Synopses & Reviews
Cats can be difficult to understand. They often seem secretive, aloof, and maddeningly independent. But they also earn deep love and devotion from millions of cat owners who cherish that incomparable feline spirit. For cat lovers everywhere, pet expert Arden Moore explores cat behavior in an inviting, browsable Q&A format. She answers the questions that come up again and again among devoted cat owners, opening an intriguing window on the feline brain and physiology.
How, for example, can a cat in deep sleep three rooms away from the kitchen come zooming in within seconds of the refrigerator door opening? It's not just instinct. Cats really do have amazing hearing. Their ears are perfectly designed to pick up more sound vibrations and at higher frequencies than either humans or even dogs. And what does it mean when a cat's tail swishes slowly from side to side? That cat is probably getting ready to pounce on a mouse either a toy or the real thing. Tail swishing is part of the cat's predatory positioning.
In addition to explaining why cats do what they do, Moore shows readers how to prevent many common feline problems. Her practical advice and workable solutions help cat owners work with their pets to banish bad litter box habits, nighttime howling, and destructive clawing. Even finicky eaters can become feline gourmands with a little gentle encouragement.
There are hundreds of tiny quirks and kooky habits that make a cat a cat. This sturdy, fun-to-read handbook explains those catticisms and opens every cat lover's eyes to the complexity of feline behavior. To know them is to love them!
For cat lovers everywhere, pet expert Moore explores cat behavior in an inviting, browsable Q&A format. She answers the questions that come up again and again among devoted cat owners, opening an intriguing window on the feline brain and physiology.
About the Author
Arden Moore is the author of 13 books on cats and dogs, including The Kitten Owner's Manual and The Dog Behavior Answer Book. She is a regular contributor to leading pet magazines, the managing editor of Fido Friendly magazine, and has appeared on CNN "Headline News," HGTV's "Smart Solutions," and Steve Dale's "Pet World" radio show.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Feeling Fine about Being Feline
Find out what makes a cat behave like a cat. Learn about feline senses, emotions, and instincts. Discover fascinating facts about cat intelligence, feral cats, and different breeds. Part 2: Chatting with Your Cat
Our cats often seem to be trying to tell us something, if only we could figure it out. Learn about the power of purring, unravel the mysteries of meows, and hone your "cat chat" skills. Part 3: Kitty Quirks and Funny Felines
Our furry companions have many peculiar habits. Find out what the deal is with chewing on plastic, climbing the curtains, playing with water, and much more. And what's the fuss about catnip, anyway? Part 4: Thinking Outside the Box
Litter box issues arise in most cat-owning households at some time or other and are often the most frustrating problem we face. Here are the facts about why cats avoid the box, and the solutions to a variety of situations. Part 5: The Basics of Chowing and Grooming
Most cats lead a life of luxury, spending much of their day nibbling at kibble, snoozing, and taking care of their shiny coats. Find out why cats spend so much time grooming themselves, learn how to tame a tubby tabby, and take in the finer points of cat care. Part 6: The Ins and Outs of Living with Cats
Indoors is safest, but even if your cat goes outside, learn how to make him the happiest feline on the block with tips on toys, creating a stimulating indoor environment, and traveling. Also, did you know you can teach an old cat new tricks?