Cats are lovable, funny, attentive listeners, and wonderfully cuddly. They can also be tenacious, persnickety, and maddeningly aloof. Arden Moore explains the mysteries behind your feline friend’s thoughts and actions, from that inexplicable fascination with catnip to kneading blankets, chasing mice, and dozens of other complexities of cat behavior. With a handle on what’s behind your cat’s quirky personality, you’ll be able to maximize quality time with the fuzziest member of the family.
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About the Author
Arden Moore is the author of more than two dozen books on cats and dogs, including The Cat Behavior Answer Book, The Dog Behavior Answer Book, and Real Food for Dogs. She hosts the award-winning Oh! Behave Show on Pet Life Radio and travels North America teaching pet first aid and pet behavior classes with her dog, Kona, and cat, Casey. She has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows and is an in-demand speaker at pet conferences. Learn more by visiting her at www.ardenmoore.com.
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?