Practical Feline Behaviour
Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare
Practical Feline Behaviour contains all the relevant information that anyone involved with the care of house cats needs to understand to handle feline behavior and improve welfare.
There have been ground-breaking advances in our understanding of feline behavior in recent years and, to protect the welfare of cats, it is increasingly important that anyone involved with the care of cats, especially those in a professional capacity, keep up to date with these advances.
This approachable and down-to-earth text describes the internal and external influences on feline behavior; on communication, learning, social behavior; on the relationship between behavior and disease, and on the cat-human relationship. It also provides practical advice on how the welfare of cats in our care may be protected and how behavior problems should be addressed and how to avoid them.
In this book Trudi Atkinson draws on her extensive experience as a veterinary nurse and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviorist to provide a rapid reference and an intensely practical feline behavior resource for owners, breeders, veterinary professionals, shelter and cattery workers and anyone involved in the care of our feline companions.
Foreword by John Bradshaw
Part One – Feline Behaviour
1. The Origin and Evolution of the Domestic Cat
2. The Senses
3. Feline Communication
4. Social, Feeding and Predatory Behaviour
5. Kitten to Cat - Reproduction and the Behavioural Development of Kittens
6. Health and Behaviour
7. Learning, Training and Behaviour
Part Two – Handling in Practice
8. Advice for Breeders
9. Advice for Prospective Cat Owners
10. Advice for Cat Owners
11. Advice for Veterinary Professionals
12. Advice for Other Cat Carers