The Cat Whisperer™ Mieshelle Nagelschneider is the Cat Behaviorist™ and New Host for the Television Show “My Cat From Hell” on Discovery Plus Channel. With over 125 million viewers internationally it’s the most watched cat behavior show in the world.
Mieshelle’s formal study of animal behavior include Oxford and Harvard University. (Photo): The Cat Whisperer on the Cover of Modern Cat Magazine. She is the Resident Cat Behaviorist and Featured Cat Behavior Writer for Modern Cat Magazine. Read The Cat Whisperer interview here.
The New York Times interview with Mieshelle Nagelschneider The Cat Whisperer, “It’s Cute, but This Cat Probably Wasn’t Feeding Its Toy Kittens“. Oxford-trained Cat Behavior Scientist Mieshelle Nagelschneider is the original Cat Whisperer™. She is the Acclaimed New York Times International Feline Behavior Science Author of the Book, The Cat Whisperer (with co-writer Cameron Powell).
Cat Whispering and Qualitative Behavior Analysis and “Herding” Cats
Read The Cat Whisperer interview on herding cats in her New York Post Interview. First off, this is Mieshelle’s trademarked term and she is the first to use the brand and trademarked term since 2008. Cat Whisperer™ does not mean something magical or describe a special way of communicating with a cat. Her knowledge base is scientific and the modalities she uses for changing a cat’s behavior or “Cat Whispering” include applying the science of genetics, animal psychology, evolutionary biology, physiology, and learning and memory. She studied Qualitative Behavior Analysis of animals through Oxford University (Dr Francoise Wemelsfelder) and this is the science behind how she “whispers” to a cat. What’s even more important to know is this kind of animal behavior observation can not only help understand cat behavior, but more importantly, assess a cat’s welfare in homes, shelters, zoos, and sanctuaries.
How did Mieshelle become The Cat Whisperer? Salon.com published the first interview with Mieshelle (2006) where she solved the writer’s aggressive cat issue that no one else could solve, “The cat whisperer”. If Mieshelle could solve the issue, the article would be published, but no one knew the writer was going to call Mieshelle, The Cat Whisperer, and this is how it all began.
Founder of the clinic, acclaimed New York Times international cat behavior science author published in 4 languages, Mieshelle Nagelschneider was the recipient of the Seattle Business Award for “People in the Field of Animal Behavior”, and the Golden Purr Award for her book contribution to the science of cat behavior. Read over 350 Solved Case Study Reviews.
What’s New with Mieshelle on National Geographic?
She is the cat behavior expert for several National Geographic documentaries including The Wild Side of Cats and several published works on the 37 species of wildcats including the domestic house cat (see list below). She is also the cat behavior expert for the National Geographic’s Animals Doing Things television show with Howie Mandel. Learn more about her formal study in animal behavior at Oxford University, The University of Edinburgh – The Royal School of Veterinary Studies, and her experience at Harvard University that has enabled her to help cat owners think more scientifically about their cat’s behavior. She has helped thousands of cat owners in the United States and in over 30 countries since 1999.
(Photo: Sand Cat kitten) National Geographic One-hour Documentary with Cat Whisperer, Mieshelle Nagelschneider (2010)
The Original “Cat Whisperer” Coining the Term
In addition to having the first cat-only behavior practice in the United States, Mieshelle was the first “Cat Whisperer” (also her trademarked term) and “Cat Behaviorist” coining both terms and paving the way for the cat behavior specialty. You can read The Cat Whisperer’s scientific explanation for New Republic, “Why Do Cats Run the Internet? A Scientific Explanation”. She is the founder and director of The Cat Behavior Clinic and has helped thousands of cat owners since 1999 solve their cat’s behavior issue. Her formal university study in animal behavior has enabled her to solve some of the most “perplexing” cat behavior issues and help cat owners think more scientifically about their cat. Along with her book, she also created the first cats exclusively behavior product website, Cat Whisperer Products, for cat owners focusing on solving behavior issues.
Veterinarian testimonial for Mieshelle: “Over the course of many years, Mieshelle has developed and refined her unique ability to think like a cat. On numerous occasions I have witnessed the life-changing benefits Mieshelle’s techniques can bring to cats and their sometimes very frustrated owners.” Dr. James R. Shultz DVM
In addition to solving your cat’s behavior issue, she will show you how feline evolutionary biology, internal factors and external factors play a role in your cat’s behavior Issue.
The first “Cat Whisperer” in the United States and Author of The Cat Whisperer, Random House Publishing.
Around the World with The Cat Whisperer as Author, Brand Spokesperson, Cat Advocate and Welfarist
Mieshelle is considered a pioneer of the cat behavior specialty and is the world’s most renowned and sought-after cat behaviorist. Featured in the New York Times, her cat behavior book was published by Random House Publishing in 4 languages. In addition to being the first scholarly-cited cat behavior book for cat owners, her book is also required textbook curriculum for cat behavior certifying organizations used to certify cat behaviorists and veterinarians you see today. Considered the cat behavior bible for cat owners, the book is still the most complete and up-to-date cat behavior book today.
