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The Cat Behavior Answer Book

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by Arden Moore

The mysteries of your feline friend’s thoughts and actions are finally revealed in Workman Publishing The Cat Behavior Answer Book. Cats are lovable, funny, attentive listeners, and wonderfully cuddly. They can also be tenacious, persnickety and maddeningly aloof.

Why in the World Did That Cat Do That?

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by Peter Scottsdale

Do you long to know why your kitty did something strange, perplexing or wonderful? In this book, you will discover the answers to the most asked “Why?” questions about cats. In a simple question and answer format, the secretive feline is revealed. You can get a deeper understanding of your kitty with the reasons found inside.

CatWise: America's Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions

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by Pam Johnson-Bennett

Top feline behavior expert Pam Johnson-Bennett answers the 150 questions most often asked by puzzled cat owners.

No one knows cats like Pam Johnson Bennett, whose pioneering thirty-year career  as a cat behavior consultant has changed the way cat owners and experts alike view cats. Her books are bibles, but her fans and owners still flood her website and social media platforms with questions on topics that perplex them. 

The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

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by Mieshelle Nagelschneider

Just when you thought you reached the end of your ball of twine, one of America's most popular cat behaviorists comes to the rescue with the The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want. It provides practical and effective strategies for solving every feline behavior problem imaginable, from litter box issues to scratching, spraying, biting, and beyond.

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• Why Do Cats Sleep on You?

2/6/2020  "You might love it when they snuggle you at night or you might hate it. Here’s why cats sleep on you, what it means, and how to get them to sleep elsewhere." - Reader's Digest

• Do Cats Really Always Land on Their Feet?

2/6/2020  "It’s a memorable, pithy phrase that every cat enthusiast has surely heard countless times. But when an adage includes the word “always,” it can generate some skepticism. Cats can’t possibly land on their feet every single time, can they?" - Reader's Digest

• Domestic cats don’t hold grudges and don’t play games

2/6/2020  "One of the pleasures of our relationship with the domestic cat is their innocence and I use that word in the best possible sense. Unlike people they don’t hold grudges and they don’t play mind games. My cat was a feral cat and he will never be totally domesticated as a true domestic cat should be. I accept that." - PoC

• How To Interpret Cat Language

2/5/2020  "Your cat is definitely trying to tell you something if they're meowing every morning at 6 a.m. until you get up to feed them, or they're backed into a corner with their tail puffed up when your friend brings their dog over. But because cats are less domesticated than dogs, they're generally more complex, mysterious, and difficult for us to understand." - Woman'sDay

• Spraying urine is normal cat behavior: Pet Connection

2/5/2020  "Spraying is a normal feline behavior, for females as well as males. Spraying is all about marking territory. It’s the way cats express the warning, “Don’t invade my territory!” It’s also a way of marking territory as their own as well as comforting themselves in a stressful situation by making their surroundings smell like, well, themselves." - GoErie.com

• Here’s how you can accurately tell what your cat is thinking

2/4/2020  "Despite the popularity of cats, as anyone who has been around a cat knows, reading cats is not always an easy task. One minute they can be seeking your affection and the next they can be swatting at you without any apparent warning. This leads to the question: are cats just jerks or are they simply misunderstood?" - Scroll.in

• Why Do Cats Need to Knead?

1/31/2020  "It never fails. You sit down on the couch for an evening of nonstop streaming of your favorite series or — even better — with a book and a cup of tea. And here comes your furry feline friend with an intent look on her face and a purr at the ready." - HowStuffWorks

• Animal Doctor: Socializing important for young cats

1/30/2020  "You cannot force yourself on a cat. The cat must come to you. Our latest rescued cat, who has been with us for a year now, does not like to be picked up. Many cats are like that. Most like to be stroked, and I can now stroke her briefly, either when she is eating or occasionally when she is in bed — that would be my chance to pick her up and put her in a crate in an emergency." Tulsa World

• Acclimating cat to a new litter box: Pet Connection

1/27/2020  "A neighbor took care of Mom’s cat, Tracy, while she was hospitalized and undergoing physical therapy, but Mom came home last week and needed to start doing things for herself. My husband and I arrived to help the following day, and the first thing I suggested was that we purchase an automated litter box to eliminate or at least reduce the difficulty of that chore." Echo-Pilot

• Cat owner concerned with a few behaviors

12/26/2019  "DEAR DR. FOX: I brought home a cat, Pepper, from the shelter about five months ago." - Cumberland Times-News

• Stress-free ways to socialize your kitten

1/25/2020  "You wouldn’t think that there would be much of a method, or even a reason, for socializing kittens. They’re adorable. Everybody loves them. What more do you need to know? Quite a bit, actually." - The Citizens' Voice

