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Claw Counseling: Living in Harmony with Clawed Cats

Claw Counseling: Living in Harmony with Clawed Cats

Claw Counseling: Living in Harmony with Clawed Cats

Dr. Kelly A. St. Denis, MSc, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
Dr. Kelly A. St. Denis, MSc, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
on behalf of American Association of Feline Practitioners

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Launch date: 17 Sep 2018
Expiry Date: 13 Aug 2020

Last updated: 07 Dec 2018

Reference: 192638

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Heather Martland (6 Nov 2018)
Very informative!!!!
Rebecca Josephs (5 Oct 2018)
Webinar itself was very good. The quiz at the end, I think, could easily be passed without viewing the webinar or even knowing much about cats.
Jennifer Miller (31 Oct 2018)
I will have some bullet points for cat owners on what they need to do/items to use to enrich their cat's environment to encourage scratching in the appropriate locations.

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This course is only available to trainees days after purchase. It would need to be repurchased by the trainee if not completed in the allotted time period. This course is no longer available. You will need to repurchase if you wish to take the course again.

Description

North American attitudes towards the procedure of declawing are shifting rapidly. As we move away from this procedure, it is increasingly important for veterinary teams to focus on educating clients about normal scratching behaviors in cats. Claw Counseling teaches clients how to live in harmony with their clawed cat. This presentation will review the natural scratching behavior of domestic cats with guidance on how to target this behavior to desirable surfaces. It will describe the goals behind Claw Counseling, providing the necessary information for veterinary practices to implement this program immediately. The benefits are mutual as the caregiver learns to understand the cat’s behavior and needs and the cat is allowed to express those behaviors in the most natural way.

Objectives

Claw Counseling
• Review the physical and emotional reasons that cats need to scratch.
• Review the anatomy of the feline nail and how to care for them in all age groups.
• Explore resource management & environmental enrichment as tools to guide scratching in cats.
• Review the 5 pillars of a healthy feline environment and how to use these towards guiding desirable scratching.
• Review approaches to trouble shooting so-called ‘undesirable’ scratching behaviors in cats.
Dr. Kelly A. St. Denis, MSc, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)

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Dr. Kelly A. St. Denis, MSc, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)
on behalf of American Association of Feline Practitioners

Dr. St. Denis is currently a full-time clinician at the Charing Cross Cat Clinic in Brantford, Ontario, which she opened in 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Molecular Biology and Genetics, and a Master of Science in Immunology. In 1999, she completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the Ontario Veterinary College. Dr. St. Denis has been certified with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the specialty of feline practice since 2013. Dr. St. Denis is a consultant for the feline medicine boards on VIN. She has been a member of the Board of Directors for the AAFP since 2017 and sits on the Advisory Council for the AAFP Cat Friendly Practice Program. Dr. St. Denis is proudly one of the 6 Canadian feline specialist members of Cat Healthy.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 0.50 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
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    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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User Reviews (23)

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Heather Martland (6 Nov 2018)
Very informative!!!!
Rebecca Josephs (5 Oct 2018)
Webinar itself was very good. The quiz at the end, I think, could easily be passed without viewing the webinar or even knowing much about cats.
Jennifer Miller (31 Oct 2018)
I will have some bullet points for cat owners on what they need to do/items to use to enrich their cat's environment to encourage scratching in the appropriate locations.
(28 Nov 2018)
It would be helpful to have this particular course available for all of our staff to view, so that clients are receiving the same message from everyone in the hospital and so that everyone can feel confident in the recommendations being made.
Cassie Delaplain (27 Oct 2018)
A little disorganized - there are some breaks between topics & then it goes back to a previous topic I had thought was finished. I can see ways I may be able to implement this into my hospitals culture and thought the content was very valuable!
Adam Cosgrove (25 Sep 2018)
I feel like you could know nothing at all about cats and scratching behavior and answer the 5 questions after the course correctly.
Miss Marissa Taylor CVA (25 Oct 2018)
Not as well organized as other webinars, but that only really affected note-taking :) Other than that, great information and resources. Maybe combine webinar with more information on specific types of cat trees as well, since there are so many types on the market, and most of them contain the scratching posts/pads discussed.
Dr Kerry McKinney DVM (23 Sep 2018)
Good organized presentation of client-relevant information.
Diane De Bruyn (23 Oct 2018)
Lots of great information, the course is short and to the point.
Ms Julie Bell (21 Sep 2018)
I thought that overall this was a good webinar in that it discussed how to talk to clients about redirecting unwanted scratching. I do wish that there was more information regarding counseling clients about the health risks of declawing a cat. The sound quality was a little off as another reviewer pointed out.
Ms Joanne Buitenhuis RVT (20 Sep 2018)
Excellent!
Dr Jessi Pizzuli DVM (20 Sep 2018)
For feline-only practices there was no new information on counseling owners on scratching issues. The presentation seemed redundant as several slides had the exact same information, just in a different order. The recommendation of a variety of products was good for providing a starting point for clinics and owners to successfully resolve the issues.
Mr Brad Webb (20 Nov 2018)
Poor audio quality
Dorene Culp (2 Oct 2018)
The sound quality was a little difficult at times, not very clear throughout the presentation. It was good information, and I appreciate the website resources being added for further training materials for both staff and clients.
Anne Clayton (19 Sep 2018)
The sound quality was muffled, but overall, the content was great!
Pamala Coker (19 Sep 2018)
Great training for new employees and good reminders for us old folks too!
Dr Nadine Desautels (19 Sep 2018)
Very helpful, tk you Kelly Nadine
Ashley Ackert (18 Sep 2018)
Very helpful in discussing all solutions and how to get an appropriate and helpful history from the owner.
MaryAnne Schadler (18 Sep 2018)
Concise, clear, plenty of information to help clients understand and impact scratching behaviors and challenges. Great!
Caroline Montgomery (18 Sep 2018)
I enjoyed the lecture. Learning to come at the problem not as to how to stop the cat from scratching a surface but figuring out why that surface has been chosen will open up a lot of discussion between my client and myself in order to figure out what that particular cat needs. Thanks you
Ms Ellen Carozza AAS, LVT (17 Oct 2018)
Great CE lecture. Thank you.
Jennifer Rockwell (15 Oct 2018)
The content was excellent but the sound was less than desirable and difficult to listen to. Not sure if it was my computer or the program itself. Thank you.
June Wolf (13 Oct 2018)
Appreciate the referral to other claw counseling resources for clients and clinics.

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