How do you become a cat behaviorist?

Jackson answers one of the most frequently asked questions he faces:

“How do I become a cat behaviorist like you?

Peace, Love, Light and Cat Mojo!

  1. September Jaworek   May 5, 2012 at 8:07 am  

    Jackson you are such an amazing person. When you say things about shelter cats and just working with animals, here and on the show, it just makes a connection in me that makes me cry. I want so badly to help people with their cats and am in the process of getting it started. When I started my business people told me about your show and I honestly purchased cable just to watch it. I can’t wait for your book! I have the most aweful (yet I love him) cat at home and just nothing is working…even the $125 an hour behaviorist has only helped minimally. You are so down to earth I really hope I can get new insights. You don’t know how much you have helped me keep my sanity By showing me I’m not the only one that feels like this about cats and shelter cats.

  2. Stacey Ward   May 5, 2012 at 11:18 am  

    Thank you for sharing this message, Jackson! You are such an inspiration. I’ve been a cats-only groomer for 12 years. I’ve given lots of advice to my clients over the years and have dreamed of focusing on that more. I’ve finally decided to offer behavior consulting as a separate service. I love cats and I believe I understand them. Your shows have been so encouraging. I can’t wait to read your book. I’m so happy cats and their people can live in more harmony and contentment thanks to you. I hope I can help, too. You’re the best, Cat Daddy!! Cats Rule!! >^.^<

  3. Cathy Gough   May 5, 2012 at 11:20 am  

    Where are the locations of the schools that have cat behaviorist programs? Thanks!!

  4. Susan Williams   May 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm  

    I love the beautiful way that you introduce HUMANS, into our world!!!
    We need more intelligent, qualified, cat behavourists.
    I started to make my FOCUS kitties, about 55 years ago.
    I am 62.. STILL FOCUSED!!
    I too, worked in a shelter, I had fantastic mentors. I worked with great cat vets.
    The kitties and their parents here in Victoria call me.. The Cat Mediator.

    Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. Go… CAT DADDY!!

    As always.. Calm and composed
    And the Kitties

  5. Lea Gall   May 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm  

    So there is a difference between behaviorist and behavior consultant. Behaviorist would be a PhD or Masters and behavior consultant is not. There is nothing wrong with not being a behaviorist, people should learn the difference though.

  6. Mandarin MacLeod   June 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm  

    I have caught a few episodes of your show, not sure which season. I have a hard time finding it on my cable, darn it. I was incredibly impressed with your skill, and your ability to really communicate with cats in a way that is needed (especially semi wild/feral – which is a BIG need), but not used often enough. I also watched your ‘Cat Behavior Consultant’ Q&A vid.
    I am pleased to see there is someone successful out there who can acknowledge that there are many of us out there who have worked HARD at this, and despite the big scary letters we DON’T have after our names, we are skilled, capable, and worthy. Thank you for that. I worked at a shelter as well long ago, and have been since fostering (now the harder cases, ill, and unsocialized or semi-feral), as well as adopting (sheepish grin). I have six cats and four dogs presently lol. I’m a certified dog trainer, and a companion animal consultant, specializing in dogs, cats, and rodents. It took me a long time to decide, ‘Hey, I’m GOOD at this, I KNOW cats, and I can DO this. I don’t want to JUST train dogs, I want to help people and their cats too (mostly the cats).” My husband and I have a ridiculous soft spot for cats lol. He’s a big guy, to see him shnoodle his kitties is endearing AND hilarious.

    You are an inspiration, and your attitude and demeanor are very special in a world that’s gone to ego. I will be following your success happily, and hoping everything you deserve comes your way. Thank you, for being a beacon for the rest of us ‘crazy cat people’ 😉

    Yours Truly,


  7. Lesa   July 9, 2012 at 4:09 pm  


  8. Teresa Kappers-Wright   July 15, 2012 at 10:57 am  

    Thank You for all that you do for cats and for humans!Due to caring for an injured rescue, I missed CatFest in Denver yesterday, but this video helped answer the main question I had for you. I have been doing energywork, bodywork, and Body-centered Psychotherapy specializing on stress and trauma for nearly 20 years (on humans, but utilizing some techniques with animals). Volunteering at Angels with Paws Cat Rescue/Shelter since 2005. They have around 20 that are difficult to adopt due to behavioral problems, mostly shyness, a little fear-based aggression (from abuse, neglect and worse). They also have 20 or so physical special needs cats that have been there a long time. Due to lack of funding (private donations only) and lack of volunteers, I am the main helper with these issues. I am really looking forward to what your book has to teach me to help these animals become happier and more “adoptable”.

  9. Mandy Vick   July 31, 2012 at 9:39 am  

    I just wanted to say Thank You for sharing your story, after my fiancee was killed in car accident I also fell victim to drugs and alcohol. In 2008 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and found myself unable to work anymore and basically without purpose. It was then that I found our local no kill cat shelter and rescue. I have always liked animals, so I started to volunteer. That was four years ago, and I love it, I have been working with our shelters problem children for a long time because I seem to have a knack for it, I never realized until your show that I could possibly make a living from what I love soooo much. I have been talking to our shelters owners and am working on becoming a cat behaviorist myself, without seeing your show and hearing your story, I don’t think I would have had the courage to pursue this. So thank you very much for all you do……it means alot. I hope your show brings you to Wisconsin one day!!

  10. lily depue   January 1, 2014 at 11:13 pm  

    Dear Jackson,
    My name is lily depue, and I am 11 years are the most awesome guy ever. Even though you don’t know me ,you play a huge part in my life you make me who I am today. If it wern’t for you I would be nothing you give me that happiness in my life, and I want to thank you for that.
    Your friend,

  11. miss j darling   November 15, 2014 at 4:24 am  

    Hi jackson , u are amazing iv bn watching your programmes, love them , i have 3 cats and my third cat ,gypsy was violent so i did wat u did on ur programmes and now shes a kind gentle girl even with my other two cats, she now plays and purrs and still working on the getting to get her to sit with us but its happening …i wish i could train to be a cat behavourist, u are truly one brilliant man …..dont stop …

  12. Kelsey   April 10, 2015 at 4:01 am  

    Jackson please tell me how to communicate with my cat how I get him to play

  13. Marianne Kaspersen   July 12, 2015 at 11:02 am  

    I just want to say that I have loved all your programs. They have been so informative. I have 6 cats myself, and they live in my house. There is actually no trouble with any of them, except from a few minor things, like some liking each other better than others. I am educated as a clinical psychologist and therefore know learning theory and behaviourism in many details. I work with people and their relationship problems in aditition. I have had cats since I was born practically. They have always been around me and I have always communicated well with them, also the aggressive and “less lovable” cats.I have also been involved in cat-breeding and have a few courses.

    I want to start a cat hotel and a service for people who need help with their cats due to behvioural problems and the alike.

    Do thou think I am qualified for trying this. Or will a formal education be needed?

  14. Nourhan ateout   February 14, 2016 at 7:46 pm  

    Hi, I’m looking to be a feline behaviorist and to do a masters in something. But what would I do my master in to become a feline behaviorist and is that enough
    Please need help


We regret that Jackson does not answer questions posted in the comments. This is due to his demanding schedule and the high volume of requests he receives. But most importantly, since he has not met your cat, it would be contrary to his approach for him to give specific personalized advice for your specific situation. That being said, general questions and issues are addressed throughout this blog, in his book Cat Daddy and of course, the show My Cat From Hell.

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