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Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Dr. Marci has been answering readers' questions about cat behavior since November 2018 via her monthly column featured on The Conscious Cat with Ingrid King website. She covers topics ranging from aggression and litterbox issues, to how to introduce cats and why cats yowl while carrying their toys.
Larch Pet Training Camp Program - Cat Socialization: Dr. Marci Koski has been working with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington and the Washington Department of Corrections to socialize cats less adoptable cats since 2016. Every month Dr. Marci visits Larch Corrections Center and teaches the program's inmates about cat behavior and how to socialize the cats they are working with. Cats who need to work on handling, fear, and aggression issues before they can be adopted through the Humane Society are sent to live with the inmates who socialize them and prepare them for a new home. The cats are then adopted through the Humane Society. It's a win-win-win-win!
Furry Friends Cat Behaviorist and Board of Directors Member: Dr. Marci Koski has been volunteering with Furry Friends, a no-kill cat rescue organization in Vancouver, WA, since 2014. Past roles include cleaning and socialization shifts at the halfway house, creating and leading the social media team, wrangling and supervising cats for the cult classic movie Zombie Cats from Mars. She currently serves as the Furry Friends cat behaviorist, helping cats who are at the halfway house waiting for their forever homes, and helping them transition to their new home once it has been found. Dr. Marci has served as a member of the Board of Directors since 2015.
Tuft + Paw Cat Behavior Consultant: Dr. Marci Koski has been working with the folks over at Tuft + Paw since July 2018 to share important cat-related information with their clients and fans. This includes writing articles (see The Definitive Guide to Cat Behavior and Body Language); consulting with their cat furniture engineers to help design beautiful and functional high-end furniture, bedding, and toys your cat will love; and helping answer clients' questions about their cats and Tuft + Paw products. Head on over to Tuft + Paw to see all the cool stuff your cat wants in her home!
Keeping it Raw: Seattle's Natural Pet Expo. August 1, 2020, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Seattle, WA. Join us for this one-day conference where dog and cat guardians will learn about raising happy and healthy pets in sessions about animal health, behavior, and nutrition. Dr. Marci will be presenting a talk called "Why Does My Cat Do That?" and will discuss some common misconceptions about why cats do the things they do. Learn more about the event here.
2020 Pet Sitter World Educational Conference. October 2-4, 2020, in St. Louis, MO at the Drury Plaza Hotel, Pet Sitters International's Annual Conference will be all about the future of pet-sitting. This conference is for PSI members and their staff of professional pet-sitters. Dr. Marci will be presenting a session called "Advanced Cat Challenges - A Feline Behavior Masterclass for Pet-Care Professionals". Learn more and register for the conference here.
NW Cat Behavior Conference: Exploring the Many Facets of Feline Behavior. March 2, 2020, in Salem, OR at Salem's Historic Grand, NWCATCON is sponsored by the Willamette Humane Society and is an annual educational conference for veterinary and animal welfare professionals and volunteers in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Marci presented a talk about enrichment for cats in both shelter and home settings; something that is so critically needed for felines in our care! Learn more here.
POP Cats Festival! Happening September 28-29, 2019 in Portland, OR at the Oregon Convention Center. Dr. Marci gave her talk "Feline Communication: Learn to Speak Cat Beyond Meow" on Saturday morning at 11 am in the Chat Hub, and on Sunday at 12 pm participated in a panel discussion called "From Cat Lover to Cat Advocate". Dr. Marci was available throughout the festival at her Feline Behavior Solutions booth - thanks for stopping by and saying hello!
Catsbury Park Cat Convention! April 13-14, 2019, at the Convention Hall & Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions participated in a cat behavior discussion panel at 11:45 on Sunday, April 14. "Cat Chat with Sally Williams, Jane Ehrlich, Tabitha Kucera & Dr. Marci Koski" Check out the event schedule here!
Every Cat is a Predator: Enrichment for Happy Little Lions May 20, 2018, at ROAR in Portland, OR. Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions gave a free presentation about the historical and current relationship between cats and humans, and how humans can be better guardians to the tiny, predatory, carnivorous beasties that we now call companions. She discussed the house cat as both predator and prey, and how that shapes their need for play, certain environmental elements, and relationships with other cats. Enrichment was discussed in detail, with various types and forms of enrichment activities highlighted for specific needs of cats.
Thinking Inside the Box Presentation March 3, 2018, at Cat Adoption Team, Sherwood, OR. Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions provided this free presentation to CAT volunteers to provide them with information to help adopters and potential surrenders' of cats curb litterbox issues before they start, or resolve simple litterbox problems.
Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the Cat Fanciers Association's International Cat Show! November 18-19, 2017 at the Portland Expo Center. Dr. Marci will bring her Spinning Wheel of Awesome Cat Prizes – what will you win this year?
CatCentric's "Ask The Expert" Session on Feline Aggression November 13-17 on Facebook. CatCentric continues its "Ask the Expert" feature with a special session hosted by the wonderfully knowledgeable feline behavoirist Marci Koski. Like past sessions, this one will run for five days, with Marci answering your questions throughout the given week. In addition to those individual responses, however, Marci is also providing us with an exclusive video covering feline aggression in all its forms! To see more details click here.
Free Class - Caring for Your Cat for a Lifetime of Health and Happiness Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm at the Cascade Park Community Library in Vancouver, WA. Did you know that your cat's physical and mental needs change as he or she ages? Dr. Marci will teach you all about how to give your adult, senior, and geriatric kitties the care they need to live happy and healthy lives into their golden years. If you own a cat - of any age - you will want to attend this free class! More details forthcoming soon.
