In his hit TV show, “My Cat From Hell,” our founder, the Cat Daddy himself, Jackson Galaxy, has shown us that a mentally stimulated, active cat is a much more happy cat. In a shelter environment, behavior enrichment and physical activity can also make that cat a much more easily adoptable cat. And adoptability saves lives.
Shelters can often be overwhelming places for cats. The sights, loud sounds and strange smells can make even the most outgoing, active cat become nervous and shut down. For cats who already tend to be shy, the stress of their shelter surroundings can make them hide under blankets and in the corners of cages to avoid contact with anyone who approaches. Stress can also lead to illness such as upper respiratory infection. All of these things can contribute to making a cat seem less “adoptable.”
Cat Pawsitive was created to help keep that from happening.
Developed by Jackson Galaxy and a team of animal behavior experts, The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive is a mojo-enhancing, positive-reinforcement clicker training initiative that enriches day-to-day life for cats in shelters, builds new skills for cats as well as shelter staff and volunteers, promotes the human-cat bond, and helps improve adoptability.
By utilizing positive, reward-based Cat Pawsitive training, a shelter volunteer or staff member can reduce the stresses that might keep a cat from connecting with an adopter. With clicker training that positively reinforces good behaviors, a shy cat can learn to feel comfortable coming up to the front of her cage to meet a potential pet parent, a feisty cat can learn to play nice, and an outgoing kitty can even learn to give an endearing “high five” to his visitors to seal an adoption deal. Cats gain confidence and get mental and physical stimulation through their clicker training sessions, and soon they are building connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters.
What is Cat Pawsitive?
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is one of 55 animal welfare organizations across the U.S. selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project, a Signature Program of GreaterGood.org, to participate in the 2020 Semester of Cat Pawsitive
Cat Pawsitive is a life-saving initiative that introduces positive-reinforcement training to shelter and rescue cats.
Cat Pawsitive is supported by the Petco Foundation, and it aims to increase feline adoption rates as well as maintain and improve cat adoptability at shelters and rescues.
How it Works:
- The online training program, designed by The Jackson Galaxy Project’s feline behavior experts, will run from January 3 – March 30, with 8 core team members learning Cat Pawsitive’s positive-reinforcement-based training methods.
- The Cat Pawsitive program is designed to keep adoptable cats mentally and physically active in a shelter or rescue environment. The focus is on fun training sessions that go beyond playtime-as-usual to help cats maintain their mojo and connect more quickly with potential adopters.
- Cats who are exposed to the reward-based training methods of Cat Pawsitive experience reduced stress levels and build connections with staff, volunteers and potential adopters.
Jackson Galaxy (star of the television show My Cat from Hell on Animal Planet, and founder of The Jackson Galaxy Project) developed Cat Pawsitive with a team of feline behavior experts.
Since 2016, more than 1,200 cats have been adopted during Cat Pawsitive semesters, with hundreds of more cats benefitting from being in the program and continuing their training on the road to adoption.
To date, a total of 174 animal welfare organizations have participated in Cat Pawsitive programs.