• Keith C. Burris: Cat fight

1/19/2020  "Since Christmas I have been living in cat hell. I am now the guardian of two cats who are neurotic, entitled and bent on mutually assured destruction." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

• Pet Wise: Introducing an additional cat to your home

1/19/2020  "If you are considering the addition of another cat into your household, many precautions should be taken to ensure the health, safety and happiness of that feline and the felines who already share your home." - Carroll County Times

• Grumpy cat? Now you can know for sure, says study

1/17/2020  "Remember Grumpy Cat? For most cat owners and veterinarians, knowing a cat's mood isn't as easy as the popular meme. However, according to a new study by the University of Calgary and the University of Montreal, you can now tell a lot about how a cat is feeling from certain facial expressions." - CBC

• Critter Corner: How to break cat of late night activities

1/6/2020  "Dear Miss Behavin: My cat, Louie, has been roaming around the house and meowing in the middle of the night, waking me up. How can I get him to stop? Cats are naturally nocturnal animals so this behavior is no surprise. Luckily, there are a few ways you can encourage him to sleep through the night." - The Mercury News

• Are my cats playing or fighting?

1/2/2020  "While mock-fighting is normal and is an important part of the development of any cat (these behaviors include stalking, chasing and pouncing), it is sometimes difficult to determine whether cats are playing or fighting. In order to make that determination..." - The County

• Cat trees help to reduce stress for cats indoors

1/4/2020  "Cat behaviourists had already realised that when cats were confined indoors (as many cats now are), they could not carry out normal cat behaviours. When they spend time outdoors, cats climb trees, hide in bushes, and run from place to place. Indoor cats cannot normally do these types of activities, and they suffer from boredom and stress as a consequence." - Independent.ie

• Is my cat depressed?

1/2/2020  "...how can we tell if a cat is depressed? I asked a veterinarian to explain how to determine if your pet is dealing with more than resting cat face." - Mic

• Three reasons why cats scratch and what you can do to cope

12/30/2019  "Dear Tabby, Our cat scratches on everything! Our furniture, our carpet, even our metal bed frame! Why does he do this and what can we do about it?" - The Leader

• Cats' behavior can confuse their people: Pet Connection

12/30/2019  "Cats can be fierce like little lions with their toys, but then cautious like bunny rabbits when they hear a loud noise. In fact, cats show behaviors that we typically associate with predators and behaviors that we typically associate with prey animals. Both types of behaviors come from a complex mix of life experiences, species-specific behaviors and ancestral behaviors (our cats are descended from the African wildcat..." - TheRecordHerald.com

• Do cats pick up on human emotions and stress?

12/27/2019  "I agree with Jackson Galaxy. Human emotions and stress are bound to be visible in body language, gestures and the way you interact with your cat." - PoC

• Litterbox Issues Can be Conquered

12/21/2019  "Our cat, Lucy, is a picky, finicky kitty! Perhaps it’s the Siamese part of her that makes for some rather unusual behavior twists or something else, but Lucy isn’t your usual domestic house cat. If she doesn’t like something we do, she tells us about it. She is vocal and demonstrative in other ways." - The Savvy Pet Owner

• 20 Things You Do That Your Cat Actually Hates

12/3/2019  "You try your best to keep your cat happy with lots of love, playtime, and treats. But is it working? Could some of your well-meaning attention actually be making your cat anxious, annoyed, or standoffish? We asked experts in cat behavior to explain some of the ways people inadvertently irritate their feline friends." - DailyNewsView

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• Study finds cats have had a bad rap - they actually care about us quite a lot

12/3/2019  "We'd probably all agree that dogs are loyal - cats, not so much.  Even with some cats being as cuddly as they are, the general consensus would still hold that a moggy is more likely to throw you shade than lick your face. And, to be honest, it wasn't easy finding images for this story that showed cats looking like they wanted to be hugged by their owners." - NowToLove

• Keeping cats indoors: How to ensure your cat is happy, according to science

12/1/2019  "By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, while one in three will share their city with at least half a million other inhabitants. With more and more people living in dense urban settings, what does the future hold for pets?" - Inverse

• We can learn about flexible sleeping patterns from our domestic cat companions

12/1/2019  "Humans are very strongly habituated to sleeping in one continuous session during the night. The domestic cat tends to sleep at any time whenever they are tired. The former is very rigid and the latter is very flexible." - PoC

• Why Do Cats Meow?

