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Practical Feline Behaviour


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-: About the Author -: Preface Part One: Understanding Feline Behaviour 1: The Origin and Evolution of the Domestic Cat 2: The Senses 3: Feline Communication 4: Social, Feeding and Predatory Behaviour 5: Kitten to Cat - Reproduction and the Behavioural Development of Kittens 6: Health and Behaviour 7: Learning, Training and Behaviour Part Two: Practical Feline Behaviour 8: Advice for Breeders 9: Advice for Prospective Cat Owners 10: Advice for Cat Owners 11: Advice for Veterinary Professionals 12: Advice for Other Cat Carers Appendix 1: Environmental Enrichment Appendix 2: Play Appendix 3: Reducing Resource Competition in a Multi-cat Household Appendix 4: Neutering Appendix 5: Introducing an Additional Cat to your Household Appendix 6: Helping a Grieving Cat Appendix 7: Introducing Cats and Dogs Appendix 8: Cat Flaps Appendix 9: Teaching Your Cat to Come to You When You Call Appendix 10: Cats, Babies and Children Appendix 11: House-training Your Cat or Kitten Appendix 12: Training Your Cat to Like the Cat Carrier Appendix 13: Medicating Your Cat Appendix 14: Teaching Your Cat or Kitten to Accept Veterinary Examination Appendix 15: First Aid Advice for Common Feline Behaviour Problems Appendix 16: Friend or Foe Appendix 17: Approaching, Stroking and Picking Up Appendix 18: Recognizing Stress

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A practical text for veterinary nurses and technicians, this book will also be of interest to veterinarians, pet owners and animal behaviour specialists.

About the Author

Trudi Atkinson qualified as a veterinary nurse in 1986 and attained her postgraduate diploma at the University of Southampton in 1999. In July of the same year she was accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and in 2000 left veterinary practice to start her own behaviour referral practice covering the South West of England. In 2004, she achieved accreditation as a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) under the scheme run by the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). In early 2016, she started to specialise solely in feline behaviour and has presented talks on feline behaviour and companion animal behaviour in general for organisations including: APBC, British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA), British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the Centre for Animal Welfare (CAW). Trudi has served on the general committee for the Companion Animals Behaviour Therapy Study Group (now BVBA) and on the selection committee for APBC. Trudi contributes to, and is an examiner for, the International Society of Feline Medicine (IFSM) Advanced Certificate in Feline Behaviour. She is a Certified Cat Behaviour Consultant as recognised by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and a full member of International Feline Behaviourists (IFB). Trudi has contributed to, and written books on the subject of cat behaviour, her latest book is Practical Feline Behaviour.

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