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Behaviour of the Domestic Cat

Behaviour of the Domestic Cat

By J Bradshaw, University of Bristol, UK, R Casey, Dogs Trust, UK, S Brown, University of Bristol, UK

November 2012 / Paperback / 264 Pages / 9781845939922 £36.00 / €46.50 / $72.00
With 10% online discount: £32.40 / €41.85 / $64.80
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The behaviour of domesticated animals is a subject of great importance to students of animal behaviour and veterinary medicine, as well as interested pet owners. This book presents an engaging overview of the behaviour of the domestic cat, adopting both a mechanistic and functional approach. Physiological, developmental and psychological aspects are addressed, including domestication, the development of the senses, learning, communication and feeding behaviour. The authors build on these themes to discuss social behaviour, hunting and predation, cat-human interactions and welfare. Fully updated throughout, this new edition also includes two new chapters on behavioural disorders due to pathologies and from misdirected natural behaviour. It is an essential source of cat behaviour information for students, ethologists, veterinarians and pet owners.


Written by renowned academic experts this book presents an engaging overview of the behaviour of the domestic cat covering physiological, developmental and psychological aspects.

  • 1: The Cat: Domestication and Biology
  • 2: Sensory Abilities
  • 3: Mechanisms of Behaviour
  • 4: Behavioural Development
  • 5: Communication
  • 6: Feeding Behaviour
  • 7: Hunting and Predation
  • 8: Social Behaviour
  • 9: The Cat-Human Relationship
  • 10: Cat Welfare
  • 11: Undesired Behaviour in the Domestic Cat
  • 12: Physiological and Pathological Causes of Behavioural Change
This well-written, interesting book provides a great deal of information about the underlying mechanisms of behaviour in domestic cats. This updated edition will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in the study of ethology. Highly recommended – Choice Reviews July 2013

"This book is essential to all veterinarians who see cats – not as a bedtime read, but as a reference to keep on the shelf. There is an
extensive list of references and the index is very comprehensive, making an information search on any topic very easy. Highly recommended!" – Australian Veterinary Journal

"This book is a welcome addition to the feline behaviour literature and will be of use to many, including veterinarians, veterinary students, feline biologists and behaviourists, as well as educated cat owners." – JAVMA