Feline Behavior Solutions in the Press

Marci’s work with Feline Behavior Solutions has been the topic of many stories in the media, and Marci has been a source of cat behavior advice for various publications and articles.  Marci has also been in the news as a result of her volunteer work with Furry Friends, and two local Humane Societies.  Please see below for a complete listing of press and media exposure that Marci and Feline Behavior Solutions has received, divided into the below categories.  If you have any questions or would like to talk with Marci about a news story or interview, please contact Marci at 503-927-1107 or marci@felinebehaviorsolutions.com.

In-Person Events  •  News and Recognition  •  Quoted In…  •  Guest Articles  •  Interviews  •  Radio  •  TV and Movies  •  Product Videos


In-Person Events

COMING UP!  Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the Portland Pet Expo!  October 14-15, 2017 at the Portland Expo Center.  More details forthcoming!

COMING UP!  Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the Cat Fanciers Association’s International Cat Show!  November 18-19, 2017 at the Portland Expo Center.  Dr. Marci will bring her Spinning Wheel of Awesome Cat Prizes – what will you win this year?  More details forthcoming!

Past Events:

Free Feline Communication Workshop – Learn to speak cat beyond “meow”!  Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm at the Cascade Park Community Library in Vancouver, WA.  Do you ever wish your cat had thought bubbles over her head? Learning the language that your cats speak is easy if you know what to look for. Find out what your cats are telling you by learning about feline communication through body language, vocalizations, and olfactory cues. You’ll be speaking cat in no time!  Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions will present the workshop.

Feline Communication Free Class Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6-7:30 pm at the Camas Public Library, Camas, WA.  Do you ever wish your cat had thought bubbles over her head? Learning the language that your cats speak is easy if you know what to look for. Find out what your cats are telling you by learning about feline communication through body language, vocalizations, and olfactory cues. You’ll be speaking cat in no time!  Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions presented this class, hosted by the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society.

Litterbox Purrvana Free Class February 1, 2017 at the Camas Public Library, Camas, WA at 6:00 pm.  Hosted by the West Columbia Gorge Humane Society, Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions talked about how you can best create a pleasant potty situation to keep your kitty “thinking inside the box”.

Cat Talk: Feline Communication Class at Purrington’s Cat Lounge (11-3-2016): Purrington’s Cat-Ucational Series Presents Marci Koski.  Dr. Marci Koski, from Feline Behavior Solutions, taught about what your kitty is saying through body language, vocalizations, and actions.  Be able to identify subtle signs of annoyance (before things escalate!), and recognize messages of love and affection.  If you want to improve the lines of communication between you and your cat, you won’t want to miss this presentation.

Dr. Marci Koski Featured Speaker at the Humane Society for Southwest Washington’s “Best Friends” Donor Group’s Annual Event (10-17-2016) Marci will be talking about how similar our companion kitties are to their wild relatives.  You might be surprised at how similar they are, especially since so many of us live with these small, carnivorous, well-armed, predatory (and cute, of course) beasties in our homes!

Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the Portland Pet Expo!  October 15-16, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center.  Marci will be giving a talk called “The Hilarious – and Not So Hilarious – Truth About Living with Cats” on the main entertainment stage on Saturday at 12:40 pm.

Feline Body Language by Dr. Marci presented to the Clark County 4H Cat Club youths at the Clark County Fair on August 5, 2016.

Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the NW Pet Fair!  April 23-24, 2016 at the Portland Expo Center.

Guest Lecture by Marci Koski:  Thinking Inside the Box – You Too Can Achieve Litterbox Purrvana! for Animal Community Talks (3-20-2016)  “Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions is among a growing number of professionals in this field stepping up to help cats and humans get to know each other a little better.  She shared with us her advice and experience in dealing with feline litterbox behavior, including a detailed discussion about what cats do and do not need or like about their bathroom areas, and a hands-on comparison of common litters.”… Follow the above link to watch a video of her presentation.

Visit Dr. Marci’s Feline Behavior Solutions Booth at the Portland Pet Expo!  October 10, 2015 at the Portland Expo Center.  Marci will also be giving a presentation on how to keep your cat “Thinking Inside the Box” on our entertainment stage in the afternoon.

Litterbox Purrvana Class at Purrington’s Cat Lounge (9-18-2015): Join us for a very special tea party on Friday, Sept. 18 at 6:30 pm! Dr. Marci Koski from Feline Behavior Solutions will be sharing her secrets for creating a “Litterbox Purrvana” for your cats – learn how to prevent “outside the box” accidents before they start. You’ll also enjoy complimentary tea and a special cake, just for the occasion! You will also get to take home an ultra-dapper hand-sewn kitty bow-tie FREE, which is suitable for your cat’s own tea parties!

