TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › I realized it!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

I realized it!

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
I finally decieded what I want to be when I grow up! A feline behaviorlist!

What do you think? Any info about this?
post #2 of 18
Anne could probably advise you. After your adventures with Caesar, maybe you could concentrate on animal behavior, rather than just that of felines.
post #3 of 18
Wow, I've never heard of that sort of work before! What sort of things would you do if that was your job???
Laurel
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jcat
Anne could probably advise you. After your adventures with Caesar, maybe you could concentrate on animal behavior, rather than just that of felines.

Thank you. I wanted to do feline behavior, because I understand cats best.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Laurelism
Wow, I've never heard of that sort of work before! What sort of things would you do if that was your job???
Laurel

Help people if their cats have behavior problems, help out stressed out cats, training, that kind of thing.
post #6 of 18
Jenny, that sounds like a interesting career choice! Good luck!!
post #7 of 18
that does sound like a very interesting job.

I think the best way to find what out what to do with your life is think about what you would do if you didn't have to worry about making money... and then try to make a living out of it. It seems to be what you're doing. Good for you!!

I don't think there are any "feline behaviorist" degrees out there... but you could always study to be a vet, or study biology and specialize in animal behavior.
If you don't mind the years of university, I would suggest doing graduate studies (Masters degree or PhD). Undergraduate work is an important basis but in graduate school, you can more or less study what interests you (as long as you can get a university interested in paying you for it). Or that's what I'm told. I haven't actually been to grad school (yet!)

Most important thing would be to get lots of experience working with cats. (maybe volunteer in a shelter and eventually work with problem cats?? or even fostering problem cats to "rehabilitate" them?)

Good luck!!
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I know there are behavorists, because there are for dogs, so there would be for all animals. Also, I saw a few ads for them, and I know you need a degree. I'm still looking into it.
post #9 of 18
I think it's a wonderful choice! BTW, I found this explanation:

What Education or Training is Needed for a Career in Animal Behavior?
\t

Most scientists directly involved in the study of animal behavior work in one of four broad fields: ethology, comparative psychology, behavioral ecology, or sociobiology. These disciplines overlap greatly in their goals, interests, and methods. However, psychologists and ethologists are primarily concerned with the regulation and functions of behavior, while behavioral ecologists focus on how behavioral patterns relate to social and environmental conditions. Ethologists and behavioral ecologists are usually trained in departments of biology, zoology, ecology and evolution, entomology, wildlife, or other life sciences. Most comparative psychologists are trained in psychology departments. Animal behaviorists specializing in the study of human behavior are usually trained in anthropology, psychology, or sociology departments.



Some jobs in animal behavior only require a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor's of Science (B.S.) degree. However, most careers in animal behavior require advanced degrees, sometimes a Master of Arts or of Science (M.A. or M.S.), but usually a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.). Earning advanced degrees requires a very good undergraduate background, a strong academic record, lots of motivation, and hard work.
post #10 of 18
Thread Starter 
Sounds tiring. If it doesn't work out, I certainly will have a job involving animals. Thanks for the article, Yayi.
post #11 of 18
yay! Its always nice to see when someone can make a decision about things like this..

I am juggling between writing, using spanish for types of jobs, working with animals, working with computers.....

I thought about being a zookeeper... reliving the memories around the summer I voulenteered at the local zoo makes me want to be one even more.

And if nothing else, I have computers/spanish I could go to... everyone needs things typed up!
post #12 of 18
Good for you Jenny!

I worked out what I would like to be when I'm older too, an Enviromental Health and Safety Officer.
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone!

That sounds great, Sam.
post #14 of 18
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ilovecats
That sounds great, Sam.
Thanks Jenny! I don't know if I want a huge student loan on my back though!
post #15 of 18
When you get the training for "A feline behaviorlist!" you can come study my cats, I have enough of them to keep you busy for a bit and they are all crazy
post #16 of 18
you should really study psychology if you can in highschool, i did it last year and it was soo awsome but its hard IMO
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thank you!
post #18 of 18
I've met a few people over the course of doing my Bachelor's of Science in Psychology who were planning on dealing with animal behavior. I would definitely suggest going on to grad school if you can as that will open up a whole world of opportunity that having only a bachelor's could never do. Just do a whole lot of research on it and pick a school you think will really work well for you. You can definitely do it, so good luck!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: The Cat Lounge
TheCatSite.com › Forums › General Forums › The Cat Lounge › I realized it!