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The Behaviour of the Domestic Cat


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1: The Cat: Domestication and Biology 2: Sensory Abilities 3: Mechanisms of Behaviour 4: Behavioural Development 5: Communication 6: Feeding Behaviour 7: Hunting and Predation 8: Social Behaviour 9: The Cat-Human Relationship 10: Cat Welfare 11: Undesired Behaviour in the Domestic Cat 12: Physiological and Pathological Causes of Behavioural Change

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Written by renowned academic experts this book presents an engaging overview of the behaviour of the domestic cat covering physiological, developmental and psychological aspects.

About the Author

Dr John Bradshaw is a Visiting Fellow and Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol, where he was formerly Reader in Companion Animal Behaviour and University Research Theme Leader for Animal Welfare & Behaviour. His main research interests are in the behaviour and welfare of domestic cats and dogs, and their relationships with people; he has published over 100 research papers and book chapters on these topics. Since 2009 he has focused his attention on the dissemination of animal welfare science to pet owners: his book "Dog Sense/In Defence of Dogs" was a non-fiction bestseller in both the UK and USA in 2011, and has been translated into nine other languages. He was one of the founders of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ), and has been a member of the Council of the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and set up its Accreditation Committee (1999-present). Rachel is Director of Canine Behaviour and Research at Dogs Trust, the UK's largest dog charity. She is a RCVS and an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioural Medicine and an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare, Science, Ethics and Law. She has research interests in canine welfare science, including identification of risk factors for undesired behaviours. Rachel also oversees community programmes aimed at preventing behaviour problems, and the behavioural rehabilitation of dogs in rehoming centres.


"Despite a close, long-standing affiliation with humans, the domesticated cat remains an essential predator. The principal key to understanding the cat's behavioral repertoire is recognition of the fact that most of it derives from the cat's ancestral roots as a solitary hunter. The authors discuss behavior in the context of underlying neutral and sensory physiology. They also address developmental aspects of behavior, including socialization and the influence of kitten playfulness on subsequent adult behavior. The book briefly considers select behavioral problems in relation to disease states and to the complex social systems of cats. The latter, while typically appearing in multi-cat households, are often not appreciated by pet owners. This well-written, interesting book provides a great deal of information about the underlying mechanisms of behavior in domestic cats. The updated edition (1st ed., 1992) will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the study of ethology. Summing Up: Highly recommended."--A. Brass, independent scholar "Choice" (7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM)

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