News and Recognition

Marci Koski nominated as a finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year in the Advocate Category (8-1-2017)  One finalist will be chosen from five categories – advocate, corporate, entrepreneur, rising star and solopreneur—and one woman from those five will be chosen as Women in the Pet Industry’s Pet Industry Woman of the Year.  Marci Koski is a finalist in the Advocate category based on her work she’s done to keep cats in homes and out of shelters.  The winners will be announced at the WIPIN annual conference on September 26, 2017.

16 Cat Blogs to Follow if Your Kids Love Cats by BestForTheKids.com (5-11-2017)  Marci Koski’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was included as one of the top 16 blogs to follow if you are a parent of kids who love cats.  “It took us more than 3 weeks to come up with this list of carefully vetted cat blogs that had to go through several filters before being considered useful for parents who’d like to know about cats mainly because their kids love them.”…

Top 45 Cat Blogs by 10Greatest.com (1-9-2017) Marci Koski’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of 10Greatest.com’s top cat blogs. “The blogs are not meant to make money alone but with a deep drive of educating pet owners on how to treat and relate with cats and rescue the ones that are homeless.”…

Top 100 Cat Blogs Every Cat Lover Must Read by FeedSpot.com (11-2-2016) Marci Koski’s Feline Behavior Solutions blog was recognized as one of the Top 100 Cat Blogs using searches and social metrics as calculated by FeedSpot…

Top 50 Cat Bloggers by ThoroughlyReviewed.com (10-27-2016) Marci Koski was recognized as one of the Top 50 Cat Bloggers. “We wanted to take a moment and recognize bloggers who are passionate about our feline friends and who are producing great content on their blogs. Take a look at our Top 50 Cat Bloggers. Congratulations to our winners. The list is in alphabetical order.”…

Local Shelter Receives Money From Amazing Acro-Cats, by The Columbian daily newspaper (7-13-2016) “Furry Friends volunteer Marci Koski and one of the Amazing Acro-Cats at the Portland show for the traveling circus troupe, which donated $920 to the Vancouver-based shelter.”  Marci helped coordinate volunteers from Furry Friends and House of Dreams to help out with the Acro-Cats when they came to Portland!  Each of the organizations received over $1100 apiece, including merchandise sales and audience donations…

WIPIN Announces Finalists for Pet Industry Woman of the Year, by Pet Product News (6-20-2016) “During the organization’s annual conference, held this year Sept. 19-21 at Embassy Suites Portland Airport in Portland, one finalist will be chosen from five categories—advocate, corporate, entrepreneur, rising star and solopreneur—and one woman from those five will be chosen as WIPIN’s Pet Industry Woman of the Year.” Marci Koski is a finalist in the Advocate category based on her work she’s done to keep cats in homes and out of shelters…

Non-Profits Updates: Furry Friends featured in SW Washington’s Human Services Council Volunteer Connections Newsletter (3-2-2016) “Dr. Marci Koski has been appointed to the executive committee of Furry Friends as director of social media. Marci is passionate about animal welfare and has volunteered with Furry Friends since April 2014. At Furry Friends, Marci socializes the cats, cleans the halfway house, wrangles cats for zombie movies, and leads the social media team.”…

Washington Cat Shelter Destroyed by Landslide featured in Spot Magazine (2-1-2016) “Shortly before Christmas while the Day family was sleeping, there was a loud boom. Turns out their entire front yard slid down the hill in a landslide. Their house was barely spared from following down the hill. They were ordered to evacuate and the house and cat shelter were considered a total loss.”…

New leadership team announced at Furry Friends featured in The Reflector (12-2-2015) “A new leadership team was recently announced at Furry Friends, a cat adoption agency in Vancouver… Dr. Marci Koski has been appointed to the executive committee of Furry Friends as director of social media. Marci is passionate about animal welfare and has been a volunteer with Furry Friends since April 2014. As a Furry Friends volunteer, she socializes the cats, cleans the halfway house, wrangles cats for zombie movies, and leads the social media team.”…

Furry Friends Announces New Appointments featured in the Daily Insider (10-20-2015) “Furry Friends, a nonprofit, no-kill, all-volunteer organization cat shelter in Clark County, has announced new appointments…Dr. Marci Koski has been appointed to the Executive Committee of Furry Friends as Director of Social Media. Koski has been a volunteer with Furry Friends since April 2014. She has previously volunteered with the Humane Society for Southwest Washington, and is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Specialist.”…

Quoted In…

5 Myths About Senior Cats Debunked by John Gilpatrick for PetMD.com (June 2017).  Koski was interviewed extensively for this article about senior cats. “Kittens often get all the glory, but senior cats make wonderful pets, too. Just ask Marci Koski, a certified feline behavior and training consultant and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions in Washington State. She’s had her cat, Jesse, since he was 3. He’s now 18, but Koski wouldn’t change that for anything.”  Read the full interview here.

