Class Act Cats is a feline behavior consultation service run by Certified Cat Behavior Consultant Joey Lusvardi based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I service the Twin Cities metro area including Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding suburbs, but am available for virtual consultations wherever you are!
I offer cat behavior help to reduce the stress and uncertainty that comes with having a cat with behavior concerns. I can help with a variety of behavior problems including:
My approach takes into account your cat's and your family's needs. If your cat isn't behaving their classiest, you have enough stress as is. We'll come up with a plan together that meets your needs and lifestyle. I'll be here to support you along the way, too!
If your cat is experiencing behavior issues caused by a medical problem, I can work with your veterinarian to support their treatment plan. From helping your cat take pills to helping your cat get into their carrier easily, I can teach you how to work with your cat to make your life (and your vet's!) much easier.
Joey has been featured in CNN, Insider, Mic, Rover, and more! Check out some of his media mentions on our media page.
Joey Lusvardi CCBC owns and operates Class Act Cats. He has always been an animal lover, but his passion for cats really took off when he adopted his first cat. To say his life was changed would be an understatement! After going through some of his own behavior challenges with his cat, Joey became interested in feline behavior. He decided in 2020 that he wanted to do something to help cats and their humans lead more harmonious lives. That's when the idea for Class Act Cats was born!
Joey is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant through International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and a professional member of the Cat Writers' Association . He completed the IAABC Foundation's comprehensive course on animal behavior consulting prior to starting Class Act Cats in 2021. He is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid through the Pet Emergency Academy, is a Cat Friendly Veterinary Professional, is Low Stress Handling® Certified- Silver Level, is an Elite Fear Free Certified Professional, and is a recipient of a certificate in Feline Inappropriate Elimination Management. Joey holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in physician assistant studies.
Outside of his work as a feline behavior consultant, Joey works as a psychiatric physcian assistant. Because of this, he has a particular interest in problem behaviors in cats who are emotional support animals.
Joey is the proud feline father of website cover model and Class Act Cats' Chief Purr Officer, Zoloft! Z came into Joey's life due to his former pet parent developing allergies. Z enjoys chicken, getting chin scratches, and stealing the office chair from Joey.
Besides cats, Joey enjoys making pottery, knitting, running, and growing (cat safe!) houseplants.
Class Act Cats wants to give back to cats in need and to those who help cats. We're a proud business partner of Mission Meow. Mission Meow's goal is to help raise funds for small, cat centric non-profits to make the world a better place for cats.
I am against declawing as a way to manage behavior problems in cats. Not only is it cruel, but in many cases it can CAUSE behavior problems rather than solve them. I do not recommend declawing your cat as a way to prevent scratching furniture or humans. If you are having trouble with scratching, get in contact and we’ll find a safer, more effective alternative!
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