Meet Your Trainer

Misty Hampton

I have always had a soft spot for misunderstood creatures. Cats are among the most popular pets and, yet, they seem mysterious and are often misunderstood. 

My journey to becoming a cat behavior consultant started 7 years ago when a friend asked me if I knew anyone who wanted a kitten. She showed me a picture of a fluffy orange kitten, and I fell in love. Two weeks later, I brought home Linus. Over the next three years, we adopted more kittens into our family. Now, we have five cats: Linus, Jasper, Abigail, Pearl, and Piper.

I treated Linus the way my family did our childhood cat, but I soon learned that the traditional methods I had learned – spraying him with a squirt bottle, for instance – didn’t work. He became defensively aggressive. On the other hand, Pearl was still very fearful of being picked up. I realized then that there had to be a better way of interacting with cats.

Since then, I have made it my mission to enrich the lives of people and pets by making training more accessible. I aim to use the least invasive methods that are effective for changing behavior. Learn more about my approach here.

Training Partners


Linus likes to be around people. He enjoys petting on his terms: three or four chin scratches is just right! 


If your cat bites during petting and does not tolerate restraint, Linus can show you some alternatives.


Jasper favorite pastime is foraging for snacks.


Jasper does demos for cooperative care procedures, introductions, and managing cat-cat aggression. If your cat seems anxious in new situations and doesn’t get along well with other cats, Jasper can help.


Pearl loves treats, and is always eager for training!


If your cat seems nervous around unfamiliar people and with handling, Pearl can show you some games to boost your cat’s confidence.


Abigail enjoys snuggling on the couch during movie night. 


Abigail can help you learn how you can read your cat’s body language and understand when your cat wants to be picked up, and how they like to be petted.


Piper was exposed to a wide variety of positive experiences when she was young. As a result, she’s not afraid to try new things. 


Piper does demos for introductions and carrier training.