Medicina Comportamental

Practical Feline Behaviour Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare

De: Trudi Atkinson, Clinical Animal Behaviourist, UK
ISBN: 9781780647838
2018, Cabi Books
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Páginas: 272

  • Practical Feline Behaviour contains all the relevant information that a veterinary nurse or technician needs to understand and handle the behaviour and welfare of house cats, and to offer safe and practical advice to clients.

    There have been ground-breaking advances in our understanding of feline behaviour in recent years and, to protect the welfare of cats, it is increasingly important that anyone involved with their care, especially those in a professional capacity, keep up to date with these developments.

    This approachable and down-to-earth text describes the internal and external influences on feline behaviour; on communication, learning, social behaviour, the relationship between behaviour and disease, and the cat - human relationship. It also provides practical advice on how the welfare of cats in our care may be protected and how behaviour problems should be addressed and how to avoid them.

    In this book Trudi Atkinson draws on her extensive experience as a veterinary nurse and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist to provide a rapid reference and an intensely practical feline behaviour resource for owners, breeders, veterinary professionals, shelter and cattery workers and anyone involved in the care of our feline companions.

    - Practical, down to earth guide detailing all aspects of feline behaviour
    - Rapid reference for instant access to information
    - Written by a well-known animal behaviourist who has extensive experience in treating feline behaviour problems and in advising clients to protect the welfare of their cats
    - Includes a foreword by John Bradshaw, School of Veterinary Science at University of Bristol, UK


    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
    • -: 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
  • Trudi Atkinson RVN, Dip.AS (CABC), CCAB

    I have spent most of my adult life working with animals, having been a zoo keeper, groom, and for many years a qualified veterinary nurse before finding my niche as a companion animal behaviourist.

    It was whilst working in veterinary practice, that I became aware of just how distressing and disruptive it can be when your pet has a behaviour problem. Companion animal behaviour therefore became my specialist area of further study and offering help and advice to pet owners become a regular part of my veterinary nursing duties.

    In 1999 I gained the post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour from the University of Southampton and the same year was accepted as a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC). Within a year the demand for my services as a pet behaviour counsellor had increased to the point where it was not feasible to also continue my work as a veterinary nurse so I set up my own independent veterinary referral practice, which I have continued with ever since.

    In 2003 I achieved accreditation as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and I continue to study animal behaviour, with the behaviour of the domestic cat being my main interest and recognised area of expertise.

    Over the years I have also written for and presented several talks for organisations such as the APBC, the British Veterinary Behaviour Association (BVBA), the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and the British Veterinary Nursing Association (BVNA). My written work has included contributions to the BSAVA Textbook of Veterinary Nursing and the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Advanced Veterinary Nursing.