How to Get a Cat to Like You: 6 Easy Tips, by Maura McAndrew for PawCulture.com (5-10-2017).  Koski was interviewed extensively for this article about how to win the trust of a cat. “When I meet a new cat, the first thing I’ll do is crouch down and greet the cat on her level,” she says. “Making yourself smaller is less intimidating.” Koski also says it’s important to check your body language. “Direct eye contact can be considered intimidating or even aggressive,” she says. “Even body language that is directly focused on the cat may appear to be somewhat confrontational.”  Read the full interview here.

7 Places Your Cat is Probably Hiding, by John Kilpatrick for PawCulture.com (1-2016) Koski was quoted numerous times in this article about hiding behavior in cats. “Hiding behavior in cats is usually normal and mostly harmless, says Marci Koski, a certified feline behaviorist. “Cats are both predators and prey in the wild,” she says. “They are instinctively driven to hide when they are hunting prey and avoiding being prey for other predators.”…

16 Experts Reveal the Most Common Litterbox Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them), expert roundup by Anne Moss published on TheCatSite.com (11-14-2016) “Litterbox problems and litterbox avoidance are common complaints in our cat behavior forum, so we went to see what the experts think about this topic. We asked 16 leading cat experts what they thought were the common mistakes owners make when it comes to the litter box and what solutions they offer. We’re proud to bring you this collection of useful tips, based on thousands of cases these experts have dealt with over the years.”…

16 Top Cat Experts Share Tips for Dealing with Timid Cats, expert roundup by Anne Moss published on TheCatSite.com (9-6-2016) “Can you offer your one best tip for helping scaredy cats feel more comfortable and less afraid? These 16 leading cat experts agree it’s a slow process that takes time and patience on the owner’s part. Here are their tried-and-tested tips and advice, along with some touching and encouraging stories of shy cats that they worked with.”…

Cat Scene Investigator: Solve Your Cat’s Litter Box Mystery by Dusty Rainbolt (2016) Stupid Gravity Press, Lewisville, TX, 204 pp.  Quoted in Chapter 9 – Hurry up in there!  Potty Issues in the multipet home, p. 77.

Kittens 101 2017 Annual Magazine by Petcha (Volume 20). Quoted in the article “Litter Box Basics” by Dusty Rainbolt, p. 19.

Stressed-Out Pets: Natural Ways to Calm Fear and Anxiety, for Natural Awakenings by Sandra Murphy (5-18-2016) “Cats need exercise that mimics hunting; cats stare and plan, stalk or chase, pounce and grab,” says Marci Koski, certified by the Animal Behavior Institute and owner of Feline Behavior Solutions, in Vancouver, Washington. “An indoor cat’s prey drive can be met with interactive toys.” A place to climb or hide and a window with a view will help as will periodic playtime catching moving toys; with nothing to catch, a laser pointer’s red dots are frustrating for a cat and a potential danger to its eyes…

Guest Articles

Guest Post by Marci Koski:  5 Questions My Cats Had for Me on Answer Your Cat’s Question Day for We Love Our Pets (1-22-2017) “Every year on January 22, cats are given the opportunity to ask their people their most burning questions.  You know, stuff like “why do you need to cuddle me so much?” or “why can’t I have some of what you’re eating?” or “where did that red dot go, dang it???” Well, in our home it’s no different.  We have five cats, and all of them are quite varied in shape, size, and purrsonality.  And of course, they were all chomping at the bit to ask questions for Answer Your Cat’s Question Day.  So shall we get started?  Who’s up first?”…

Guest Post by Marci Koski:  Introducing a New Cat: Patience Makes Purrfect Pals! for Core Paws (6-1-2016)  “For feline aficionados, there is little more exciting than bringing home a new kitty. However, we’re also usually nervous about how our existing cats will react to the new housemate: will the new addition be considered a non-threatening playmate, or an interloper whom your cats will designate as a ‘mortal enemy who must be destroyed’? Like people, cats have different personalities and sometimes they have to learn how to get along (or at least tolerate each other) if they are going to live together long-term.”…

Guest Post by Marci Koski:  Outdoor Catios for Enrichment and Entertainment, for Lincoln Animal Ambassadors (3-22-2016)  “Catios have been all the rage lately, and if you’re not thinking about building one for your indoor kitty, she might be missing out on a great opportunity for enrichment and entertainment!  And because catios are easy to build, come in many sizes and price ranges, and are completely customizeable, there’s probably a catio out there that will suit both you and your cat purrfectly.”…

Marci Koski was a writer for The Columbian daily newspaper’s Cat Tales Blog.  She wrote articles from 11-4-2015 through 8-19-2016 and covered a range of topics concerning cat behavior, health, and welfare.  You can view all of her blog posts HERE.

