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Five Best Cat Behaviour Books

Updated on December 24, 2014
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Vladimir is a former champion ratter (retired). His hobbies are bushwalking, birdwatching and nature studies

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Five Books on Cats every Human should have

The first thing you have to understand is that cats are not people!

There's an instinctual reason behind the actions of a cat. Understanding what these instincts are (and why I have them in the first place) will make you become a better cat owner. At the very least, cat behaviour should make a lot more sense.

Here's my list of recommended books for you to read on feline psychology and overall cat care.

The High Five Books on Cats

  1. Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated
  2. Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat
  3. Why Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?: 101 of the Most Perplexing Questions Answered
  4. Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss
  5. The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats

Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated

Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated
Cat Owner's Home Veterinary Handbook, Fully Revised and Updated

Well organised and easy to read, not too technical, yet still very descriptive .I highly recommend this book for any human who lives with a cat - it's a must-have.

If you only get one book on cat health, get this one!


Being friends with other cats

My Pal, Joe
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Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat

Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat
Cat vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat

Useful tips and suggestions for maintaining peace in a multi-cat household. Intelligent, common sense information on feline personalities and interaction.

This human knows her stuff!


It wasn't all Wine and Roses with Joe

I once had a friend named Joe.

He turned up one rainy night, small and skinny, with oil in his fur and a piteous wail. The woman made a big fuss getting the oil out and after some weeks we finally woke up that no one was going to come and claim the creature. His temporary stay turned into 13 years.

And let me tell you it wasn't all wine and roses! Or cream and catnip for that matter, but after Joe learned what rung he occupied on the ladder, we became the best of friends.

He's crossed the rainbow bridge now, and I've adjusted to not having the bumbling fool around although at first I was, perhaps, a little crazed and demanded a lot of affection. Yes, cats grieve too.

If you have more than one cat in your house, I recommend Cat Vs. Cat: Keeping Peace When You Have More Than One Cat

Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat

When you want to get inside your cat's brain, here's some excellent advice to help cats, and their people, share a happy, healthy life together.

Yes, you can learn to think like a cat!

Specially recommended by the woman who feeds me, she learned a lot from this book.

When you start to share your life with a cat you have to think like a cat

Anyone who's been around a cat for any length of time well knows that we have enormous patience with the limitations of people. It constantly amazes me just how very tolerant we are of your foibles. But don't you want to raise the bar?

Surely you would rather start off on the right foot, or paw, when you have a cat moving into your house.

We love security. We love a familiar setting. We love a routine. And we quickly become bored if you don't play with us regularly.

If you're about to share your house with a cat. I recommend Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat, also by Pam Johnson-Bennett.

What Humans don't know about Cats

Why Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?

For instance, why don't you understand furballs? How do you measure my age next to yours? How do I tell the time? Bet you don't know why my whiskers twitch either

And what is that white cat doing?

Fortunately, Why Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet? tells you lots of things that you don't know. Things you didn't know that you ever wanted to know.

Humans Marty Becker and Gina Spadafori present an excellent guide to the mind, body, and psyche of the magical creatures that we cats truly are.

All that you wanted to know, but didn't know who to ask!

Why are my eyes vertical slits?

The Feline Mystique

The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats
The Feline Mystique: On the Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats

Insightful, smart, funny, poignant - in short, the humourous and the tender side of life with our women.

Call me an old softie, but this book touches my heart


© 2009 Vladimir

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great read, yes I am still trying to work out our little mrsy. She's a pest but I love her. She keeps me awake at night with her want of effection and claws, she is a pain when I am trying to do food, she's a pest when I have any drink on the side and yes shocking but I have the patients of a saint with her. I thinks it because I adore animals and I understand that they are what they are because they are. Why should they be changed? they need to be themselves!

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      Cynthia Davis 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Understanding my cat's behavior often troubles, as well as, delights me. Like why he sometimes feels the urge to sneak up behind me and stick his nails in my back. But, at the same time he calms me; I do love to watch him sleep on his back without a care in the world. Thanks for your wonderful cat book recommendations.

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      I enjoyed my visit - thank you.

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      Agapantha 5 years ago

      I wish I could understand my cat sometimes. These books on cat behaviour will help. (I understand the dog very well)

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      What is that white cat doing? Inquiring minds need to know. My highly evolved felines keep trying to teach me what I need to know. They have been quite patient with me, even though I suspect they roll their eyes behind my back. Can cats roll their eyes? Always enjoy your writing voice, Vladi. You've got the gift.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love your list! Sadly here in Spain these books are almost impossible to get...

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      Squidtastic! cats rule:)

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      pawnflakes 6 years ago

      Love your lens!

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      David Stone 6 years ago from New York City

      I liked all of your suggestions, and I think the angle is perfect. Cats are cats, not people. When we first adopted a cat, the book that was huge breakthrough for me was "Cats On The Couch." They really made sense of how cats are otherwise motivated.

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      ellagis 6 years ago

      Hi Vladi, what a pleasure it was to read your lens!!! I really love your style! Glad to meet you!

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      David Dove 6 years ago

      As a cat liberationist I think your work is wonderful, I am allowed to serve one-who-must-be-obeyed in the humble role of feeder, protector, warmth provider, stroker and general- factotum-on-call at the least purr, I know my place.

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      Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

      Vladi, I have missed your irrepressible humour and spirit as I have tried to visit as many of the humans around here as possible. Came back to find you are just as much the wit as ever and never fail to put a smile on my face.

      All the same, I am sure you liked Joe's company better than you admit.:) Seems a fine thing to have a feline pal to cuddle up with when you want a bit of warmth.

      I've noticed something... well not 'odd' but certainly noteworthy... the feline authors on Squidoo seem to be among some of our most gifted writers. It's surely that old connection between writers and cats. Cats only employ staff who have the intelligence to do a more than passable job of interpreting for them, perhaps?

      ~*~* Angel Blessed *~*~ in an angel's final flutter.

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      You have great ideas for lenses! Another excellent lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      LOL! You're so creative with your cat lenses I swear. I could never take this niche and expand it so beautifully the way you have. You make all cat owners proud. Thank you for sharing!

      I am entered in the Fresh Squid Contest for May, my lens Daycare School Online is tied for first place....every vote helps! Please check us out.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Vlad, you are wonderful for sharing this information with us humans. We can be so dense sometimes. 5*s!

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      Sojourn 8 years ago

      Vlad - another smashing success! You are one, charmingly, cool cat.

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      Julia M S Pearce 8 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      That was a great lens Vladimir! You are one funny cat and a knowledgeable one at that.

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      Carol Fisher 8 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      It's so good of you, Vlad, to help educate us about cats. 5*

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      One cool cat is what you are Vladi 5* and another blessing for an extremely helpful lens

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Lovely lens :) blessed