"Most cats meow. Some are constantly talking to you, and others only get vocal when they want food or you accidentally step on their tail. But why do cats meow? Is it similar to dogs barking for our attention or because they see something outside? Or is it a secret cat language that humans still need to figure out?" - Reader's Digest

• How to Litter Train a Kitten

"As a new kitten parent, one of the first orders of business is teaching your fur baby to do her business in a litter box. Here’s how." - Reader's Digest

• How Cats Use Scent Communication

"For your cat, scent is a valuable communication tool. Being the verbal species that we are, humans don’t truly appreciate the volumes of information provided in scent, but trust me, your cat is on the case. The scent he leaves behind is an encyclopedia of information about him." - CatBehaviorAssociates

• Is Your Cat Nursing on Herself, Blankets or Other Objects? Should You Worry?

11/26/2019  "I adopted my Cornish Rex, Carson, when he was about 4 months old. He was a sweet, affectionate kitten, with an unusual behavior. He would suck on his chest and stomach, most often in situations where it seemed he wanted to comfort himself." "So, what’s up with cat nursing behaviors and when should you worry? Let’s take a look." - PetTraining

• Is it "resting cat face," or is something wrong? 7 feline faces to know

11/23/2019  "They say that eyes are windows to the soul. Indeed, research suggests this might also be true for our four-legged friends. Since the days of our most celebrated natural historian, Charles Darwin, humans have been interested in how animals communicate via their facial expressions, and how different species might express themselves in similar ways." - Inverse.com

• Keep Pets From Destroying Your Stuff

11/22/2019  "As the pets writer for Wirecutter, a New York Times company that reviews and recommends products, I’ve learned a lot about pet supplies and animal behavior. There’s a ton of gear out there that keeps our pets from scratching, marking, or chewing on the wrong things. Yet deterrents alone won’t keep your belongings in like-new condition." - The New York Times

• Are you stressing your cat?

11/20/2019  "If your cat seems anxious or tense, make sure you refrain from the making these 10 feline faux-pas, which could trigger behavior problems." - From Your Vet

• Understanding cat body language: How to know when your feline friend is happy or annoyed

11/18/2019  VIDEO: "We're digging our claws into the language of cats. Animal behaviour expert Rose Horton is here to crack the kitten code, translating the scratches, stretches and super cute gestures that reveal whether your cat is feeling affectionate or in attack mode. And Rose says the first step in understanding your cat is to know how they think." - 7News.com

• Does My Cat Love Me? 12 Ways Your Cat Secretly Shows Affection

11/14/2019  "Some cats are more obvious about the appreciation they have for their owners than others. Here are some ways your cat is trying to tell you that they love you." - Reader's Digest

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• 5 Fun Reasons for Cat Kneading

11/14/2019  "Ever wondered: Why do cats knead? Why does your cat stomp on her favorite bed or blanket (or your leg or chest) with her front paws, as though making dough for biscuits? Ever wondered why cat kneading seems to make her high, intoxicated with sweet memories of springtime and youth? Here are five cool things about cat kneading, aka cats making biscuits." - PetTraining

• Katz Tales: Cats are slaves to their fertility cycle

11/13/2019  "Tic Tac is now an elegant lady with pristine fur. While she’s growing taller, she’s still very much a kitten. When you pick her up, she’s a snug double handful. Like all kittens, she’s full of bounce and vigour. She plays ninja games with the big boy cats, pouncing out at them and challenging them to wrestling matches." - The Star Online

• Why most cats purr and mew: it isn’t always due to what we think it is

10/26/2019  "In March of 2015 two seminal studies of cat noises concluded that our cats were talking to us; not just about hunger or pain but also love and loneliness. In our efforts to understand the reason for a cat to purr we usually stick with the notion that it is hungry. Purring or mewing has always been thought of as a sign of a cat’s wanting food." - Wamiz

• 4 Reasons Your Cat Is Cranky

"There are many reasons why some cats are cranky; their temperament can be influenced by their upbringing or they are simply born that way. However, even the sweetest, most affectionate cats can suddenly become bad-tempered and behave out of character. According to veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren, the problem can generally be solved, but you’ll need to look for underlying issues. If you want to decode their behavior even more, these are the secrets your cat is trying to tell you" - Readers Digest

• What your pet's SLEEPING position says about their personality

11/13/2019  "From the protective 'superhero' to the dependent 'sneak', experts have revealed what your pet's favourite sleeping position reveals about their personality.  British animal behaviourist, Professor Peter Neville, shared his insights after a study from pet wellbeing website Itchpet.com revealed two-thirds of owners share their bed with their dog or cat. " - Daily Mail

