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Cats in England Like Us, Too

3 Burmese cats, one urinating outside of the litter box, another defecating. Here are the four weekly emails sent by the clients:

Week 1:

Mieshelle,

There have been no accidents anywhere since 10th July. Before that date we had some...

Chris and Nicola, St. Albans, UK 2008

One of the Many Secrets You'll Need to Know -- How to Conduct a Proper Prey Sequence

Well, so far we have (advice removed). He seems much happier just in the last few days now that we have been (advice removed)....

T. Joy, Durham, NC 2005

No News is Good News Indeed

You are correct in your assumption of no news is good news! The (behavior advice...

Jessica, Cold Spring, New York 2009

The Cat Whisperer® Cat Behavior Book

“The reason people are so mesmerized by house cats is because they are truly miniature versions of lions, tigers, and leopards. Mieshelle explains in an unprecedented and a most accessible way, the behavior of the house cat, with her unique insight into the often misunderstood companion animal that is as wild as we have become civilized.” Jordan Carlton Schaul, PhD — Contributing Editor, National Geographic Society and Curator, Orange County Zoo

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by GWEN COOPER, author of “Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat”

Introduction: On Cats and How I Learned to See Through Their Eyes

  • My Animal Family
  • On the Farm
  • Cheshires in the Canyon
  • The Vet Assistant Years
  • The Cat Behaviorist: Filling a Void in Feline Behavior Expertise
  • The Cat Bahavior Clinic
  • What “Good Death”? The Crisis of Feline Euthanasia
  • The Shelter and Abandonment Crisis
  • Why I Wrote This Book

ONE: Mind-Throwing: Inside the Being of the Cat

  • Anthropomorphism and Its Pleasures—and Pitfalls
  • The Anthropomorphic Trap

TWO: Meet Your Cat on His Territory:Using the Three-Part C.A.T. Plan to ChangeYour Cat’s Behavior

  • No Punishment, No Reprimand
  • What Works: Withdraw Your Attention and Even Your Presence
  • You Have the Power to Solve Your Cats’ Behavior Issues
  • The Seven Classes of Behavior Problems in Cats
  • The Elements of an Effective C.A.T. Plan

THREE: Life on the Wild Side—Where Even the Tamest Cats Live

  • Cats: Self-Reliant, Highly Territorial, Champion Survivors
  • Cats Can Make Friends, Too
  • Cats: Forever Wild
  • Taming the Wild: The Socialization Process
  • Territoriality, Conflict, and Social Maturity

FOUR: Cat Etiquette: The Art of Introducing, or Reintroducing, Cats to Each Other

  • Introductions
  • Reintroductions and the Nagelschneider Method
  • First Impressions: Desensitization, Habituation, and Counterconditioning
  • Step 1: Setting the Stage Before Newcat Comes Home: The Safe Room and Pheromones
  • Step 2: Making the First Scent Introduction: The Scent Sock
  • Step 3: Mixing Scents Like a Real Social Facilitator: Allogrooming and Allorubbing
  • Step 4: Creating Confident Explorers: Trading Places
  • Step 5: Making the Visual Introduction—The Art of Smooth Transitions

FIVE: Purrtopia: Transforming Your Cats’ Territory

  • The Mating Instinct: Humane Sterilization Reduces Many Behavioral and Health Problems
  • Real Estate and Resources
  • Dispersal, Time-sharing, and Choice of Paths

SIX: Psychology and Physiology: Does Your Cat Also Have a Medical Issue?

  • Good Veterinary Hygiene
  • Original Medical Causes Versus Habituated Behaviors
  • Better Living Through Chemistry? Don’t (Automatically) Drug That Cat!

SEVEN: Feline Aggression: Accepting and Managing Your Cat’s Inner Wildcat

  • What Not to Do: Punish, Reprimand, or Reach For
  • Understanding Feline Aggression
  • Prevention
  • Types of Feline Aggression
  • C.A.T. Plan for Play and Predatory Aggression
  • Redirected Aggression
  • Management of Redirected Aggression
  • Territorial
    Aggression
  • Fear-Induced Aggression
  • Cat-to-Cat Aggression
  • C.A.T. Plan for Territorial, Fear, and Cat-to-Cat Aggression
  • Petting-Induced Aggression
  • Status-Related Aggression
  • C.A.T.
    Plan for Petting-Induced and Status-Related Aggression

EIGHT: You’ve Got to Elim-i-nate the Negative: Thinking Outside Your Box to Get Cats into Theirs

  • An Unnecessary Tragedy
  • Out-of-the-Box Defecation
  • Have You Ever Been Invited to a Fecal Ball?
  • Maddening Middening, or Just a Stool Away from Home?
  • Out-of-the-Box Urination
  • C.A.T. Plan for Inappropriate Elimination

NINE: “X” Marks the Spot (or Spots)!: Urine Marking

  • Marking for Communication
  • What Cats Communicate When They Spray: Territory Marking, Information Gathering, Relational Pmail, Sexual Advertising, Pick-Me-Ups
  • C.A.T. Plan for Spraying, Other Forms of Urine Marking, and Middening.

TEN: Yowl!—Excessive Meowing

  • C.A.T. Plan for Excessive Meowing

ELEVEN: Destructive and Other Unwanted Behaviors

  • Shredders and Snaggers: Why Cats Claw
  • Declawing—Unnecessary and Inhumane
  • The Story of Charlie Cat
  • Prevention
  • C.A.T. Plan for Unwanted Scratching
  • Counter Crawling and Table Hopping: Why Cats Like High Places
  • C.A.T. Plan for Counter Crawling and Table Hopping

TWELVE: The Compulsive Cat

  • Overgrooming
  • C.A.T. Plan for Overgrooming (Psychogenic Alopecia)
  • Wool Sucking and Wool Chewing
  • Pica
  • C.A.T. Plan for Wool Sucking, Chewing, and Pica
  • Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome

 

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