The cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that cats face
In the United States, one of the predominant reasons that owners abandon or give up their pets (often leading to euthanasia) is because of unwanted behaviors. Many have tried to instruct proper cat training, but this is the first book of its kind to provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying reasons for a cat’s problem behavior, the essential key to unlocking the best for your cat and avoiding pitfalls. Decoding Your Cat gives owners new insight on promoting their cat’s physical and psychological health and wellness and maintaining a long and fulfilling relationship together.
Written by the leading experts in cat behavior from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, with an introduction by animal expert Steve Dale, this book conveys the newest and best information on cat behavioral science in a fun, interesting, and understandable way. Together with anecdotes from real life situations and the science behind how cats relate to their world, Decoding Your Cat empowers owners to provide a home environment that is happy, safe, and functional, to identify and seek treatment for medical health problems, to understand how to deal with unwanted behaviors, and in general to help cats live longer and fuller lives.
In this savvy guide from members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, readers are nudged toward better understanding, and thus coexisting with, their feline companions. A chart in the first chapter interprets common emotional cues, from the set of cats' ears (semi-rotated outward, flattened, or relaxed) or their eyes (closed, gazing casually, or slowly blinking). The authors cover everything from temperament testing (not very successful for kittens, more so for adult cats) to, in the most fascinating section, enriching a bored cat's environment to negate bad behavior. Since cats like to view their surroundings from above, the authors suggest creating a raised perch placed safely above the human fray. And as cats are hunters by instinct, owners can provide food-dispensing toys that allow cats to "catch" their meals while working off excess energy. The book also covers auditory stimulation, artificial pheromones, creating play areas and DIY cat toys, and making sure the litter box gets used. Reading this highly informative book will be a good start on the road to making cats happier and more fulfilled at home.