9 Most Common Bad Kitty Behaviors Explained, featured on iheartcats.com (10-12-2015) “Ever wonder why your kitty does those naughty things? Marci Koski is a Certified Feline Behavior Specialist from the Portland, Oregon area who works with owners of cats with behavioral issues to figure out which biological/emotional need is not being met, and then developing a plan to help meet the kitties’ needs, thus ending the inappropriate behavior. Koski explained the 9 most common inappropriate behaviors and cats. If your cat is doing one or more of these things, contact a local certified feline behaviorist to help you tackle the problem.”…

Interviews (see also Radio, TV and Movies, below)

Helping your kitty (and you): Yes, it is possible to train your cat by Barry Finnemore of NW Boomer & Senior News (August 2017, p. 9) “Marci Koski is a certified cat behavior and training consultant who believes there’s always a logical reason for unwelcome cat behavior because they respond to their environment and the choices they’re given by their owners.”…

Interview with Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions by Lisa Fimberg of Petpav Online Pet Magazine (3-2-2017) “We were excited to spend some time talking to the wonderful and knowledgeable Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions.  She took some time to answer some important questions about cat behavior.”…

Marci Koski’s Feline Behavior Solutions business featured as a Top Service in the Top Women in the Pet Industry 2016 Winter Winners’ Magazine (12-21-2016) by Women in the Pet Industry. “Marci threw open the doors of Feline Behavior Solutions a little over two years ago, in November 2014. She said she didn’t know running a business would be so hard. “Oh my goodness, it’s rewarding, but I wear a lot of hats,” she said. The hats she wears during day range from bookkeeper to secretary, web developer, graphic designer, social media guru, video producer, writer, marketer, public relations manager and the REAL part of her job — cat behaviorist!”…

A Chat with a Cat Behaviorist, CUTEST INTERVIEW EVER by Lola and Sasha (and their human friend Zoe) of 2 Blogging Cats (10-16-2016) “We have been talking to Certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional Dr. Marci L. Koski!  She helps people with their cats or rather, helps cats with their people. Wink wink ;-).”…

Paying It Forward: Marci Koski, Volunteer Spotlight featured in Spot Magazine’s Kitty Corner Blog (6-1-2016) “I became involved with Furry Friends because I decided to start my own cat behavior consulting business, and needed to get my feline behavior certification.  The certification program required a certain number of field hours for experience, and I searched for just the right organization with which to volunteer.  I found Furry Friends and the rest is history!  I couldn’t have picked a better organization to work with – the people are incredibly dedicated, and each cat is special and unique.”…

Interview with our Favorite Feline Specialist, Marci Koski, of Feline Behavior Solutions! by Lisa Fimberg of Petpav Online Pet Magazine (11-21-2015) “The fabulous Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions, spent some time answering some important questions about cat behavior with us.  She is a real pro and had some great information for us cat lovers!”…

Working in Clark County: Marci Koski, Cat Behaviorist, by Kay Richardson for The Columbian daily newspaper (11-2-2015) “Please don’t call Marci Koski a “cat whisperer.” She says she doesn’t have any special talents that any cat owner cannot learn. She simply passes them along. “I love seeing how the relationships between cats and their people can be improved, or even completely rescued,” she says. “My mission is to keep cats in homes and out of shelters. If I can do this by educating cat guardians about how to resolve their cat’s behavior issues … I’ve helped improve the lives of both the cats and the people they live with”…

Radio

Keeping the Family Happy Together: Pets and Children  Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek all about how to prepare your pets for a new human family member (7-15-2017) “Pets can make a great addition to any family but it can be a bit of challenge for families caring for pets and children…we will learn more about how we can help our pets and children form stronger bonds and prevent them from performing behaviors that will upset them.”  Marci talked about making sure your cat is ready for a new baby or child in the third segment of the show.

