Feral Kittens: More Than KMR
May
24
7:00 PM19:00

Feral Kittens: More Than KMR

  • Tails from the city adoption and activity center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

It's kitten season which means there are a lot of pregnant female cats and young kittens being brought to shelters. While most foster kitten raisers focus on keeping the kittens medically healthy, it is also crucial to socialize them. This is what will keep them in life long loving homes.

I will be discussing step by step how to socialize feral and fearful kittens to set them up for success and keep them in life long homes as well as tips for TNRing kittens.


$5 per person. Payable at the door or via pre-registration.

To register please call us at 440-525-6577 or email at chirrupsandchatter@gmail.com

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How to Speak Cat
May
8
5:30 PM17:30

How to Speak Cat

With each purring meowful and swaying tail, cats are communicating with us. Join Tabitha Kucera CCBC, RVT for a cat-ivating session on everything cat communication. Tabitha will discuss feline body language, how scents affect cats' behavior, cat vocalizations, helping cats through communication, and ways you can partake in cat chat.

The event will take place in our lounge and is limited to 20 attendees. A brief Q&A and cat room tour will be available at the conclusion of the event

*** Please prepay online via PayPal using our link to the calendar page on our website (www.destinationcats.com) to reserve your spot! 

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Canine Aggression & Bite Prevention Education Seminar!
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Canine Aggression & Bite Prevention Education Seminar!

  • Crowne Plaza Portland-Downtown Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

No more cat wrangling! Techniques for force free feline handling.

Tabitha Kucera

Many cats feel fear, anxiety, and stress when being handled and/or approached. The effects of feeling this way can lead to reduced quality of life for the patient and animal care teams, an increase in injury to staff, and make owners less likely to bring their cats in for veterinary visits. Fear, anxiety and stress can also make veterinary visits more difficult and lead to lower quality care, fewer diagnostics, and ultimately poorer medical outcomes. Lastly, it can lead to cats being surrendered due to broken bonds between pets and their owners. This is why it is vital for us to do what we can to limit fear, anxiety, and stress  in the cats we are working with and provide consistent, positive human to cat social interactions. 

In this session, we will discuss the effects and how to identify the signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in our cats.  We will also discuss tools and handling techniques that can help reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats thus making the shelter, veterinarian and home an overall less stressful and happier place for cats, visitors, employees, and volunteers. When a cat’s fear and anxiety is reduced, animals will be more adoptable and more likely to stay in long-term, loving homes.

 ·     The effects of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats

·     Identify signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats

·     Understand the potential consequences of force-based handling techniques on cats and humans

·     Learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress for cats in veterinary clinics, shelters, and at home

Causes and treatment of Inter-cat aggression 

Tabitha Kucera and Paula Garber

This session will discuss the various causes of inter-cat aggression between cats who share the same household (Note: It will not cover aggression between outdoor cats). It will discuss the identification of problems, prevention strategies and client recommendations. These will include signs of conflict, types of aggression, the difference between play and aggression and environmental considerations for cats in conflict.

The presenters will also review the extensive protocol they implement to resolve inter-cat aggression, including the use of scent, pheromones, space sharing, enrichment, desensitization and counterconditioning. This is an issue that often resolves at a glacial pace, so the session will also discuss how to manage client expectations and provide support during the process.

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HSUS EXPO
Apr
18
10:15 PM22:15

HSUS EXPO

  • Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Encouraging enrichment through engagement

Description: Enrichment in shelter settings is incredibly important for not only the animals but also for staff and volunteers. Providing enrichment helps to decrease stress, illness, and increases adoption in cats and dogs which in turn keeps volunteers and staff happier. 

In this workshop, we will be discussing how to recruit, empower, engage, and retain volunteers while also increasing your organizations impact and improving public perception by enriching the lives of your shelter’s residents. 

We will provide specific enrichment activities for all different age groups from the local girl scout troop to senior citizens and share with you some of the programs that have proven most successful.

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Changing Perspective, feline friendly handling: a kind approach
Mar
15
7:30 PM19:30

Changing Perspective, feline friendly handling: a kind approach

  • Tails from the city adoption and activity center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The benefits of low stress and fear free handling are vital for anyone who works with animals. These techniques can help reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in animals thus making the shelter or home an overall less stressful and happier place for animals, visitors, employees, and volunteers. When an animal’s fear and anxiety is reduced, there is a lower likelihood of bites, scratches, and other injuries to caregivers, animals will be more adoptable and more likely to stay in long-term, loving homes.

Tabitha Kucera, level 3 fear free and low stress handling certified registered veterinary technician, certified cat behavior consultant and KPA-CTP will be presenting on the 

• The effects of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats
• Identify signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats
• Understand the potential consequences of force-based handling techniques on cats and humans
• Learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress for cats in veterinary clinics, shelters, and at home

$5 per person. Payable at the door or via pre-registration. 

To register please call us at 440-525-6577 or email at chirrupsandchatter@gmail.com

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Friends for life: Caring for senior felines
Feb
15
7:30 PM19:30

Friends for life: Caring for senior felines

  • Tails from the city adoption and activity center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As cats get older, they often have different considerations than when they were young, and small changes to their lifestyle can make make a big difference. 

Tabitha will be discussing 
- Signs of common physical and behavioral changes associated with aging  
-How you can keep your cat comfortable and minimize stress as they age
- How to make your home more senior friendly
-Enrichment for your senior cat 
-Tips on medicating your cat

$5 per person. Payable at the door or via pre-registration. 

To register please call us at 440-525-6577 or email at chirrupsandchatter@gmail.com



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Feline Communication: How To Speak Cat
Feb
9
1:00 PM13:00

Feline Communication: How To Speak Cat

  • Greentown Volunteer Fire Department (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hosted by Cripple Creek Ferals and Friends

With each purring, meowful and swaying tail, cats are communicating with us. Join Tabitha Kucera CCBC, RVT, KPA-CTP and owner of Chirrups and Chatter or a cat-ivating session on everything cat communication. Tabitha will discuss feline body language, how scents affect cats behavior, cat vocalizations, helping cats through communication, and ways you can partake in cat chats.

Tickets are 10.00 per person. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided. You can reserve your spot through PayPal at criplcrkferals@aol.com or by mail at CCFF P.O. Box 172 Uniontown, Oh 44685 please specify Cat Behavior Seminar.

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Litterbox Lessons: Preventing Litterbox Issues
Jan
27
5:00 PM17:00

Litterbox Lessons: Preventing Litterbox Issues

  • Tails from the city adoption and activity center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cats defecating and urinating outside the box is one of the most common behavioral issues among cats. Unfortunately, house-soiling is also a leading cause of relinquished or euthanized cats. Contrary to popular opinion, cats do not do that to punish or spite their housemates! Instead, feline house-soiling is due to either a medical problem and/or fear, anxiety, and stress. 

Join Tabitha Kucera RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP at the Tails Adoption and Activity center as she discusses litterbox lessons, how you can prevent house-soiling, and what you can do to help if it is something you and your cat(s) are struggling with.

$5 per person. Payable at the door or via pre-registration. 

To register please call us at 440-525-6577 or email at chirrupsandchatter@gmail.com

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