Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Cat Behavior | Explore current science behind Cat Social Cognition, Learn to Improve Communication With Your Cat

Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Cat Behavior
April 7, 2020
6:30-8:30PM | $5 Suggested Donation
More info: Facebook

The Science of Cat Social Lives: Improving Cat-Human Relationships with Kristyn Vitale, PhD, Instructor and Researcher in the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University.

Millions of humans worldwide share their homes with cats. Despite the popularity of companion cats in our homes, relatively little scientific research has been conducted on cat behavior or the human-cat relationship. The lack of research in this field may in part stem from common stereotypes that cats are unsocial or untrainable. Yet, the science that does exist indicates cats have rich and complex social lives with both other cats and humans.

In this talk, Dr. Kristyn Vitale of the Oregon State University Human-Animal Interaction Lab will discuss the current science behind cat social cognition. She will explore the behavior of outdoor cats living socially in colonies as well as the socio-cognitive abilities of pet cats including their ability to respond to human behavior or bond with their owners. She will also describe how to improve communication with your cat through training and enrichment opportunities that allow cats to engage in natural behaviors.

How to watch the event:

Go to OMSI’s main facebook page at 6:15pm. Here’s a link:
You DO NOT need to have a Facebook account to watch the live stream. Also, watch for scammers trying to get you to sign up for the event. OMSI will NOT ask you to sign up.

If you are unable to join us live, the video will automatically post to OMSI’s Facebook Videos.

Each event will begin with our 10 question trivia game. Grab a pencil and paper and compete against your family! We will also host Q&A after the lecture. In order to ask a question, all you have to do is comment on Facebook.

Thanks to our video partner, Selestream for providing the live-streaming of Science Pub and thanks to Fingers Crossed Interpreting for providing the ASL interpreting!




  1. Carol L. Cooper on April 7, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Would love this.

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