Free Feline Communication Workshop - Learn to speak cat beyond "meow"! Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm at the Cascade Park Community Library in Vancouver, WA. Do you ever wish your cat had thought bubbles over her head? Learning the language that your cats speak is easy if you know what to look for. Find out what your cats are telling you by learning about feline communication through body language, vocalizations, and olfactory cues. You'll be speaking cat in no time! Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions will present the workshop.
Feline Communication Free Class Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm at the Camas Public Library, Camas, WA. Do you ever wish your cat had thought bubbles over her head? Learning the language that your cats speak is easy if you know what to look for. Find out what your cats are telling you by learning about feline communication through body language, vocalizations, and olfactory cues. You'll be speaking cat in no time! Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions presented this class, hosted by the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.
Litterbox Purrvana Free Class February 1, 2017 at the Camas Public Library, Camas, WA at 6:00 pm. Hosted by the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions talked about how you can best create a pleasant potty situation to keep your kitty “thinking inside the box”.
Cat Talk: Feline Communication Class at Purrington's Cat Lounge (11-3-2016): Purrington’s Cat-Ucational Series Presents Marci Koski. Dr. Marci Koski, from Feline Behavior Solutions, taught about what your kitty is saying through body language, vocalizations, and actions. Be able to identify subtle signs of annoyance (before things escalate!), and recognize messages of love and affection. If you want to improve the lines of communication between you and your cat, you won't want to miss this presentation.
Dr. Marci Koski Featured Speaker at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington’s “Best Friends” Donor Group’s Annual Event (10-17-2016) Marci will be talking about how similar our companion kitties are to their wild relatives. You might be surprised at how similar they are, especially since so many of us live with these small, carnivorous, well-armed, predatory (and cute, of course) beasties in our homes!
Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the Portland Pet Expo! October 15-16, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center. Marci will be giving a talk called “The Hilarious – and Not So Hilarious – Truth About Living with Cats” on the main entertainment stage on Saturday at 12:40 pm.
Feline Body Language by Dr. Marci presented to the Clark County 4H Cat Club youths at the Clark County Fair on August 5, 2016.
Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the NW Pet Fair! April 23-24, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center.
Guest Lecture by Marci Koski: Thinking Inside the Box – You Too Can Achieve Litterbox Purrvana! for Animal Community Talks (3-20-2016) “Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions is among a growing number of professionals in this field stepping up to help cats and humans get to know each other a little better. She shared with us her advice and experience in dealing with feline litterbox behavior, including a detailed discussion about what cats do and do not need or like about their bathroom areas, and a hands-on comparison of common litters.”… Follow the above link to watch a video of her presentation.
Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the Portland Pet Expo! October 10, 2015 at the Portland Expo Center. Marci will also be giving a presentation on how to keep your cat “Thinking Inside the Box” on our entertainment stage in the afternoon.
Litterbox Purrvana Class at Purrington’s Cat Lounge (9-18-2015): Join us for a very special tea party on Friday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm! Dr. Marci Koski from Feline Behavior Solutions will be sharing her secrets for creating a "Litterbox Purrvana" for your cats - learn how to prevent "outside the box" accidents before they start. You'll also enjoy complimentary tea and a special cake, just for the occasion! You will also get to take home an ultra-dapper hand-sewn kitty bow-tie FREE, which is suitable for your cat's own tea parties!
News and Recognition
55 Cat Lover Blogs we Love by CatPet.Club (2-18-2020) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was included in CatPet's 11 Best Blogs by Pros with Cats category in this blog compilation. "Such lists are many, but this one divides top cat blogs by categories for you to get a better idea of what to expect from them. Also, it rates them by the criteria such as topic-related content quality, creativity, and communication with the readers." Thanks for including Feline Behavior Solutions in your list!
Best Pet Blogs Pet Parents Can Find on the Internet by CyberPet.com (8-26-2019) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was included in CyberPet's list of Top 30 Pet Blogs. "Trying to find the relevant pet blog for your needs can be like finding a needle in a haystack. We sifted through the web and found the best pet blogs for 2019." Thanks for including us in your list!
Top 25 Cat Blogs All Cat Lovers Should Know About by CatMania.net (10-2018) Dr. Marci's Feline Behavior Solutions blog was included in CatMania's list of top blogs for cat guardians seeking reviews, videos, photos, or advice. ["Dr. Marci's] main mission is to prevent cats from being abandoned, abused, or surrendered to shelters as the result of treatable behavioral issues."
Best Pet-Focused Blogs by Dr. Fox Magazine (9-27-2018) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was included in Dr. Fox Magazine's top blogs for new pet parents, which covers a wide array of pet species: cats, dogs, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, ferrets, and rodents. "All of the sites have great user experience and provide value through their articles."
Top 25 Pet Blogs in 2018 by www.stopthefleas.com (2-13-2018) Dr. Marci's Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of Stop the Fleas' top 25 pet blogs!…
Top Cat Blogs by www.rankedblogs.com (12-11-2017) Dr. Marci's Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of Ranked Blogs' top 50 cat blogs. The blogs are ranked "based on votes, links from other sites, MozRank score, and Twitter followers." Marci's blog is also a "Featured Blog" on this cat blog list.
Top 65 Cat Blogs and their Bloggers Which Strive For the Best in Cats 2017 by multibreeds.com (10-2017) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of multibreed.com’s top cat blogs. “This is a list of the 'Top 65 Cat Bloggers and their Blogs Helping You Become a Better Cat Owner'. Either as cat food experts who know what is best for your cat or showing you 'how to ease your cat's life'.”…
Recipient of the Pet Industry Woman of the Year 2017 Advocate Award! (9-26-2017) Dr. Marci Koski received the Pet Woman Industry of the Year 2017 Advocate Award at the annual Women in the Pet Industry Network's annual conference. Five category winners and an overall winner were announced; read the full story here.
