Hello and a very warm welcome to the Cat Behavior Explained website!
There’s nothing quite like
being owned by a cat, is there? Those hypnotic eyes looking up at you… hearing them purr as you feel their warm, soft fur touching your hand…
Cats undoubtedly make wonderful pets. However, we all know that living with a feline isn’t all plain sailing.
Cat behavior problems can really blight your
relationship with your cat if you don’t know how to deal with them, as well as rocket your stress levels into the stratosphere.
Imagine if you could deal with cat behavior issues quickly and easily. Think of the benefits…
Sounds ideal, doesn’t it? And it can be done, probably with more ease than you might think :-)
Cat behavior can range from the hilarious, to the bizarre, to the downright infuriating… and everything in between.
The reality is, cats are much less devious than people think. They don't lie around for hours, plotting and scheming ways to accelerate their owner's demise. They want to be loved and admired, and aren't on a mission to make you angry, however much it may sometimes appear otherwise.
people understand why cats behave in the ways that they do, it becomes much
easier to recognize and fix problem behaviours.
And that’s where this website can help…
This website is packed full of information that will help you, on many subjects that have a direct effect on Kitty's behavior, including:
The information on this website will guide you through all this in an easy to understand way.
Whether you’re a brand new or more experienced owner, once you’ve understood this stuff, you’ll have acquired a lifelong skill that will give you huge benefits. And that’s a plus for both you and your cat, isn’t it?
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First, a cat behavior story of mine...
Many years ago, in my student days, I came home to find my young cat had managed to open the fridge. He was in the process of dragging an enormous, uncooked steak (which belonged to my flatmate) under my bed.
He was normally the sweetest, most docile thing, but when I tried to get the steak off him (I was worried about him eating it because it wasn’t cooked) his growling and hissing were absolutely ferocious.
After prizing the steak out of his mouth and acquiring a few significant scratches and bites in the process I had to run out and buy a replacement steak before going to hospital to get a tetanus booster and antibiotics. It’s funny now, but I can honestly say it wasn’t particularly amusing at the time!
As I languished in the hospital waiting area, I have to admit I was pretty naffed off with him. But as I sat there, I thought whose fault is this? I realised it was one hundred percent mine.
I knew the fridge door was faulty and I should have got it fixed. My cat, as far as he was concerned, had “caught” his prey fair and square, therefore it was now his and there was no way he was giving it up!
Did he get to eat his steak in the end, are you wondering? Yes... after I'd returned from the hospital, I washed all the dirt, fluff and bits of carpet off it and cooked it for him. Went down a treat ;-)
I've been fascinated by cats and cat behavior for as long as
I can remember and have learned a huge amount about them. I'm the first to admit I've made plenty of mistakes along the way and have done my best to learn from them.
I've owned many cats and I worked in a no-kill cat rescue shelter for 3 years. I've fostered old, pregnant, nursing and sick cats at home. I've hand-reared kittens and tamed feral kittens. I currently have four cats - Priscilla, Terry, Gandalf and Jasmine. All are rescue cats.