How to Make Sure all Your Cats Get Along with Cat Behaviorist Marci Koski (7-3-2017) Robert Hudson of Pet Radio Show interviewed Marci about keeping the peace in multi-cat families.  Take a listen to this entertaining and informative interview to learn about decreasing resource competition, space time-sharing, and turning cat relationships around in your home!

Dr. Marci Koski – Feline Behavior Solutions Interview (1-2-2017) Peggy Hoyt of All My Children Wear Fur Coats and PetWill Radio interviewed Marci about her work as a cat behaviorist.  They covered topics ranging from common behavior problems to how to keep pets out of shelters, and the homeless pet problem.

The Scoop on Poop: Helping You Manage Your Fur Kids’ Bathroom Dooty Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek featuring pet bathroom products (12-10-2016) “It’s all about potty talk for today’s show. It’s something you have to deal with multiple times a day — your fur kid’s bathroom duty. If it’s a cat…it’s a litter box (hopefully) and there’s a lot to scoop out every day (again, hopefully). And if it’s a dog…well, you’ve got poop to scoop there, too. We’ve got some experts and pet parents on the show today to tell you about the latest and greatest products for managing (and cleaning up!) the doo-doo. Robotic litter boxes, litter that turns colors to help diagnose medical issues, a carpet cleaner that REALLY works, flushing dog toilets and more!”  Marci discussed a topic that everyone loves to hate: the litterbox (and potential solutions to simple scooping).

Stuff Yer Pets’ Stockings with Geeky Gifts!  Lorien Clemens hosted this episode of Pet Lover Geek all about techy pet gadgets (11-26-2016) “It’s time to start shopping, fellow pet loving geeks, and Pet Lover Geek has the inside scoop on the hottest and geekiest gifts for your fur kids! From toys to tools, from silly to serious, we’ll talk about the tech finds of the season for dogs and cats.”  Marci talked about some of the geekiest gifts for cats and their people.

Keep Cats In Home and Out of Shelters, Interview by Judy H. Wright on The Animal/Human Connection (10-29-2015) This weekly radio show is hosted by Judy H. Wright, and is a fun and feisty show that discusses the human-animal connection. There are lively interviews weekly with the best of animal experts–the people who love pets. Dr. Marci Koski is a Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist.  Her goal is to keep cats in homes and out of shelters or abandoned as the result of treatable behavior problems.  She loves working with cats and their people to educate pet guardians about the needs of their cats and how to meet them.

All Paws Pet Talk on Pet Talk Radio  (10-1-2015, 10-8-2015, 10-15-2015, 2-25-2016, and 10-20-2016) All Paws Pet Talk (Smart Animal Talk) is a national talk radio show directed to the millions of owners who are devoted to their pets and animals. Hosts are animal industry professionals covering various specialty topics and giving free pet behavior and medical advice.  Marci has appeared on the show several times with Host Deb Wolfe.  Audio files are forthcoming!

TV and Movies

Keep Your Pets Safe this Halloween, interview on Portland’s KATU Afternoon Live! show (10-31-2016)

Zombie Cats from Mars, Movie’s Chief Cat Handler (12-2014) Zombie Cats from Mars is a campy spin on classic sci-fi horror movies. The story involves three households, each facing their own problems, who become the victims of a Zombie Cat invasion.  The central character, Billy, plays the film’s hero. He aims to save his family, and the neighborhood from the Zombie Cats. Filming involved the use of live-action cats, as well as “realistic” puppet cats.  Marci Koski served as the chief cat handler, supervising and handling all live cats provided by Furry Friends no-kill cat rescue organization.  View an interview with Marci who talks about cat training and the Furry Friends cats, and watch trailers for ZCFM, HERE.

Product Videos

Posters for Cats: Dr. Marci Koski (12-19-2016) Inspurrational Posters for Cats!  “Mo & Ross travel to Vancouver, WA, Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions. What will a behavioral specialist think about Posters for Cats? Who is the cat of the month? What special surprise do Mo & Ross have in store? These questions and more are answered in this latest installment.”

Dr. Marci Koski’s Thoughts on Posters for Cats (12-21-2016) Inspurrational Posters for Cats!  “We had a great time hanging out with Dr. Marci Koski, owner of Feline Behavior Solutions. Here is what she has to say about Cat Posters!”

Dr. Marci Koski on Kittyo (12-13-2016) Kittyo Remote Cat Camera “Why do cats like Sam love Kittyo? It’s a great way for them to connect with their natural “Hunt, Eat, Groom, Sleep” cycle, explains Dr. Marci Koski of Feline Behavior Solutions. Watch to the end to see also how Kittyo has helped Sam with her comic timing.”Save

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