The Cat Behavior Answer Book

The Cat Behavior Answer Book

Practical Insights & Proven Solutions for your Feline Questions

eBook - 2007
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Cats can be difficult to understand. They often seem secretive, aloof, and maddeningly independent. But they also earn deep love and devotion from millions of cat owners who cherish that incomparable feline spirit. For cat lovers everywhere, pet expert Arden Moore explores cat behavior in an inviting, browsable Q&A format. She answers the questions that come up again and again among devoted cat owners, opening an intriguing window on the feline brain and physiology. How, for example, can a cat in deep sleep three rooms away from the kitchen come zooming in within seconds of the refrigerator door opening? It's not just instinct. Cats really do have amazing hearing. Their ears are perfectly designed to pick up more sound vibrations and at higher frequencies than either humans or even dogs. And what does it mean when a cat's tail swishes slowly from side to side? That cat is probably getting ready to pounce on a mouseeither a toy or the real thing. Tail swishing is part of the cat's predatory positioning. In addition to explaining why cats do what they do, Moore shows readers how to prevent many common feline problems. Her practical advice and workable solutions help cat owners work with their pets to banish bad litter box habits, nighttime howling, and destructive clawing. Even finicky eaters can become feline gourmands with a little gentle encouragement. There are hundreds of tiny quirks and kooky habits that make a cat a cat. This sturdy, fun-to-read handbook explains those catticisms and opens every cat lover's eyes to the complexity of feline behavior. To know them is to love them!
Publisher: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781603421799
1603421793
Branch Call Number: Internet Access
SF 446.5 M64c 2007
Characteristics: 1 online resource (x, 326 pages) :,illustrations (some color).

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Summerday18
Jan 22, 2018

If you know a reluctant reader with a short attention span, this book might get them interested in learning about cats, but be ready to rebut some bad advice. I rolled my eyes at some of the quirky section titles, like “Yuck! Hairballs!” and “Uh-oh, It’s Pill Time.” There is good advice on quite a few topics, but some of the advice was troubling. One section explains how to train your cat to use a human toilet (p. 191), which takes away from natural behaviours and can leave cats acting out in other ways. Shrinking a cat’s territory was given as an approach to deal with feces on the carpet, an approach that would have caused the cat stress and could have easily backfired (p. 184). Declawing a cat, while not recommended, is said to be an alternative in some cases (p. 255). We now know that declawing is very painful for cats and results in behaviour problems like litter box avoidance. The cruel procedure has been banned in Nova Scotia effective March 15, 2018, is banned in some European countries, and should be banned everywhere. Perhaps awareness is growing since the book was published in 2007.

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