Top 35 Cat Blogs You Should Know About - 2017 by www.wwwallaboutcats.com (9-1-2017) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of All About Cats' top cat blogs. “Hey guys, we’ve narrowed down our search for the top cat blogs around the world worth checking out. Our criteria included: topic-related content, new content frequency, and general creativity. The results? 35 awesome cat blogs.”…
Top 50 Cat Blogs About Health and Nutrition by tinpaw.com (8-8-2017) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of tinpaw.com’s top cat blogs. “When you are a cat parent, you need to know every possible thing about making the right decisions where your felines are involved. To get a better grip on the situation, you can search the web for information. But the bigger question is this –where should you start looking for information about your cat’s health and nutrition? Here are 50 blogs you absolutely need to visit on your spare time to learn more about how to take care of your cat’s health.”…
Pet Industry Woman of the Year Finalists Announced by PetsPlusMag.com (8-8-2017) "Women in the Pet Industry Network (WIPIN), a leading organization focused on women entrepreneurs and leaders in the ever-growing pet industry, announces the five finalists in each of the five categories for Pet Industry Woman of the Year." Dr. Marci Koski is a finalist in the Advocate category based on her work she’s done to keep cats in homes and out of shelters. The winners will be announced at the WIPIN annual conference on September 26, 2017.
Finalists Announced for the Women in the Pet Industry's Pet Industry Woman of the Year Award by WomenInThePetIndustry.com (8-1-2017) One finalist will be chosen from five categories - advocate, corporate, entrepreneur, rising star and solopreneur—and one woman from those five will be chosen as Women in the Pet Industry's Pet Industry Woman of the Year. Dr. Marci Koski is a finalist in the Advocate category based on her work she’s done to keep cats in homes and out of shelters. The winners will be announced at the WIPIN annual conference on September 26, 2017.
16 Cat Blogs to Follow if Your Kids Love Cats by BestForTheKids.com (5-11-2017) Dr. Marci's Feline Behavior Solutions blog was included as one of the top 16 blogs to follow if you are a parent of kids who love cats. "It took us more than 3 weeks to come up with this list of carefully vetted cat blogs that had to go through several filters before being considered useful for parents who'd like to know about cats mainly because their kids love them."...
Top 45 Cat Blogs by 10Greatest.com (1-9-2017) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of 10Greatest.com’s top cat blogs. “The blogs are not meant to make money alone but with a deep drive of educating pet owners on how to treat and relate with cats and rescue the ones that are homeless.”…
Top 100 Cat Blogs Every Cat Lover Must Read by FeedSpot.com (11-2-2016) Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of the Top 100 Cat Blogs using searches and social metrics as calculated by FeedSpot…
Top 50 Cat Bloggers by ThoroughlyReviewed.com (10-27-2016) Dr. Marci was recognized as one of the Top 50 Cat Bloggers. “We wanted to take a moment and recognize bloggers who are passionate about our feline friends and who are producing great content on their blogs. Take a look at our Top 50 Cat Bloggers. Congratulations to our winners. The list is in alphabetical order.”…
Local Shelter Receives Money From Amazing Acro-Cats, by The Columbian daily newspaper (7-13-2016) “Furry Friends volunteer Marci Koski and one of the Amazing Acro-Cats at the Portland show for the traveling circus troupe, which donated $920 to the Vancouver-based shelter.” Marci helped coordinate volunteers from Furry Friends and House of Dreams to help out with the Acro-Cats when they came to Portland! Each of the organizations received over $1100 apiece, including merchandise sales and audience donations…
WIPIN Announces Finalists for Pet Industry Woman of the Year, by Pet Product News (6-20-2016) “During the organization’s annual conference, held this year Sept. 19-21 at Embassy Suites Portland Airport in Portland, one finalist will be chosen from five categories—advocate, corporate, entrepreneur, rising star and solopreneur—and one woman from those five will be chosen as WIPIN’s Pet Industry Woman of the Year.” Dr. Marci Koski is a finalist in the Advocate category based on her work she’s done to keep cats in homes and out of shelters…
Non-Profits Updates: Furry Friends featured in SW Washington’s Human Services Council Volunteer Connections Newsletter (3-2-2016) “Dr. Marci Koski has been appointed to the executive committee of Furry Friends as director of social media. Marci is passionate about animal welfare and has volunteered with Furry Friends since April 2014. At Furry Friends, Marci socializes the cats, cleans the halfway house, wrangles cats for zombie movies, and leads the social media team.”…
Washington Cat Shelter Destroyed by Landslide featured in Spot Magazine (2-1-2016) “Shortly before Christmas while the Day family was sleeping, there was a loud boom. Turns out their entire front yard slid down the hill in a landslide. Their house was barely spared from following down the hill. They were ordered to evacuate and the house and cat shelter were considered a total loss.”…
New leadership team announced at Furry Friends featured in The Reflector (12-2-2015) “A new leadership team was recently announced at Furry Friends, a cat adoption agency in Vancouver… Dr. Marci Koski has been appointed to the executive committee of Furry Friends as director of social media. Marci is passionate about animal welfare and has been a volunteer with Furry Friends since April 2014. As a Furry Friends volunteer, she socializes the cats, cleans the halfway house, wrangles cats for zombie movies, and leads the social media team.”…
Furry Friends Announces New Appointments featured in the Daily Insider (10-20-2015) “Furry Friends, a nonprofit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization cat shelter in Clark County, has announced new appointments…Dr. Marci Koski has been appointed to the Executive Committee of Furry Friends as Director of Social Media. Koski has been a volunteer with Furry Friends since April 2014. She has previously volunteered with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Specialist.”…
Cat Missing for Nearly Two Months Returned to Yorkville Couple by kendallcountynow.com (10-23-2019) Dr. Marci shares her perspective on what cats are likely to do when they run away from home or get lost. A displaced cat will act like a cat - not like a human.
