Litter Box Mentors
The Happy Litter Box is so fortunate to have access to the best resources out there. Our experts are kind enough to offer their time and talents to helping us make our litter boxes happy litter boxes!
Give it up for our Litter Box Mentors!
Marilyn Krieger, CCBC
Marilyn Krieger, Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of The Cat Coach, LLC® solves cat behavior problems through on-site and phone consultations. Marilyn works directly with clients as well as through veterinarian referrals. She uses a combination of positive reinforcement methods, including behavior modification, training, management and education. As a cat behaviorist, 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.
Her award-winning book, Naughty No More! focuses on changing unwanted cat behaviors through clicker training, environmental management and other positive reinforcement based methods. Naughty No More! recently won the 2012 about.com’s Readers Choice Award for best cat behavior book. The book has also been honored with the Tidy Cats Feline Behavior award and Muse Medallion in the Cat Writers Association 2011 Communication Contest.
Additionally, Marilyn writes the monthly behavior columns for Cat Fancy Magazine and the weekly cat behavior columns for catchannel.com and has contributed articles and columns to USA Today, Catnip, the Tufts University publication, Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice, the IAABC journal and other publications. She is also on the advisory board for NBC’s Petside.com and is co-chair of the cat division for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
In addition to consulting and writing, Marilyn teaches classes and lectures nationally on cat behavior. She frequently guests on television and radio programs, providing valuable tips and insight on how to improve cat behavior. Marilyn has appeared on Animal Planet’s Cats 101, discussing cat behavior and showcasing clicker training. Her expertise also has received national and regional media attention from such outlets as USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, MSNBC, KGO Radio, ABC, CBS and others.
Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell,” is a unique presence in the pet psychology world. Not only is he a rather tall fellow with a shaved head and arm sleeves of cat tattoos, but he is also exceptionally experienced, well known and highly regarded. Jackson has been working with cats for 16 years, including eight years in a high stress cat shelter at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado.
Jackson’s forthcoming book, Cat Daddy, tells the story of how one special cat brought him back from the brink of destruction….and led him to his life’s work.
Tracie is known as a pet wellness advocate and has a series of unique weekly live radio programs dealing with dog and cat issues, which she produces and hosts. She interviews experts in the field, authors of books about animals, and takes callers’ questions on the air. DOG TALK® is on NPR station WLIU 88.3 FM from Southampton New York and in 2009 she won a prestigious Gracie Award (the radio equivalent of an Oscar) as “Outstanding Host of an Entertainment/Information show.”
CAT CHAT® is on Wednesday nights on the Martha Stewart channel of SiriusXM satellite radio, where she also appears live every Wednesday at 1 PM to answer callers’ pet questions. In addition, she has just completed a series on for NPR called AUTHORS ON ANIMALS, also on WLIU. In 2009 she also had a live show on Saturdays on the legendary station WOR 710 AM in New York City called DOG TALK & CAT CHAT®.
Recognized nationally as a leading expert in both canine and feline nutrition, Tracie has traveled across the country giving talks to pet owners on subjects like “You’re Feeding Your Pet What?!, and offering herself as “a bridge between consumers and providers” in talking to students in veterinary colleges from Tufts to Virginia Tech and UC Davis with her presentation “FUR PARENTS – Managing the Two-Legged Client.” Tracie is also a spokesperson for PETCO and travels extensively for them, appearing on local television shows on topics related to pet health and safety.
In her several free hours a week (!) Tracie enjoys living in Bennington, Vermont with her husband and their two adopted Weimaraners, a Collie mix and a pair of retired breeding mini-donkeys, mother and daughter, Mona and Lisa.