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Jaime Clifton
Cat Behavior & Wellness Coach

I tend to view myself as a translator between cats and their guardians. Anytime there is concern from a guardian about their cat, there is always some sort of communication that is simply lost in translation. I'm big on bridging the communication gaps by teaching guardians about feline body language and by showing them how to use positive reinforcement based training methods. When there is a breakdown in communication, the human guardian tends to feel that something is wrong with their cat, or that a behavioral issue is present. I view things more simply as a disharmony in the cat-human relationship. I look at both the human and the cats' needs and I come up with a middle ground that is agreeable to all.

My approach to cat behavior & wellness is holistic in essence. I look at each cat as an emotionally complex being with a unique set of experiences, preferences and needs. Healthy nutrition, exercise, and enrichment are vital components to a happy and balanced cat.  Self-care for ourselves is also something that must be addressed and put into action.

Cats are individual beings, just as people are, and when given choice, love, and understanding, cats will trust and bond with us in the most rewarding of ways! By adapting words like "transform," "shift," and "create," we invite amazing and positive change within our cats and our relationships with them.

- My background -

I currently hold the following professional certifications:

Animal Behavior Institute Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist, CFTBS

Animal Behavior College Cat Trainer, ABCCT

Fear Free Professional Trainer, FFCP

Companion Animal Sciences Institute, Dip.PDT

Professional Behavior Organization(s):

​Active Member of Pet Professional Guild (PPG)

Inactive Member of the International Organization of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC)

2021

Certified Pet Food Nutrition Specialist - DNM University

 

2020

Certified Feline Training & Behavior Specialist - Animal Behavior Institute

Certified Volunteer Pet Detective - Missing Animal Response (MAR) Field Group Course​

2019

Certified Cat Trainer - Animal Behavior College

Healing Touch for Animals Level 2 - Small Animal Class

Healing Touch for Animals Level 1 - Small Animal Class

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2018

Certificate of completion - IAABC's Feline Behavior Solutions​

2017

Completed IAABC's Cat Behavior Consulting Mentorship

Feline Nutrition Certification - Academy of Natural Health Sciences 

2011-2017 - Employed at Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, CA​​

2016

Diploma of Professional Dog Training - Companion Animal Sciences Institute

Earlier Years​

2010 - Worked for an animal rights non-profit for 1.5 years

2009 - Completed a B.A. in Psychology with honors from California State University, Long Beach

Member of the CSULB student animal rights group