Do Cats Need to Wear Clothes in Cold Weather? for PetCoach.co (9-21-2019) Dr. Marci Koski explains why it could be dangerous to dress your cat in a sweater. She also shares how to know when it could be helpful, and tips and tricks to help make your cat's sweater-wearing experience as successful as possible. Read the full article here.
How Much Does a Cat Cost? by Dani Walpole for Reader's Digest (7-24-2019) Dr. Marci weighs in on the cost of getting your cat chipped in an article encouraging readers to consider all the necessary costs of pet ownership. Read the full article here.
How to Keep Cats Off Counters, by Angie Bailey for Catster.com (7-15-2019) Are there any tried and true solutions for keeping your cat off your kitchen counters? Dr. Marci shares advice to help pet parents take steps to curb this unwanted behavior. Read the full article here.
Playtime: Stress Relief for Your Cat and Yourself by Ingrid King for FearFreeHappyHomes.com (7-15-2019) Humans and animals are naturally inclined to engage in play, but what can happen when play is neglected? Behavior problems and poor health. Dr. Marci describes the important benefits we experience when we make time for play with our pets. Read the full article here.
Animals and Inmates: Symbiosis and Redemption by Utne Reader (6-2019) Dr. Marci works with inmates in Southwest Washington in a program that helps provide socialization and training for feral and relinquished shelter cats. The lives of the inmates and the cats are radically changed by working together.
Why is My Cat Hissing at Me? by Modi Ramos for ColeAndMarmalade.com (4-26-2019) When cat parents experience sudden changes in their pet's behavior, especially something as distressing as hissing, it's time to take a look at what's going on in the environment. Dr. Marci Koski spells out the possible causes, and how to assess your situation. Read the full article here.
Why Does My Cat Lick Me? by Aymen Nizam for TheQuill.com (4-12-2019) Dr. Marci illuminates some of the various reasons - besides affection - that cats lick things, people, and each other. Read the full article here.
Why Does My Cat Insist on Watching Me Pee? by Claire Lampen for TheCut.com (3-15-2019) Dr. Marci helps shed some light on a long-held conspiracy theory humans have about cats, explaining that “Most cats are quite intrigued by water.” Read the full article here.
How to Help Your Cat Use the Litter Box, by Allison Hunter for LincolnPetCulture.com (2-13-2019) Dr. Marci discusses reasons why your cat's litter box set up may be causing them stress and offers a checklist that she uses with clients to help create an irresistible litter box. Read the full article here.
The 6 Best Cat Trees for Small Apartments, by Rachel Cavanaugh for Bustle.com (2-10-2019) Dr. Marci and Dr. Valli Parthasarathy share the considerations cat caregivers should keep in mind when selecting a cat tree, and how to get your cats to fall in love with it. Read the full article here.
Four Cat Advice Groups, by Allison Hunter for LincolnPetCulture.com (1-14-2019) The Feline Behaviour Solutions group on Facebook is highlighted as one of four top discussion groups where cat guardians can learn how to better meet their pet's needs in order to encourage better behavior. Read the full article here.
How to Pick Interactive Toys That Your Kitty Will Love by Kathy Blumenstock for PetMD.com (12-13-2018) Dr. Marci was interviewed for this article about cat toys. She shared her insight on choosing toys to correspond with different styles of cat play through the ages. Read the full article here.
Celebrate Cat Lover's Month With a Cat Calendar of Daily To-Do's by Kathy Blumenstock for PetMD.com (12-4-2018) Dr. Marci contributed her pick to the PetMD Cat Lover's end of year round up. Read the full article here.
Does Your Cat Actually Hate You?, by Daniel Kolitz for Gizmodo.com (9-3-2018). Dr. Koski was included in a group of experts to answer questions about whether or not cats really do hate some people in Gizmodo's "Ask Giz" feature. "Because of their prey/predator nature, [cats] have a range of behaviors that allows them to stay safe from predators while enabling them to catch prey and survive... Because of their nature, these actions can be misinterpreted as dislike—and even hate—to uninformed humans..” Read the full article here.
Keep Your Cat Cool in the Dog Days of Summer with a Few Easy Tricks, by Ramona Marek for GoodNewsForPets.com (7-26-2018). Dr. Koski was quoted throughout this article about keeping cats cool during hot summer months. "Know the warning signs of heatstroke. Dr. Koski warns, 'If you see your cat panting, drooling, vomiting, being excessively lethargic, has a fever, rapid pulse or collapses, get to your vet right away. Heatstroke is no joke—it can cause permanent organ damage or death.'” Read the full article here.
For Former Larch Resident, A New Start - And A New Cat by Jacob Nierenberg for The Columbian (6-29-2018) Dr. Marci Koski is part of the Larch Pet Training Camp, a program that brings cats with behavior issues to live with prison inmates. The inmates, or "handlers", socialize and work with the cats until they are ready to return to the Humane Society for Southwest Washington to be adopted. Marci makes monthly trips to the prison to teach the handlers about cat behavior and answer questions about the cats they are working with. "It’s not just a second chance for the cats,” Koski said. “It’s a huge benefit for the people here who are handling and working with the cats. I think that really helps set them up for success once they leave Larch.” Read the whole story here.
Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?, by Daniel Kolitz for Gizmodo.com (5-7-2018). Dr. Koski was included in a group of experts to answer questions about why cats wag their tails in Gizmodo's "Ask Giz" feature. "Cats are great communicators if you know how to speak their language. A cat’s tail position can act as a barometer for her mood: Generally speaking, the higher up a cat’s tail is, the more confident and outgoing she is. When a cat’s tail sinks lower towards the ground, she may be feeling less sure of her circumstances, or even afraid. But context is important because there are exceptions to these general guidelines.” Read the full article here.
How to Stop Your Cat From Waking You Up in the Morning, by Colin Rigley for PreventiveVet.com (4-13-2018). Dr. Koski was interviewed for this article about how to train your cat to stop demanding food from you early in the morning. "According to certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions, 'Cats are excellent trainers — they know how to get your attention and then once you do the thing that they want you to do, they’re like, Yes!’” Read the full article here.
Nothing Like a Good Scratch, Though You Might Disagree, by Bernadette E. Kazmarski for TheCreativeCat.net (3-25-2018). Dr. Koski was consulted for this article about why and where cats scratch, and how we can stop inappropriate scratching. "It’s thought that cats tend to mark objects that are found along common pathways that are traveled within their territory so that scent and visual marks can communicate information to others traveling those same pathways,” Dr. Koski explained. “I know of at least one study that found that cats chose to scratch along common pathways more than around the perimeter of their territory, so from this it appears that scratching is not really intended to map out territories, but communicate within them,” she continued. Read the full article here.
What Cats Do When They're Out at Night, by Dr. Jason Nicholas for PreventiveVet.com (3-21-2018). Dr. Koski was interviewed for this article about night-time activities of cats and talked about territories. "studies have shown that cats' home ranges and territories are shrinking as the environment gets more crowded with cats — in other words, more cats in closer proximity equals more encounters and more fights as they compete over resources.” Read the full article here.
14 Cat Experts Reveal: How To Get A Cat To Like Me, expert roundup published on TheCatSite.com (2-8-2018) “If you adopt - or even just meet - a more discerning feline, you may be wondering: How to get a cat to like me? We asked 14 experts that very question. In this expert round-up, they weighed in with proven ways to earn Kitty’s trust and love.”…
Why Does My Cat Lick Me? by John Kilpatrick for PetMD.com (October 2017). Dr. Koski was interviewed for this article about what it means your cat licks you. "There are many reasons why cats like to lick their owners, but it’s generally thought of as a positive behavior. 'I usually take my cats’ licking as a compliment,' Koski says.” Read the full article here.
Cat Hissing: 7 Things That Might Be to Blame, by Maura McAndrew for PetMD.com (August 2017). Dr. Koski was interviewed for this article about what it means when a cat hisses. "...while hissing is not an aggressive behavior per se, Koski notes that, “If your cat is hissing a lot, something is not right in your kitty's world.” To help you get to the bottom of this behavior, we’ve compiled a list of possible causes behind the cat hiss.” Read the full article here.
5 Myths About Senior Cats Debunked by John Gilpatrick for PetMD.com (June 2017). Dr. Koski was interviewed extensively for this article about senior cats. "Kittens often get all the glory, but senior cats make wonderful pets, too. Just ask Marci Koski, a certified feline behavior and training consultant and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions in Washington State. She’s had her cat, Jesse, since he was 3. He’s now 18, but Koski wouldn’t change that for anything.” Read the full interview here.
How to Get a Cat to Like You: 6 Easy Tips, by Maura McAndrew for Chewy.com (5-4-2017). Dr. Koski was interviewed extensively for this article about how to win the trust of a cat. "When I meet a new cat, the first thing I’ll do is crouch down and greet the cat on her level,” she says. “Making yourself smaller is less intimidating.” Koski also says it’s important to check your body language. “Direct eye contact can be considered intimidating or even aggressive,” she says. “Even body language that is directly focused on the cat may appear to be somewhat confrontational.” Read the full interview here.
7 Places Your Cat is Probably Hiding, by John Kilpatrick for Chewy.com (11-2016) Dr. Koski was quoted numerous times in this article about hiding behavior in cats. "Hiding behavior in cats is usually normal and mostly harmless, says Marci Koski, a certified feline behaviorist. “Cats are both predators and prey in the wild,” she says. “They are instinctively driven to hide when they are hunting prey and avoiding being prey for other predators.”...
16 Experts Reveal the Most Common Litterbox Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them), expert roundup by Anne Moss published on TheCatSite.com (11-14-2016) “Litterbox problems and litterbox avoidance are common complaints in our cat behavior forum, so we went to see what the experts think about this topic. We asked 16 leading cat experts what they thought were the common mistakes owners make when it comes to the litter box and what solutions they offer. We're proud to bring you this collection of useful tips, based on thousands of cases these experts have dealt with over the years.”…
16 Top Cat Experts Share Tips for Dealing with Timid Cats, expert roundup by Anne Moss published on TheCatSite.com (9-6-2016) “Can you offer your one best tip for helping scaredy cats feel more comfortable and less afraid? These 16 leading cat experts agree it's a slow process that takes time and patience on the owner's part. Here are their tried-and-tested tips and advice, along with some touching and encouraging stories of shy cats that they worked with.”…
Cat Scene Investigator: Solve Your Cat's Litter Box Mystery by Dusty Rainbolt (2016) Stupid Gravity Press, Lewisville, TX, 204 pp. Quoted in Chapter 9 - Hurry up in there! Potty Issues in the multipet home, p. 77.
Kittens 101 2017 Annual Magazine by Petcha (Volume 20). Quoted in the article “Litter Box Basics” by Dusty Rainbolt, p. 19.