• Is my cat happy? Vets break down their most telling behaviors

11/10/2019  "I have three cats. You can judge me, but I’m just trying to conform to queer cultural norms. Their names are Cabbage, Rainbow Dash, and Willie. They have really different personalities, but I think they’re all happy. I don’t feed them fancy food, but they do have the luxury of their own private entrance — they come and go as they please and they always come home. They seem to like living with me. They seem content. But how can I really tell if my cats are happy?" - Mic

• Tail talks: decipher and decode The da vinci cat tail

11/10/2019  "Pets connect and converse with us in their own way. It’s upon us that we understand their communication and respond accordingly." - Entertainment Times

  • Puffy tail: frightened
  • Tail lashing back & forth rapidly
  • Tail low to the ground
  • Tail tucked between legs
  • Tail stretched with a question mark
  • Tail standing up and quivering
  • Tail straight up
  • Tail gently swishes from side to side
  • Tail wrapped around another feline

• How to Solve the Most Common Pet Behavioral Problems

11/5/2019  "Every pet owner is probably familiar with these common pet blunders. Here’s how to get your cat or dog to start behaving. Pets provide great company and generally love to please their owners, but there are a few bad habits they may adopt that can drive their owners bonkers. Some basic training and easy interventions can make life far more pleasant for pets and owners alike, suggests veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren." - Reader's Digest

• 4 Reasons Your Cat Is Cranky

11/3/2019  "There are many reasons why some cats are cranky; their temperament can be influenced by their upbringing or they are simply born that way. However, even the sweetest, most affectionate cats can suddenly become bad-tempered and behave out of character. According to veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren, the problem can generally be solved, but you’ll need to look for underlying issues." - Reader's Digest

• Behaviour problems in cats

11/2/2019  "Behaviour problems in cats include behaviours that owners find objectionable, such as house soiling and aggression, as well as abnormal behaviours associated with stress or disease. As behavioural problems are a common reason for relinquishment or euthanasia of cats, resolving these problems has important welfare implications." - CABI

• Pet Tales: Happy, busy cats don't miss the litter box (much)

11/1/2019  "Artie enchants people who watch videos of the 1-year-old grey tabby cat jumping over furniture and darting through a narrow tunnel at the end of a mini-agility course set up in a Murrysville living room. Active cats like Artie are less likely to shred furniture or make a mess outside their litter box, Patience Fisher told an audience Tuesday at the Humane Animal Rescue shelter in Homewood." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Aggression

• My Pet World: How to deal with unexpected cat aggression

1/19/2020  "Dear Cathy, I took in a 10-year old indoor/outdoor cat who needed a home." "The problem is, she attacks me mostly on the arms by leaping at me without warning. She has drawn blood several times. I know not to provoke her and pet her only when she is sitting quietly on my lap. I cannot see any obvious reason for her quick, unexpected mean behavior." - Tucson.com

• How to deal with unexpected cat aggression

1/13/2020  "Feline aggression can be scary and yet is a fairly common problem reported by cat owners.Cats are sensitive to their environments and may react aggressively if overstimulated (through petting) or are afraid (through poor early socialization or stressful living conditions)." - Newsday.com

• PDSA Vet... How do I stop my cat from fighting?

1/4/2020  "Dear Donna, neutering is really important in preventing unwanted litters of cats but it tends to only help with fighting associated with tom cats that and clash over female cats to mate with. It’s possible that stress from living in a multi-cat household is causing your cat to get upset." - nwemail.co.uk

• When felines attack: 5 reasons cats go berserk

12/14/2019  "Feline aggression comes in many forms, said John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB, at the Fetch dvm360 San Diego conference on Thursday, Dec. 12. But there are some innovative tips and approaches to share with veterinary clients who own warrior cats, he explained in his talk about this topic." - dvm360

• ‘Why is my cat attacking my lovely smelling husband?’

11/13/2019  "DEAR JOAN: I read an article about cats going crazy with certain smells. My cat bites my husband after showering. We know that he smells his body wash on him because it’s pretty strong, but just wondered why." - The Mercury News

• Cat non-recognition aggression

11/10/2019  "I have discussed this before but I have not used the phrase ‘non-recognition aggression’. The interesting aspect of this form of feline behavior is that the non-recognition is usually, and perhaps nearly always, due to the inability of one cat who is friendly towards another to suddenly be unable to recognize the scent or body odor of the other cat. In my opinion it is rarely about visual non-recognition for the following reasons." - PoC

• 5 ways to stop your cat from fighting with your dog

10/10/2019   "With almost six in 10 (59 per cent) of Aussie animal owners having more than one pet under the same roof, there's the potential for them to fight like cats and dogs. Quite literally. “We recently conducted research that revealed more than half of cat owners have later introduced a dog into their family..." - Better Homes

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