Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

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The cutting-edge, scientifically accurate, definitive book on the most popular behavioral issues that cats face

In the United States, one of the predominant reasons that owners abandon or give up their pets (often leading to euthanasia) is because of unwanted behaviors. Many have tried to instruct proper cat training, but this is the first book of its kind to provide an in-depth understanding of the underlying reasons for a cat’s problem behavior, the essential key to unlocking the best for your cat and avoiding pitfalls. Decoding Your Cat gives owners new insight on promoting their cat’s physical and psychological health and wellness and maintaining a long and fulfilling relationship together. 

Written by the leading experts in cat behavior from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, with an introduction by animal expert Steve Dale, this book conveys the newest and best information on cat behavioral science in a fun, interesting, and understandable way. Together with anecdotes from real life situations and the science behind how cats relate to their world, Decoding Your Cat empowers owners to provide a home environment that is happy, safe, and functional, to identify and seek treatment for medical health problems, to understand how to deal with unwanted behaviors, and in general to help cats live longer and fuller lives.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781328489852
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 177,857
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

DRS. MEGHAN E. HERRON, DVM, DACVB, DEBRA HORWITZ, DVM, DACVB, and CARLO SIRACUSA, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB, DECAWBM are experts and leaders in the field of veterinary behavior.
STEVE DALE is a nationally syndicated pet journalist, radio host, and author of numerous best-selling books.
The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists are the undeniable authorities when it comes to explaining why our pets do what they do, and also in dealing with the most extreme behavior problems. The ACVB is a professional organization of veterinarians who are board-certified in the specialty of veterinary behavior dedicated to advancing the behavioral health of all companion animals through education and outreach. ACVB members, known as diplomates, have undergone rigorous professional training and scrutiny, publishing peer-reviewed articles, speaking professionally around the country (many around the world) to veterinarians and others interested in behavior topics, and in general demonstrating that they are the leading experts in the field.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction xxi

1 The Language of Meow 1

Feline Phonics from Nose to Tail Rachel Malamed, DVM, DACVB Karen Lynn Chieko Sueda, DVM, DACVB

2 Welcoming Your New Best Friend 27

Setting Up Your New Cat for a Lifetime of Health and Happiness Kelly Moffat, DVM, DACVB

3 The Feline Dream Home 49

Creating an Enriched Environment for Your Cat's Mind and Body Kelly Ballantyne, DVM, DACVB Amy L. Pike, DVM, DACVB

4 Social Butterflies 71

Cats Are Not Really Solitary Animals Sharon Crowell-Davis, DVM, PhD, DACVB

5 Living with Multiple Cats 93

Creating Harmony in the Multicat Household Leticia Mattos De Souza Dantas, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVB

6 Unlocking the Feline Mind 115

What Learning Really Is and How Cats Learn Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

7 Do Cats Mean to Be Mean? 143

Understanding Why Cats Aggress Toward Humans and What to Do About It Terry Marie Curtis, DVM, MS, DACVB

8 My House Is Not Your Toilet 165

Feline Elimination Problems Sabrina Poggiagliolmi, DVM, MS, DACVB

9 I'm a Scaredy-Cat 190

Please Keep Quiet and Don't Make Me Meet New People or Go Anywhere - Especially to the Veterinarian! Kersti Seksel, BVSc, MRCVS, MA, FANZCVS, DACVB, DECAWBM, FAVA

10 Oral Obsessions 212

Compulsive Grooming and Eating Behaviors Leslie Sinn, DVM, DACVB

11 I Know It's Normal, but How Do I Make It Stop? 228

Normal Feline Behaviors That Drive People Crazy Beth Groetzinger Strickler, MS, DVM, DACVB, CDBC Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB

12 The Cat Outside: So Close but So Scared 251

Getting to Know That Cat You Just Can't Seem to Touch Sara Bennett, MS, DVM, DACVB

13 Growing Old with Grace 272

Old Cats Should Learn New Tricks Julia Albright, MA, DVM, DACVB Margaret Gruen, DVM, PhD, DACVB

Conclusion 294

Appendix A Teaching Your Cat to Like the Carrier 296

Appendix B Medicating Your Cat 298

Appendix C Tips for Introducing Cats and Dogs 301

Recommended Resources 304

About the Editors 308

About the Authors 312

Members of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists 321

Index 323

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