256 pages, 400 colour photos and colour illustrations
Who knows what's going through your cat's mind when he does the things he does? Why does he dart from room to room for no real reason? Why does he hiss at empty spaces? And where does he go when he disappears for days on end? Cats are curious creatures, but with The Secret Life of your Cat you'll soon be able to decipher his actions and gain a greater understanding of his world. Written by the most popular cat author in the UK, Vicky Halls' affable and insightful prose analyses every situation and reveals your cat's inner-most thoughts, unveiling the mysteries of his behaviour and helping to build a better bond between you and your pet. Fully-illustrated throughout, with in-depth explanations for all feline habits and a quick-reference section allowing you to quickly locate any issues, The Secret Life of your Cat ensures that you'll no longer be bemused by his peculiar antics.
"Ever wonder what lies behind those big yellow eyes? Cat lovers, wonder no more, as this tell-all guide exposes the secrets of the cat's most mystifying behaviors. A basic introduction sets the stage and reveals that despite centuries of living as domestic household pets, the cat has remained relatively unchanged from its ancient ancestors. These famously stubborn animals have adapted to use litter boxes and scratching posts – and Halls has the solutions when these adaptations go awry. Colorful sidebars provide real-life anecdotes, tips and advice, and a dose of cat trivia. All feline colors, shapes, and sizes are represented in the abundant photographs of cuddly kittens and lazy loungers. A thorough read guarantees cat owners will be able to calculate their cat's age in human years, effectively communicate their affections, and ensure they're supplying proper nutrition, toys, and love to their favorite furry feline."
- Annie McCormick, Booklist 2010
"Maybe this is the book every I'm-not-a-cat person person needs to read. Halls, a cat behaviorist and an author of several books on cat behavior, looks at the makeup of felines, their physical attributes (five toes on the front feet, four on the rear paws) and explains how to make life with the domestic cat more fulfilling, more fun [...] Even noncat people will be entertained and educated."
- William Hageman, Chicago Tribune 2011
- Know your cat
- Kitten conundrums
- Territorial behaviour
- About the house
- Antisocial behaviour
- Cat vs cat
- Cat vs owner
- Toileting troubles
- Cat and equipment
- Meows, kitten kisses and lateral rolls
- Turf war
- Troublesome journeys
- Medical warning signs
- The golden years
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Vicky Halls is an acclaimed Pet Behaviour Counsellor with many years experience of treating behavioural problems in cats both in the UK and abroad. She is also an international bestselling author of several cat behaviour books. In 2008 Vicky was voted as the 'Nation's Favourite Cat Author' by the readers of Your Cat'Magazine. The Secret Life of your Cat is Vicky's first fully-illustrated title.