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    Cathy Madson, MA, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA

    Cathy Madson became a certified dog trainer in 2008, but she likes to think that her career began when she was six years old and a stray wandered into her yard and became her first dog companion. She completed her CPDT-KA certification in 2017 and her CBCC-KA certification in 2019. Cathy loves to geek out at dog behavior and training conferences. As Preventive Vet's dog trainer on staff, Cathy focuses on helping humans and their pets build a strong relationship based on trust, clear communication, and the use of positive reinforcement training methods. When she's not working, you can usually find her paddle boarding or knitting yet another dog sweater for Sookie, her Welsh Cardigan Corgi.

    Recent Posts

    What to Do If You Find a Lost Cat


    Being able to reunite a lost cat and their owner is a rewarding feeling, but it’s also not always an easy task. Sometimes the cat won't approach you or for other reasons you might not be able to try and catch it. In this case, taking a photo or writing a description and posting on social media with the location can go a long way in helping someone track down their lost cat.

    If you see a lost or stray cat and feel you're prepared and able to help, and if it’s safe to do so, here are some tips to help you find their owner as quickly as possible:

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    Topics: Cats, Lost Pet, Outdoor cats, Cat Tips, Missing cat, Lost Cat, What to do if you cat is lost, Lost poster

    Your Cat in a Cone: Elizabethan Collar Desensitization


    The dreaded cone! (Also commonly referred to as the "lampshade" or the "radar dish.") Your veterinarian might give you this super stylish Elizabethan collar to protect your cat's recent surgery site from licking and chewing, and some cats need to wear one to prevent clawing and scratching at their face or to keep them from obsessively grooming themselves.

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    Topics: Surgery, Cat, Cat training, E-collar, Cone

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