Marilyn Krieger, CatChannel Behavior Expert

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Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant known as The Cat Coach, is an internationally recognized and veterinarian-referred cat behavior specialist, offering both on-site and telephone consultation sessions. Marilyn helps resolve cat behavior issues using a combination of positive methods, including behavior modification, training, management and education. One of her goals is to educate people about cats and cat behavior in order to prevent cats from being surrendered to shelters and euthanized because of resolvable behavior challenges.

Marilyn owns The Cat Coach, LLC a cat-behavior consulting business and is a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), where she sits on the board of directors and co-chairs the Cat Division.

Her new book Cat Fancy’s Naughty No More: Change Unwanted Behaviors Through Positive Reinforcement is scheduled for release in January 2011. The book focuses on changing troublesome cat behavior through a combination of clicker training, management, education and other positive reinforcement methods. Marilyn is also a regular behavior columnist for CAT FANCY magazine.

In addition to consulting and writing, Marilyn teaches classes and lectures nationally on cat behavior. She utilizes her expertise as a cat behaviorist to answer cat-behavior calls on the Animal Behavior Help Line at the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo, Calif. She frequently guests on television and radio programs, providing valuable tips and insight on how to improve cat behavior. Recently, she was featured with her cats on Animal Planet's “Cats 101,” showcasing clicker training and talking about cat behavior.

Marilyn is also the coordinator for the California Bengal Cat Rescue, part of the Bengal Rescue Network.

For more information about Marilyn and her cat-consulting services, click here.

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CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

10/9/2012 2:17:03 PM

Enid -- The noise might have thrown off your cats, but the smell and texture of new carpet could contribute, too. If you want your cat to like being in particular rooms, make them places where good things happen. Feed her favorite treats in these rooms, offer lots of extra petting and place favorite scratchers inside. Cats are creatures of habit and disruption can create a rift, but some gentle coaxing might bring harmony back home. Good luck

enid    Los Angeles, CA

10/2/2012 9:29:22 PM

my cat has not gone upstairs to the bedrooms for over a month now...ever since the day we put new carpet in those bedrooms, she refuses to go upstairs. the carpet installers made alot of noise while installing so we believe that is what scared her...what can we do to help get her back to going upstairs ?

CatChannel Editor    Irvine, CA

9/24/2012 9:28:42 AM

Joyce -- Could you write up an email with more detail on your situation? Please send it to

Joyce Harmon    Van Nuys, CA

9/21/2012 11:32:22 AM

I have a 2 yr old cat from a farrow mother. I also took his brother. He is an angel. After a year he started urinating on a pillow, not using his box. Boyfriend moved in for 7 months, now he is #1 and #2.
Not using his box. Keep box VERY CLEAN. Check up with Vet fine. they said it was behavioral. At my witts end..

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