Have you ever watched a funny cat video (or your own cat) and wondered, “Why are they doing THAT!??” At this Science on Tap, Dr. Rolan Tripp, veterinarian and animal behaviorist, will start with a basic introduction to feline body language – both between cats and when TRYING to communicate with people. (Once you know what to look for, few things are as entertaining as “Cat Social Politics.”) Then we’ll analyze several internet cat videos, and after giggling, decode the underlying brain-muscle mechanisms of impulse control, reaction thresholds, and the fine line between quirky and crazy.
Dr. Tripp holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine as well as academic degrees in Philosophy and Music. He is an Affiliate Professor of Applied Animal Behavior at two US Veterinary Schools, and certified by the International Assn of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Tripp has published over 40 articles on pet behavior, and given over 100 lectures to veterinary associations. In addition to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, he has presented in England, Japan, Puerto Rico, and Canada, including giving the Keynote Address at an international veterinary meeting. He has appeared on Animal Planet over 20 times as a content expert.