Practical Feline Behaviour

Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare

August 2018
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  • Published
    14th August 2018
  • ISBN 9781780647838
  • Language English
  • Pages 286 pp.
  • Size 7.5" x 9.625"
  • Images line illus
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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, and 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


Trudi Atkinson

Trudi Atkinson qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1986 and attained her postgraduate diploma at the University of Southampton in 1999. In July of the same year she was accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behavior Counsellors (APBC) and in 2000 left veterinary practice to start her own behavior referral practice covering the South West of England. In 2004, she achieved accreditation as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviorist (CCAB) under the scheme run by the Association for the Study of Animal Behavior (ASAB). In early 2016, she started to specialize solely in feline behavior and has presented talks on feline behavior and companion animal behavior in general for organizations including: APBC, British Veterinary Behavior Association (BVBA), British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the Centre for Animal Welfare (CAW). Trudi has served on the general committee for the Companion Animals Behavior Therapy Study Group (now BVBA) and on the selection committee for APBC. Trudi contributes to, and is an examiner for, the International Society of Feline Medicine (IFSM) Advanced Certificate in Feline Behavior. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant as recognized by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a full member of International Feline Behaviorists (IFB). Trudi has contributed to, and written books on the subject of cat behavior, her latest book is Practical Feline Behaviour.