May 13, 2024

#76 - Katenna Jones: Build a Better Relationship With Your Cat

In this week’s interview episode, we’re joined by Katenna Jones. Katenna has a breadth of animal care and welfare experience under her belt, from shelter work to cruelty investigation, and for this episode, we’re ecstatic Katenna agreed to talk about cats!
In this episode, you’re going to hear Emily and Katenna talk about:
  • New ways of thinking about pottying outside the litter box
  • Making sure cats know what you’re offering them
  • Cultivating a cat-centric point of view
  • Why cats require precision training
  • Why suppression sometimes works, but still isn’t a good idea

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Meet the Guest

Katenna Jones

Katenna Jones accidentally discovered her career as a volunteer dog walker in 1999 and went on to earn a master’s from Brown University where she studied animal behavior, learning and cognition. Eventually, Katenna became a Cruelty Investigator, worked for American Humane Association, and also worked for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Through Jones Animal Behavior, she now provides cat and dog behavior consulting and educational services to pet owners, rescues and various pet professionals around the world. Her current passion is speaking. She is a published author, and is an Associated Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, Certified Cat and Dog Behavior Consultant, and Certified Fear Free Trainer. Katenna shares her Rhode Island home with two cats, five chickens, and the random foster pet. 

Meet the Hosts

Allie pic with Oso

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA

Allie Bender is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed, and a Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 2006 and professionally training since 2012. She is the founder and co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker.

While in the animal sheltering industry, Allie realized that her passion lied in helping pets with maladaptive behaviors. Specifically, she wanted to help prevent animals with rehabilitatable problems from being euthanized. She loves working with dogs and cats displaying stranger danger, resource guarding, and leash reactivity. Her favorite thing about working with pets and their people is seeing relationships grow and seeing harmonious households develop.


Emily Strong, CDBC, SBA

Emily Strong is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Shelter Behavior Affiliate. She has been in the animal welfare industry since 1990 and has been a behavior consultant since 2008. She is the co-owner of Pet Harmony, co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World, and a national speaker. 

Emily started working with animals at a young age and struggled with the notion that you have to hurt, scare, or intimidate animals to help them. When she discovered the behavior sciences and learned that it wasn’t necessary to do so– that we can care for emotional, mental, and physical health simultaneously– she plunged headfirst into animal behavior. Emily loves helping current and prospective behavior professionals and working with pet parents through our in-depth services. She enjoys working with all species.

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