavior modification through clicker training, environmental management and positive reinforcement training. She believes cats are as trainable as dogs and the reward you get from it is just as wonderful. She strives to improve the relationship between cat and human so that a greater understanding and bond may be formed.
While cat behavior as a specialty is relatively new, Kathleen is committed to staying at the forefront of the best and newest information to ensure her clients get the best results possible. She is a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and is working towards their consultant certification.