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Lecture: Julie Albright, Cat Behavior

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Date(s) - 03/19/2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture


Join the McClung Museum as Dr. Julie Albright of the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine lectures on Cat Behavior.

The lecture will explore the roots of humans’ changing relationship with cats over their 10,000-year history together. Cats are often considered affectionate and self-sustaining house pets, although their genetic and behavioral background is remarkably similar to the solitary and territorial wild progenitors from which they have evolved. Throughout the centuries, human views of cats have ranged from objects of worship in Ancient Egyptian times to demonic symbols in Europe during the dark ages, but the cat has survived to become the most popular pet in US households today.

Many of the health and behavior problems we see in our pet cats are due to a basic misunderstanding of natural feline behavioral needs.  Albright will explain cats’ amazing ability to adapt to most environments when their owners can learn to provide the optimal emotional, social, environmental and physical needs for their feline companions.

As the PetSafe Chair of Small Animal Behavioral Research at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Albright also conducts research into the causes and best treatments for problem behaviors in companion animals. Her current research interests include behavioral development and documenting the effects of stress and reducing stressors in animal facilities.

The lecture is part of exhibition-related programming for Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt.

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