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Gill Howarth

I currently live with two cats but have also lived with a variety of companion animals including dogs, rabbits, gerbils and hamsters. I have been involved as a volunteer with several animal charities and non-profit organisations and my volunteer work has included fostering cats and collecting data on the social behaviour of black bears. I have a BSc in Social Sciences and after studying several short courses on animal behaviour and ecology, I enrolled on the Masters in Anthrozoology with the University of Exeter graduating in 2015 with Distinction. My dissertation investigated soldiers adopting street dogs in a war zone.

My PhD research is exploring human-cat social interactions to understand some of the more unrecognised cat behaviours and the reasons for them, which despite their prevalence seem to remain broadly unnoticed.