You would make a great Cat Behaviourist

Do you often wonder why your cat acts the way it does?

As a qualified cat behaviourist, our Behaviour Manager at Cats Protection knows a lot about cats' body language as well as why they do the things they do.

In this role, the focus is giving advice and support on feline behaviour – whether that means advising volunteers and staff working in our centres or helping the Media team to communicate cat welfare messages to the general public. 

  • Giving advice and support on feline behaviour cases. One of the main things a Cat Behaviourist is concerned with is how to educate cat owners, so they understand how to manage their cat’s stress levels
  • Creating resources such as The Behaviour Guide to advise volunteers and staff on how best to look after cats and meet their needs
  • Working with the Learning & Development team to develop programmes to enhance learning on cat behaviour
  • Approving all content that the charity releases from a behaviour point of view – this includes everything from video footage to articles in The Cat magazine

You’ll need a degree in animal behaviour or an equivalent professional qualification, as well as experience working professionally with cats. The ability to work under pressure and have the self-motivation to work on your own initiative is important too.

Cat behaviour! From ensuring that cats in our centres are well looked after to providing support to members of the public, this is a role that involves speaking to a range of people – as well as looking after cat welfare, of course!

What's the best thing about being a Cat Behaviourist?

Making a positive difference to a huge number of cats to improve their lives, not only in the UK, but even across the world! For example, the online behaviour course we developed has been accessed by people from most countries around the world.

Want to volunteer for Cats Protection?

Volunteering could be a great way to gain valuable experience in animal welfare. It could also give you the opportunity to try a range of different activities to see what you’d like to focus on in the future.


We’re lucky enough to have over 10,000 volunteers working across Cats Protection, focusing their efforts on every aspect of the organisation. From rehoming cats and looking after them in our centres and branches, to fundraising in our charity shops and running events across the country – they are integral to the work we do.

For many roles, you must be over the age of 18 to volunteer with Cats Protection. If you’re keen to learn more, head to our volunteering section or find your local branch to see how you can help them.