Cats are mysterious creatures and sometimes their behavior stymies us, because we don't always understand that "behavior problems" are often just our cats' way of "shouting out" their needs. Professional cat behaviorists have helped us with this understanding, and at least one book on cat behavior is a must in the library of every cat lover.
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The Cat Who Cried for Help, by Dr. Nicholas Dodman
Dr. Nicholas Dodman is a renowned feline behaviorist, and Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. His style of expertise comes through with compassionate caring, and you'll learn to appreciate the reasons for your kitty's behavior problems, as well as how to help her.
One of the most poignant, painful, and emotional topics in this book have to do with the declawing of cats. I consider it a must-read for anyone and everyone who is even... slightly considering this inhumane practice.
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Think Like a Cat by Pam Johnson Bennett
Pam Johnson-Bennett is a noted feline behaviorist, and her success lies in the fact that she has really learned how to think like a cat, and she shares her knowledge here in a friendly, humorous style. "Think Like a Cat" runs the gamut, from how to choose your first cat to managing your elderly cat.
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ComPETability, by Amy Shojai
Amy has a natural talent which makes you feel, as you read her books, as if she is your friend sitting in your kitchen, watching your cats at play, while talking about their individual idiosyncrasies.
Amy has written a number of books about almost every cat and dog topic you could wish for. I chose this particular one because, since I currently have seven cats to account to and for, our behavior concerns ratio is much higher than someone with only one or two cats. Here are just a few topics... Amy covers in this book:
- Stop cat bites
- Settle disputes cat territory squabbles
- Solve hit and miss litter box problems
- Cure cat scratching with scratching post training
- Reduce bullying behavior
- Learn proper cat introduction techniques
- Solve common pet peeves: meowing, cat clawing, kitty countertop cruising, feline door dashing and more!
- Understand weird cat behaviors and cat facts: feline phone attraction, kitty mirror fear, "elevator butt" and cat toilet pests
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Cat Sense, by John Bradshaw
From my Review of Cat Sense:
Cat Sense, by John Bradshaw, is a thorough analysis of cats, going back to ancient history, studying our present cats, then burrowing through the years ahead to Bradshaw's pessimistic predictions of the possible future of cats.
In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to dispel the myths and explain the true nature of our feline friends. If... we’re to live in harmony with our cats, Bradshaw explains, we first need to understand their inherited quirks: understanding their body language, keeping their environments—however small—sufficiently interesting, and becoming more proactive in managing both their natural hunting instincts and their relationships with other cats.
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The Nine Emotional Lives of Cats: A Journey Into the Feline Heart
The wonderful thing about Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson's book, is that he actually studied his own cats while also researching elsewhere, from history, behavioral research by others, and true stories of both cat lovers and cat experts around the world.
I, myself, have learned more about their behavior by observing my cats for an afternoon, than I could by reading a 300 page book. However, one can always learn from other folks' experiences, and that was certainly true with this book too.