About Me

Laura Cassiday, CCBC, ABCCT, FFCP

Hi! I’m Laura Cassiday. I’m a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant specializing in positive reinforcement-based cat training and behavior modification. After I earned my Master of Science in Professional Writing in 2017, I decided pretty quickly that I wanted to do literally anything else and ended up working at Maryland SPCA, first in the admissions department, then in the kennel, and finally in behavior.

Over the years, I realized that there were literally no resources for cat owners struggling with behavior problems (except of course, Dr. Google). Cats were ending up in the shelter over and over for issues that could have been easily resolved with a professional. The problem was that I was an overworked shelter employee… and there weren’t any professionals out there to send these cat owners to.

So I decided to launch Pawsitive Vibes in 2021, after working with “problem” cats and dogs in the shelter for several years. I was able to finally put my background in research and communication to use, eating up any information I could find about resolving behavior problems in cats to add to all the hands-on experience I had gained at the shelter.

During this time period, I became a certified cat trainer through Animal Behavior College and a Fear Free certified animal trainer, then finally earned the prestigious title of Certified Cat Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Not to brag (okay, yes I am), but, I’m currently one of only three of those in the state of Maryland. I told you there weren’t any professionals out there.

Lately, my dedication to feline welfare has branched heavily into larger picture motives, giving me the opportunity to be featured in numerous publications and media outlets, deliver an expert testimony with the House and the Senate for the Maryland Anti-Declaw Bill, and continue to work closely with cat rescues and shelters to help improve the lives of cats. I also published my first book in late 2021, The Complete Guide to Cat Adoption. You can find it on Amazon!

As a behavior consultant, my biggest priority is helping you come up with a plan to help your cat that is based in reality. It won’t be quick and it won’t be easy, but if you have 30 minutes a day, you can very likely be successful in improving quality of life for both you and your cat. I believe it’s extremely important to explain the why behind behavior so that you can put yourself into your cat’s paws and see where he’s coming from.

What do I do in my spare time? I’m like the girl in the viral YouTube video: “I’m sorry, I’m thinking about cats again.” I currently have eight cats: Dragon, Kiki, Juniper, Sunny, Ripley, Bean, Lennox, and Puff. And no, I don’t recommend it (although they do all get along for the most part). They take up a lot of my time and money. I also have my own pony, Oliver, who I dabble in positive reinforcement training with as well. Anyway, if you think you’d like to work with me, hop on over to the Contact page and let’s get started!

Memberships and Certifications:

Fear Free - Shelters and Animal Trainer Certified

Animal Behavior College - Certified Cat Trainer (ABCCT) ​

Pet Professional Guild (PPG) - Feline Training Professional and Feline Committee Member

International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) - Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC)

Cat Writers' Association - Professional Member