Seminar – CATS! *NOT* The Musical

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This seminar presented by Don Hanson of Green Acres Kennel Shop addresses the following topics:

  • Our Responsibilities to Our Cat(s)
  • The Natural History of the Cat
  • Feline Behavior
  • Feline Body Language
  • Problem Behaviors
    • Socialization & Fearful Behavior
    • Aggression
    • Litterbox Challenges
    • Safely Transporting Your Cat
  • Feline Nutritional Needs
  • Other Resources

Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog
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Brambell’s Five Freedoms

These two articles discuss Brambell’s from a dogs perspective but much also applies to the cat. I will be writing an article specific to how Brambell’s Five Freedoms in the future.

Animal Welfare – Assessing Pets’ Welfare Using Brambell’s Five Freedoms

Brambell’s Five Freedoms – Parts 1 thru 5 as a printable PDF file – WWM JAN2018 thru WWM MAY2018 –

Cat Welfare

Your Pet’s Behavioral Health Is As Important As Their Physical Well-Being

Shared Blog Post – (Declawing Cats) Still Common in the US, yet Banned in Several Countries – Why Is This Happening?

The Natural History of the Cat

Shared Blog Post – Cats Domesticated Themselves, Ancient DNA Shows – from National Geographic

Cat Behavior

Inappropriate Elimination (Urination & Defecation)

Cat Litter: Who Gets to Choose?

Make Your Life Easier – Get Your Cat to Love Their Carrier 

Shared Facebook Post – Cats, Carriers & Transport

Pet Behavior and Wellness – Pet Behavior as an Essential Component to Holistic Wellness

Shared Blog Post – Cats, Boxes & Other Small Spaces

 Shared Blog Post – A Telltale Sign Your Cat Is Stressed – It is the Right Ear!

Shared Blog Post – Stress and your cat’s health – a new study explores the connection – Mikel Maria Delgado


Cat Body Language

Body Language of Feline Anxiety – Dr. Sophia Yin

Cat Language – Lili Chin

RSPCA –  What does my cat’s behaviour mean? –

Signs of Anxiety and Fear from Dr. Marty Becker


Cats & Nutrition

Book Review – Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purrfect Health by Kymythy Schultze

Things I Wish I Had Known… The Importance of What I Feed My

Shared Blog Post – Dogs and Cats Are Dying Daily Because Their Owners Aren’t Aware of This

Pet Care Providers

Pets, Who Cares for Them When You Are Away?

Selecting A Pet Care Provider – Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – Green Acres Kennel Shop’s “Pet-Friendly” Philosophy – Part 1

Selecting A Pet Care Provider – Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – The PPG – Part 2

Selecting A Pet Care Provider – Yes! A Trend Towards Kinder and Gentler Professional Pet Care – A Veterinary Perspective – Part 3

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
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 Pet Nutrition with Kymythy Schultze Author of Natural Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purrfect Health

Listener Questions No. 26 All About Cats with Dr. Mike McCaw from Veazie Veterinary Clinic

Respiratory Disease in Cats-Dr. Mike McCaw – Veazie Veterinary Clinic

Urinary Health in Cats-Dr. Mike McCaw – Veazie Veterinary Clinic

Pet Care Options When You Go Away: Pet Sitter, Neighbor, Boarding Facility

Cats & Cerebellar Hypoplasia with Stephanie Fournier of Cerebellar Hypoplasia Advocates of Maine


Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, John Bradshaw, Basic Books, 2013 – I first read John Bradshaw’s two previous books on cats; The True Nature of the Cat and The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat back in 2003. Cats, and specifically cat behavior is still under-researched compared to dogs, but Cat Sense nicely sums up what we do know. Bradshaw also discusses how the cat and society are changing and suggests what that means for the cats future. Bradshaw has asked some important questions and concerns about neutering and breeding which merit further discussion and action.

Training Your Cat, Dr. Kersti Seksel, Hyland House Publishing, 1999. Written by an Australian veterinarian, this book is an excellent primer on cat behavior, care, and training. While many people think cats cannot be trained, this book demonstrates exactly how easy training a cat can be.

Nutrition for Cats: The Path to Purr-fect Health, Kymythy Schultze, Hay House, 2008

Feline Nutrition: Nutrition for the Optimum Health and Longevity of your Cat, Lynn Curtis, CreateSpace, 2011

Don Hanson is the co-owner of the Green Acres Kennel Shop ( ) in Bangor, ME where he has been helping people with their pets since 1995. He is a Bach Foundation Registered Animal Practitioner (BFRAP), Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA). Don is a member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and is committed to PPG’s Guiding Principles and the Pain-Free, Force-Free, and Fear-Free training, management, and care of all pets. Don produces and co-hosts a weekly radio show and podcast, The Woof Meow Show, that airs on Z62 Retro Radio WZON (AM620) and WKIT 103.3-HD3 and is streamed at every Saturday at 9 AM. Podcasts of the show are available at, the Apple Podcast app, and at Don’s blog:  The opinions in this post are those of Don Hanson.

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