Stressed-Out Pets: Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety, for Natural Awakenings by Sandra Murphy (5-18-2016) “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Dr. Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes…
Guest Article by Dr. Marci Koski: Tackling Cat Behavior Issues for Humane Society for Southwest Washington's Wag Newsletter (11-14-2019) What could the underlying causes of your cat's behavior problems be? When should you call in professional help? Dr. Marci answers these questions and more in the Fall 19 issue of the Wag Newsletter.
Guest Article by Dr. Marci Koski: Playing With Your Cat? Choose The Right Toy! for Pet Owner's World (9-8-2019) A comprehensive guide to the why's and how's of stimulating your cat through play. Great for pet owners and pet sitters.
Guest Post by Dr. Marci Koski: 5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Toilet Train Your Cat for Modern Cat (6-21-2018) Dr. Koski saw a short article in a newsletter sent out by Modern Cat Magazine about toilet-training your cat. She immediately sent an email to the magazine saying why toilet-training cats is irresponsible and shouldn't be done. In response, Modern Cat Magazine published her article about reasons to not toilet-train cats on their website. Way to go, and thank you, Modern Cat! "...Toilets were made for humans. Humans sit on toilets, do their business, and flush the toilet to get rid of our waste. Toilets were not designed for cats, and in fact, I can’t really think of a more unnatural potty experience for a cat than training it to sit on a toilet to urinate or defecate. Why do we want our cats to do this? If you have a dog, you walk your dog, you clean up after your dog…why is that any less gross or inconvenient than cleaning a litterbox? Yet, we would never consider training dogs to use the toilet, right? It just sounds ridiculous! So let’s break this down. Why am I so vehemently opposed to toilet training your cat?..."
Guest Post by Dr. Marci Koski: Take a (Cat)Walk on the Wild Side for Pet Radio Show Magazine (8-24-2017) “I want you imagine a hypothetical situation. You live in your home and you have sole discretion of what goes on there. But because you want some company, you decide to invite someone to live with you. Well, actually, “invite” isn’t quite the right word; rather, you bring someone to live with you. And this someone happens to be a wild animal. This animal has claws and teeth because it is a carnivorous predator. This animal tends to be most active during dawn and dusk, when its prey is out and about. This animal also hunts up to 20 times per day, which equates to about 30% of its time awake. But, this animal also happens to be lap-sized, covered with fur, and absolutely adorable. This animal we are speaking of is a house cat.”…
Guest Post by Dr. Marci Koski: 5 Questions My Cats Had for Me on Answer Your Cat’s Question Day for We Love Our Pets (1-22-2017) “Every year on January 22, cats are given the opportunity to ask their people their most burning questions. You know, stuff like “why do you need to cuddle me so much?” or “why can’t I have some of what you’re eating?” or “where did that red dot go, dang it???” Well, in our home it’s no different. We have five cats, and all of them are quite varied in shape, size, and purrsonality. And of course, they were all chomping at the bit to ask questions for Answer Your Cat’s Question Day. So shall we get started? Who’s up first?”…
Guest Post by Dr. Marci Koski: Introducing a New Cat: Patience Makes Purrfect Pals! for Core Paws (6-1-2016) “For feline aficionados, there is little more exciting than bringing home a new kitty. However, we’re also usually nervous about how our existing cats will react to the new housemate: will the new addition be considered a non-threatening playmate, or an interloper whom your cats will designate as a ‘mortal enemy who must be destroyed’? Like people, cats have different personalities and sometimes they have to learn how to get along (or at least tolerate each other) if they are going to live together long-term.”…
Guest Post by Dr. Marci Koski: Outdoor Catios for Enrichment and Entertainment, for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors (3-22-2016) “Catios have been all the rage lately, and if you’re not thinking about building one for your indoor kitty, she might be missing out on a great opportunity for enrichment and entertainment! And because catios are easy to build, come in many sizes and price ranges, and are completely customizeable, there’s probably a catio out there that will suit both you and your cat purrfectly.”…
Dr. Marci Koski was a writer for The Columbian daily newspaper's Cat Tales Blog. She wrote articles from 11-4-2015 through 8-19-2016 and covered a range of topics concerning cat behavior, health, and welfare. You can view all of her blog posts HERE.
9 Most Common Bad Kitty Behaviors Explained, featured on iheartcats.com (10-12-2015) “Ever wonder why your kitty does those naughty things? Dr. Marci Koski is a Certified Feline Behavior Specialist from the Portland, Oregon area who works with owners of cats with behavioral issues to figure out which biological/emotional need is not being met, and then developing a plan to help meet the kitties’ needs, thus ending the inappropriate behavior. Koski explained the 9 most common inappropriate behaviors and cats. If your cat is doing one or more of these things, contact a local certified feline behaviorist to help you tackle the problem.”…
Interviews (see also Radio, TV and Movies, below)
Interview With Cat Behavior Consultant, Marci Koski by Allison Hunter for Lincoln Pet Culture (3-15-2019) Dr. Koski shares her backstory on why she decided to become a cat behavior consultant. Read the full interview here.
Animal Behavior Institute Success Story: Marci Koski Dr. Marci shares why Feline Training and Behavior Certification is critical to her work every day.
If Your Cat's Behavior is a Problem, Do More of This by Dr. Karen Becker, Healthy Pets with Dr. Karen Becker (3-10-2018) Dr. Marci Koski was one of seven featured guests in Healthy Pets' Cat Week event. “Today’s special Cat Week guest is Dr. Marci Koski. Dr. Marci is a feline behaviorist and has her own feline behavior consulting business, Feline Behavior Solutions. 'I’ve been working with cats for a long time,' says Dr. Marci. 'I love to help cats and their people resolve behavior issues. The cats, not the people! Although it often ends up crossing over into human behavior issues.' This is so true. Often we don’t know we’re contributing to stress in the home, but humans are a source of stress in many situations.'…Read, watch, or listen to Marci talk about cat aggression and litterbox issues in the full interview here!
