Paula’s love of animals was fostered from an early age as the daughter of a small-animal veterinarian (her father) and a champion show dog breeder and dog rescuer (her mother). She grew up with a “zoo” of animals but has always had a passion for and special bond with cats.
Over the years, Paula has been many things—teacher, writer, book editor, project developer—but her love of cats ultimately steered her toward a career in cat behavior. In 2006, she became a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) volunteer and advocate for community cats in Westchester County and also began caring for several feral cat colonies. These experiences sparked a special interest in cat behavior and led to her mission to prevent cats from being abandoned, relinquished to shelters, or euthanized because of behavior problems.
In 2014, Paula received professional certification in Animal Training and Enrichment, with a specialized certificate in Feline Training and Behavior, from the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in Low-Stress Handling for Cats and Dogs (2015-Silver) and in Pet CPR and First Aid. Paula holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and she is currently pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute (CASI).
Paula is the chair of the Pet Professional Guild’s (PPG) Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She also serves as an advisor to the board for FurBridge, a local animal rescue/community outreach program. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband, Bruce, and five rescued cats.
LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions brings together in one place Paula’s personal and professional skills, her love of cats, and her mission to keep the bond between cat and guardian strong and healthy for the benefit of each. This is her passion—a passion she will share with you and your cats.
Contact her now for a free phone consultation
Paula practices a least-intrusive minimally aversive (LIMA) approach to behavior modification and training. She is dedicated to using positive reinforcement in her work with cats and clients, as this approach is the most humane and effective and is least likely to result in aggression, avoidance, and fear in learners of all species.
Using positive reinforcement techniques puts the learner in control, as the learner determines what is reinforcing, not the trainer. It is the trainer’s job to set up the learner for success by discovering and working with the learner’s preferences and applying behavior modification and training techniques in a clear and consistent manner, and within the learner’s abilities.
Find out how Paula can help you use these techniques to change your cat’s behavior and improve your relationship with your cat. Request a free phone consultation now.