Mieshelle is the new host for the television show, My Cat from Hell, with Discovery Plus. It is now the most watched cat behavior show in the world with over 125 million viewers internationally. You can also watch her as the cat behavior expert for Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things on National Geographic, Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats guest starring as “The Cat Whisperer”, NBC Dateline’s “The Secret Lives of Cats and Dogs”, The Today Show, National Geographic one-hour documentary “The Wild Side of Cats” and guest starred as The Cat Whisperer on MTV, and was the long time spokesperson for Arm & Hammer Litter as The Cat Whisperer and Cat Behavior Expert and the Cat Behavior Expert for Comfort Zone. She has traveled the globe from the Philippines to Australia as a spokesperson and cat expert for the major cat brands including Purina, Whiskas, and Arm & Hammer Cat Litter.
National Geographic Editor Reviews
“The reason people are so mesmerized by house cats is because they are truly miniature versions of lions, tigers, and leopards. In her book The Cat Whisperer, Mieshelle Nagelschneider explains the behavior of the house cat in an unprecedented and most accessible way, offering unique insight into the often misunderstood companion animal that is as wild as we have become civilized.”—Jordan Carlton Schaul, Ph.D., contributing editor, National Geographic, and curator, Orange County Zoo
Cat Whisperer Resource List of Cat Documentaries, Published Works and International Media Tours
Other National Geographic Works with Mieshelle Nagelschneider, The Cat Whisperer.
Mieshelle’s book, The Cat Whisperer, is also published in German and Polish (Random House Publishing).
Mieshelle’s cat behavior science book, The Cat Whisperer, is also published in Hungarian.
Latest for National Geographic: With the help of veterinarian Dr. Gary Weitzman and cat behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider, kids will learn how to understand their cat’s behavior.
National Geographic Animals Doing Things with Howie Mandel and Cat Behaviorist Mieshelle Nagelschneider.
Cat Behavior Veterinarian International Lecturer
In addition to being the spokesperson for Arm & Hammer Cat Litter and was the Cat Behaviorist Expert Panel for Comfort Zone Pheromone products in 2018, Mieshelle frequently lectures at veterinary conventions and around the world at animal welfare events as the keynote speaker and expert cat behaviorist. Her most recent lecture was for the International Behavior Education Convention for the Humane Society/SPCA in Toronto, Canada and as the International Cat Behavior Expert for Whiskas in Australia.
In four decades of living with cats, training them, studying them, treating them as a veterinary assistant, listening to them (even more valuable than “whispering” to them) and of course consulting on their unwanted behaviors for over 2 decades, she has helped thousands of cats and their owners around the world, live happier and healthier lives.
Cat Welfarist for Best Friend Animal Society, The Paw Project and the Today Show with Hoda
When Best Friends Animal Society needed a cat behaviorist to be the voice for shelter felines needing homes, they enlisted Mieshelle’s help. She continues to tour the globe educating cat owners on cat behavior and welfare and elevating the status of the cat from Australia to the Philippines. She is sought out, hired, and referred by veterinarians around the U.S., cat shelters, and wild-cat sanctuaries. She studied animal psychology at Oxford which included study research, reviewing study research reviews, writing and creating studies, and also writing about how to conduct a study. When Hammacher Schlemmer needed a cat expert to test and review over a half-dozen advanced litter-box technologies and also perching and resting areas for cats, they came to Mieshelle. As an anti-declaw advocate, she has spoke for Dr. Jenny Conrad and The Paw Project movie release on the Today Show and other events and helped save cat’s lives speaking at the NKLA events in L.A. as The Cat Whisperer.
Team Cat Whisperer in Costa Rica Wildcat Census Study
With Team Cat Whisperer, she has studied the foraging habits of 6 species of wildcats with a team of 20 biologists in a private cloud forest reserve in Costa Rica. The 3 week observations of these 6 wildcat species that are native there will become a part of her second upcoming book sequel to, The Cat Whisperer.
She has worked with thousands of cat owners and many vets, and of those clients who follow her recommendations, including her proprietary C.A.T. Plan™, have helped save thousands of cats’ lives each year since 1999.
Media Tour for Arm & Hammer Litter Cat Behavior – Parent Magazine Live in Toronto, Canada – Preventing Feline Behavior Issues.
Mieshelle’s science-based Cat Whisperer book published in 4 languages has been sought out by and expertise featured on Nat Geo Wild, The Today Show, Animal Planet, Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family Show, Reader’s Digest, Parent Magazine, Whiskas live forum, Martha Stewart Radio, The New York Times, Yahoo, LIFE, New York Post, NBS Dateline, Boston Globe, Arm & Hammer litter, Comfort Zone, Lifehacker, Catster, MTV, The Dodo, Modern Cat Magazine, Pawnation, Animal Aid, Cat Fancy Magazine, USA Today, Fox, This Wild Life, Pet 360.com, Animal Rescue Site, Free Kibble Kat, The Divine Cat, Real Simple Magazine, Salon.com, Petside, New Republic, Best Friends Animal Society, NKLA, Stray Cat Alliance, The Daily Cat, The Washingtonian, The Toronto Star, The Sunrise Show, The Circle, and many others. See our Media Room for the latest.
Mieshelle is a popular resource for many cat-only veterinary practices nationwide, over 40 wild cat sanctuaries, and countless animal shelters needing expert advice on feline behavior.
Mieshelle is founder and director of The Cat Behavior Clinic and has spent 25 years working professionally with cats of all kinds — from domestic cats to large exotics of the tiger family.
For Comfort Zone Cat Panel Expert and Spokesperson
Oh, and Nagelschneider is her real name — it’s German for “nail clipper,” and we’re not making that up. She’s also known for her uncanny ability to trim cats’ nails without needing to restrain them (hint: it’s one of the reasons she is an expert at this).