Interview with Marci Koski, Certified Feline Behavior Consultant by Robbi Hess, Guest Blogger for Figo Pet Insurance (9-6-2017) “Is your cat exhibiting behaviors that are causing you to tear out your hair? Are you picking up more poo outside, rather than inside, the litterbox? Is your cat too vocal or antisocial? If you’re at your wit’s end with trying to understand what is going on inside your feline’s head, you will want to reach out to a certified feline behavior and training consultant like Marci Koski, PhD, of Feline Behavior Solutions”…Read the full interview here!
Helping your kitty (and you): Yes, it is possible to train your cat by Barry Finnemore of NW Boomer & Senior News (August 2017, p. 9) "Marci Koski is a certified cat behavior and training consultant who believes there's always a logical reason for unwelcome cat behavior because they respond to their environment and the choices they're given by their owners."...
Interview with Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions by Lisa Fimberg of Petpav Online Pet Magazine (3-2-2017) “We were excited to spend some time talking to the wonderful and knowledgeable Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions. She took some time to answer some important questions about cat behavior.”…
Marci Koski’s Feline Behavior Solutions business featured as a Top Service in the Top Women in the Pet Industry 2016 Winter Winners’ Magazine (12-21-2016) by Women in the Pet Industry. “Marci threw open the doors of Feline Behavior Solutions a little over two years ago, in November 2014. She said she didn’t know running a business would be so hard. “Oh my goodness, it’s rewarding, but I wear a lot of hats,” she said. The hats she wears during day range from bookkeeper to secretary, web developer, graphic designer, social media guru, video producer, writer, marketer, public relations manager and the REAL part of her job -- cat behaviorist!”…
A Chat with a Cat Behaviorist, CUTEST INTERVIEW EVER by Lola and Sasha (and their human friend Zoe) of 2 Blogging Cats (10-16-2016) “We have been talking to Certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional Dr. Marci L. Koski! She helps people with their cats or rather, helps cats with their people. Wink wink ;-).”…
Paying It Forward: Marci Koski, Volunteer Spotlight featured in Spot Magazine’s Kitty Corner Blog (6-1-2016) “I became involved with Furry Friends because I decided to start my own cat behavior consulting business, and needed to get my feline behavior certification. The certification program required a certain number of field hours for experience, and I searched for just the right organization with which to volunteer. I found Furry Friends and the rest is history! I couldn’t have picked a better organization to work with – the people are incredibly dedicated, and each cat is special and unique.”…
Interview with our Favorite Feline Specialist, Marci Koski, of Feline Behavior Solutions! by Lisa Fimberg of Petpav Online Pet Magazine (11-21-2015) “The fabulous Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions, spent some time answering some important questions about cat behavior with us. She is a real pro and had some great information for us cat lovers!”…
Working in Clark County: Marci Koski, Cat Behaviorist, by Kay Richardson for The Columbian daily newspaper (11-2-2015) “Please don’t call Marci Koski a “cat whisperer.” She says she doesn’t have any special talents that any cat owner cannot learn. She simply passes them along. “I love seeing how the relationships between cats and their people can be improved, or even completely rescued,” she says. “My mission is to keep cats in homes and out of shelters. If I can do this by educating cat guardians about how to resolve their cat’s behavior issues … I’ve helped improve the lives of both the cats and the people they live with”…
Podcasts and Radio
Cats Spraying: Why They Do It, And How To Stop It (9-12-2019) Dr. Marci returned for a follow up to her recent visit on the Paws & Play with Dr. J Podcast to deep dive into how to deal with the frustrating issue of cat spraying. Listen to the episode here.
Cats Peeing Outside the Litter Box: Causes, Prevention, and Solutions (8-14-2019) Dr. Marci was a guest on Paws & Play with Dr. J - The Preventive Vet Podcast to discuss the tools to determine why your cat is spraying or eliminating outside their litter box, so you can come up with a solution. Listen to the episode here.
Tales with Tails - Cheetos in Prison (5-19-2019) The Tales with Tails Podcast is hosted by Monique of Silver Paw Studio and features uplifting, positive, and heartfelt stories about animals. In this episode, Dr. Marci shared about her work with the Humane Society and a local prison to socialize cats and get them adopted. Cheetos, a big orange cat with a lot of personality, when through the program successfully and was adopted by his own inmate handler when he was released. The two have been inseparable ever since.
The Groomer Next Door - Episode 259 Dr. Marci Koski 2.0 (2-10-2019) The Groomer Next Door Podcast is hosted by Christopher Green and features all sorts of pet professionals. In this episode, Dr. Marci followed up on her previous conversation with Christopher and talked about her role working with prison inmates who socialize cats for adoption, international cat behavior consulting, and enrichment opportunities for happier kitties.
The Groomer Next Door - Episode 252 Dr. Marci Koski (12-24-2018) The Groomer Next Door Podcast is hosted by Christopher Green and features all sorts of pet professionals. In this episode, Dr. Marci chatted with Christopher about her work, common behavior issues she sees, and how to address them.
Cat Training with Feline Behavior and Training Expert Marci Koski by Mia Horberg, featured on Paws & Play with Dr. J (the Preventive Vet's podcast) (11-4-2018). Dr. Marci Koski chatted with Mia and Dr. J about cat behavior, training, operant conditioning, and benefits of training. Check out this link to both listen to and read the interview.
Bridging The Gap: Bringing You and Your Pets Closer (8-31-2018) Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek all about how to giving your cat the best life possible. “...bonding with pets is different than bonding with humans. Lorien sat down and chatted with some great people about how you can improve the bond with your pets (both canine & feline).” Dr. Koski talked about how you can build trust with your cat and better communicate so that you can understand your kitty's needs and desires for a stronger bond.
