Paula Garber


Paula started

Lifeline Cat Behavior Solutions

in 2014 to bring together in one place her love of cats, her personal and professional skills, and her mission to help cat guardians better understand, appreciate, and enjoy their feline family members. This is her passion—a passion she will share with you.

Paula holds a diploma in

Feline Behavior Science and Technology

and a Master of Arts degree in Education. She is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and a Certified Feline Behavior and Training Specialist, and she is also a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer and is Certified in Low Stress Handling.

Paula is chair of the

Feline Committee

and member of the Steering Committee for the Pet Professional Guild. She is also a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and the Animal Training Academy, and director and co-founder of the Cat Protection Council of Westchester. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.


Education and industry certifications:

  • Diploma, Feline Behavior Science and Technology, 2020, Companion Animal Sciences Institute
  • Certified Fear Free Animal Trainer, 2018, Fear Free
  • Certified in Low Stress Handling for Cats and Dogs, 2015-Silver, Low Stress Handling University
  • Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional, 2014, Animal Behavior Institute
  • Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist, 2014, Animal Behavior Institute
  • M.A. Ed., Education/Secondary English, 1994, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.S., English/Secondary Education, 1990, State University of New York at Albany

Published articles:

BARKS from the Guild, Pet Professional Guild:

Pet Gazette Westchester:

Current industry roles:

  • Feline Committee Chair and Steering Committee member, The Pet Professional Guild
  • Member, Association of Animal Behavior Professionals
  • Member, Animal Training Academy

Professional activities:

Lectures and presentations:

  • Calm Cats, Happy Clients, Safe Staff: Reducing Fear, Anxiety, and Stress for Cats in the Veterinary Clinic, White Plains Veterinary Hospital, 2020
  • Coping with Catitude: Understanding Our Feline Friends, Dutchess County SPCA, 2020
  • Managing Stress and Distress for Cats in Shelters, Paws Crossed Animal Rescue, 2020
  • The Feline Fine Project (with Sally Williams), Super Pet Expo, 2020
  • Cat Chat Panel (with Marci Koski, Tabitha Kucera, and Sally Williams), Catsbury Park Cat Convention, 2019
  • How to Speak Cat: Exploring Feline Communication and Social Behavior, Pet Professional Guild Canine Aggression and Dog Bite Safety Education Seminar, 2019
  • Inter-Cat Aggression: Causes and Interventions (with Tabitha Kucera), Pet Professional Guild Canine Aggression and Dog Bite Safety Education Seminar, 2019
  • Increasing Cat Visits to the Veterinary Practice, Mount Kisco Veterinary Clinic, 2014


  • Cat Handling Techniques to Reduce Fear, Anxiety, and Stress, Pet Professional Guild, 2016
  • Feline Communication and Social Behavior, Pet Professional Guild, 2016
  • Learn How to Organize a Kittengarten: It’s Good for Cats, Good for Your Business, and Good Fun!, Pet Professional Guild, 2016