Once again we’ve ended up writing such a long blog post, that it became an article in its own right!
We have reviewed SIX of the best books about cat behaviour, and put the article HERE. We’d love to hear from anyone who found these books interesting or useful, and definitely let us know if you think we have missed a good book out!
Everyone should watch this, whether they have lived with cats their whole life, are new cat owners, or want their children to understand why a cat behaves in a particular way…3 minutes VERY well spent!
Well, we started writing you a post about this, but it became so long and interesting, that we made it into an article! Read the full article here.
In a nut-shell, we look at compulsive behaviours in cats, and wool-sucking as an example. We look at suspected causes and suggested solutions. We hark on about feeding and environmental enrichment a bit more, too!
So, what is wool-sucking? Here’s an example of a Siamese cat sucking its tail – it’s cute, but is a variation on the wool-sucking behaviour so also evidence of an interesting feline behaviour…
Although recruitment of kittens onto this project has now closed, over 2000 kittens are now registered on the study, which aims to follow cats throughout their lives and learn about the effects of breed, management and behaviour on conditions and characteristics of cats. It’s the feline equivalent of “Children of the 90’s”!
We’re pretty chuffed to come across these…Tailored walking jackets for cats, hand-made by a small UK company to your cat’s measurements, double-sided reversible material, secured by velcro on wide comfortable straps. We think they’re an absolute bargain!
The owner of this company is also, to our knowledge, one of the ONLY people in the UK designing (and ultimately making) a running wheel for cats…we await news of the final design and the product being open to orders, so we’ll keep you posted!
Rob Laidlaw has spent his life working with animals and wildlife protection, and has written a number of books on animal issues, aimed at children. A perfect balance between the sometimes tough ‘real-life’ aspects of animals’ lives, and the enjoyable and positive aspects of their lives, whether they be owned, rescued or feral. ‘Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends’ promises to be as awesome as his previous books – pre-order now to avoid disappointment or delay, this book comes out in March 2014.
Following our post about John Bradshaw’s new book, ‘Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet’, here is an interesting interview with the author, in which he explains why cats behave differently towards us compared to dogs, and why it’s such an honour to have a cat rub against your legs. Of course we all knew that already!
‘Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet’, by John Bradshaw (to give it the full name), has been widely and, for the most part, well reviewed. It is refreshing to read a book that looks at the ‘why’ aspect of cat ownership – why cats do particular behaviours, and show particular traits. It is written by a British author, and so assumes the subject is a free-roaming cat with outdoor access, and the book does discuss aspects of cat breeding, while not directing advocating it. You are not necessarily going to understand an individual cat’s behavioural problems by reading this book (those by Vicky Halls are better for this), but you will be better able to understand your cat in general, and what makes it the cat it is. A must-read for any cat lover!