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Dr Sarah Ellis

Head of Cat Advocacy at International Cat Care

Sarah has a keen interest in the behaviour and welfare of the domestic cat. After completing a degree in Zoology and Psychology (University of Bristol, 2001) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (University of Southampton, 2006), Sarah specialised in cats and was awarded a PhD for investigating ways to improve the welfare of cats housed in rehoming centres.

Sarah spent several years at the University of Lincoln as a Research Scientist working on numerous projects including investigating novel ways to improve feline welfare, and furthering our understanding of feline behaviour and the cat-human relationship. In 2015, Sarah decided to concentrate on the application of research and joined International Cat Care as their Feline Behaviour Specialist to help develop their work in the areas of feline behaviour and welfare. In 2019, Sarah moved to the role of Head of Cat Advocacy within International Cat Care.

She also is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Lincoln where she remains involved in several feline related projects. Sarah has had numerous radio and TV appearances, covering many aspects of feline behaviour and welfare. She has published a NY Times Best-Selling book with John Bradshaw entitled The Trainable Cat which details how training can be used to improve cats’ well-being.