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!
Oxford Scientific Films are making a documentary about cats for ITV1 and are looking for some truly incredible and inspiring stories to demonstrate just how amazing cats are.
It could be that you have an exceptional tale of survival or a unique bond, or perhaps your cat has a special talent. If you have stories you would like to share, we would love to hear from you!
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…
We’ve been harking on about feeding enrichment for your cat for a while now, and here’s proof that it doesn’t need to be expensive – in fact you don’t need to buy anything to be able to feed your cat in a fun and entertaining way, as this video proves. Incidently we notice that this video shows a ‘double’ food-and-water bowl, which we do not recommend – cats prefer to eat and drink in separate places. Fussy felines….
This video shows some interesting behaviour on the part of both cat and squirrel. Apparently the squirrel was raised by the family then went off to live his own squirrel-life, only to return occasionally for some play time with his feline chum! Amazing…!
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”!
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!