Dr. Marci Koski – Feline Behavior Solutions Interview (7-9-2018) Peggy Hoyt of All My Children Wear Fur Coats and PetWill Radio interviewed Marci about her work as a cat behaviorist. They covered topics ranging from common behavior problems such as scratching and counter-surfing by providing alternative ways to express behavior, to how to keep cats happy with enrichment activities.
Enriching the Lives of Cats Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek all about how to giving your cat the best life possible (12-11-2017) “We want to keep our cats happy and loved throughout their lives, so today we will go over products that can help strengthen your bond with your cat.” Marci talked about her favorite toys that can be used to bring out the predator in your cat and keep your kitty from getting bored at home.
Keeping the Family Happy Together: Pets and Children Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek all about how to prepare your pets for a new human family member (7-15-2017) “Pets can make a great addition to any family but it can be a bit of challenge for families caring for pets and children...we will learn more about how we can help our pets and children form stronger bonds and prevent them from performing behaviors that will upset them.” Marci talked about making sure your cat is ready for a new baby or child in the third segment of the show.
How to Make Sure all Your Cats Get Along with Cat Behaviorist Marci Koski (7-3-2017) Robert Hudson of Pet Radio Show interviewed Marci about keeping the peace in multi-cat families. Take a listen to this entertaining and informative interview to learn about decreasing resource competition, space time-sharing, and turning cat relationships around in your home!
Dr. Marci Koski – Feline Behavior Solutions Interview (1-2-2017) Peggy Hoyt of All My Children Wear Fur Coats and PetWill Radio interviewed Marci about her work as a cat behaviorist. They covered topics ranging from common behavior problems to how to keep pets out of shelters, and the homeless pet problem.
The Scoop on Poop: Helping You Manage Your Fur Kids’ Bathroom Dooty Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek featuring pet bathroom products (12-10-2016) “It's all about potty talk for today's show. It's something you have to deal with multiple times a day -- your fur kid's bathroom duty. If it's a cat...it's a litter box (hopefully) and there's a lot to scoop out every day (again, hopefully). And if it's a dog...well, you've got poop to scoop there, too. We've got some experts and pet parents on the show today to tell you about the latest and greatest products for managing (and cleaning up!) the doo-doo. Robotic litter boxes, litter that turns colors to help diagnose medical issues, a carpet cleaner that REALLY works, flushing dog toilets and more!" Marci discussed a topic that everyone loves to hate: the litterbox (and potential solutions to simple scooping).
Stuff Yer Pets’ Stockings with Geeky Gifts! Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek all about techy pet gadgets (11-26-2016) “It's time to start shopping, fellow pet loving geeks, and Pet Lover Geek has the inside scoop on the hottest and geekiest gifts for your fur kids! From toys to tools, from silly to serious, we'll talk about the tech finds of the season for dogs and cats.” Marci talked about some of the geekiest gifts for cats and their people.
Keep Cats In Home and Out of Shelters, Interview by Judy H. Wright on The Animal/Human Connection (10-29-2015) This weekly radio show is hosted by Judy H. Wright, and is a fun and feisty show that discusses the human-animal connection. There are lively interviews weekly with the best of animal experts–the people who love pets. Dr. Marci Koski is a Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. Her goal is to keep cats in homes and out of shelters or abandoned as the result of treatable behavior problems. She loves working with cats and their people to educate pet guardians about the needs of their cats and how to meet them.
All Paws Pet Talk on Pet Talk Radio (10-1-2015, 10-8-2015, 10-15-2015, 2-25-2016, and 10-20-2016) All Paws Pet Talk (Smart Animal Talk) is a national talk radio show directed to the millions of owners who are devoted to their pets and animals. Hosts are animal industry professionals covering various specialty topics and giving free pet behavior and medical advice. Marci has appeared on the show several times with Host Deb Wolfe. Audio files are forthcoming!
TV and Movies
Keep Your Pets Safe this Halloween, interview on Portland’s KATU Afternoon Live! show (10-31-2016)
Zombie Cats from Mars, Movie’s Chief Cat Handler (12-2014) Zombie Cats from Mars is a campy spin on classic sci-fi horror movies. The story involves three households, each facing their own problems, who become the victims of a Zombie Cat invasion. The central character, Billy, plays the film’s hero. He aims to save his family, and the neighborhood from the Zombie Cats. Filming involved the use of live-action cats, as well as “realistic” puppet cats. Marci Koski served as the chief cat handler, supervising and handling all live cats provided by Furry Friends no-kill cat rescue organization. View an interview with Marci who talks about cat training and the Furry Friends cats, and watch trailers for ZCFM, HERE.
Posters for Cats: Dr. Marci Koski (12-19-2016) Inspurrational Posters for Cats! “Mo & Ross travel to Vancouver, WA, Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions. What will a behavioral specialist think about Posters for Cats? Who is the cat of the month? What special surprise do Mo & Ross have in store? These questions and more are answered in this latest installment.”
Dr. Marci Koski’s Thoughts on Posters for Cats (12-21-2016) Inspurrational Posters for Cats! “We had a great time hanging out with Dr. Marci Koski, owner of Feline Behavior Solutions. Here is what she has to say about Cat Posters!”
Dr. Marci Koski on Kittyo (12-13-2016) Kittyo Remote Cat Camera “Why do cats like Sam love Kittyo? It's a great way for them to connect with their natural "Hunt, Eat, Groom, Sleep" cycle, explains Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions. Watch to the end to see also how Kittyo has helped Sam with her comic timing.”