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Demystifying Feline Behaviour

Demystifying Feline Behaviour is for anyone who wants to unravel the complexities of the cat’s mind and get to know them better. Drawing on up-to-date research, this book provides a unique insight in to feline behaviour and would be equally suitable as a guide book for feline professionals (e.g. veterinary teams, feline behaviour counsellors, caregivers in catteries and rescue) as it would for owners/ guardians that have an interest in learning more about their cat.

ISBN: 9781032171999

As well as deciphering their body-language and making sense of other feline communication signalling, it provides guidance on how to improve human-cat interactions and enhance relationships. The book also features a section on how to fulfil their species-specific needs –taking a look at how to provide the optimal home environment and carry out stress audits to help cats in catteries, veterinary hospitals or rescue settings.

Written by an experienced registered clinical animal behaviourist and qualified veterinary nurse, this book also covers a wide range of common behaviour problems through real-life case studies, , offering practical solutions and treatment plans for inappropriate toileting, aggression towards caregivers, inter-cat relationship problems and a host of other difficulties.

Helping to deal with distressing situations such as trips to the vets, being handled or when making changes to their routine at home is also covered along with practical tips and techniques to ensure they lead happy and enriched lives.

The book is divided into easy-to follow sections and includes infographics, tables, illustrations, case studies and easy-to-follow guides which means that the reader can dip in and out of it or read it all in one go.  

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Feline Facts

A few fascinating feline facts and snippets of information that will feature in the book…

  • The longer an object has been scratched, the more significant it is for the cat. So if it looks tatty don’t throw it out, at least not until a new object has been introduced and well used!
  • Cats sleep on and off for an average 12 to 18 hours a day. This is thought to be an adaptation that allows them to be fully rested and alert so they can escape from predators and to help them conserve energy for hunting.
  • Short bursts of grooming are commonly seen in cats after some conflict or arousal (e.g. in the middle of play). This is a displacement behaviour that, provided it is not excessive, is a normal part of the cats’ behaviour repertoire.
  • Getting an idea of a cat’s age in human years can be done by applying the following formula: The first two years of their life equates to 24 human years. Every year thereafter is equivalent to 4 human years. For example, a 17-year-old cat would be equivalent to an 84 year-old human”
  • Research has shown that providing a hiding box in a new shelter environment for the first weeks after arrival was important for enabling the cat to cope effectively with stressors (Vinke, C.M, Godijn, L.M, van der Leij, W.J.R. 2014).