Understanding Your Cat                   by Ken Stiles     How To End Cat Behavior Problems Fast   Watch funny cat videos ...
Table of ContentsChapter 1: Understanding Your Cat...........................................................................
Chapter 1: Understanding Your CatCats are very good at communicating. Taking time to understand exactly what your catis sa...
Chapter 2: The Importance Of Understanding Your CatAre you a new cat owner? If so, there will come a point in time when yo...
the food of other pets in the home. Of course, you also dont have to let it get that far.Creating a set feeding schedule f...
Chapter 3: Understanding Your Cats 5 SensesAre you a cat owner who is curious about your cat and how they function on a da...
Smelling is also a method of communication for felines. It has been said that cats cansmell odors that humans cant even de...
Chapter 4: Tips For Understanding Your CatAre you a new pet owner? If you have just purchased a new cat, you may be excite...
As previously stated, the reward of being a cat owner is seeing love and compassion inyour cats eyes. What you may not rea...
Chapter 5: The Cat WhispererA cat whisper is somewhat similar to a dog or horse whisperer, although cat whisperersrelate q...
Chapter 6: Benefits Of Playing With Your CatPlaying with your cat is the best possible way to build up a bond between the ...
Chapter 7: Cat MythologyCats as Familiars Cats as familiars have a long and dark history in western mythology. These cats ...
tale. Supposedly, Diana wanted to have a son by Lucifer, so she attempted to trick himby taking the shape of a black cat. ...
Chapter 8: Great Gifts For Cat LoversThere are a lot of great gifts that you can give to cat lovers, although photo frames...
How To End Cat Behavior Problems FastWatch funny cat videos on FunnyCatVideos.tv                    15
MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the author of this book has anaffiliate relationship and/or another...
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  1. 1. Understanding Your Cat by Ken Stiles How To End Cat Behavior Problems Fast Watch funny cat videos on FunnyCatVideos.tv 1
  2. 2. Table of ContentsChapter 1: Understanding Your Cat...........................................................................................................3Chapter 2: The Importance Of Understanding Your Cat............................................................................4Chapter 3: Understanding Your Cats 5 Senses..........................................................................................6Chapter 4: Tips For Understanding Your Cat.............................................................................................8Chapter 5: The Cat Whisperer..................................................................................................................10Chapter 6: Benefits Of Playing With Your Cat........................................................................................11Chapter 7: Cat Mythology........................................................................................................................12Chapter 8: Great Gifts For Cat Lovers.....................................................................................................14 2
  3. 3. Chapter 1: Understanding Your CatCats are very good at communicating. Taking time to understand exactly what your catis saying will make your relationship stronger. A bristling tail held straight up, or onethat thrashes back and forth are warnings. If a cat is feeling defensive, the tail is usuallyarched. Hissing and backing away with ears flat against the head are other defensiveposes. You can tell a lot about a cats state of being from its eyes. Wide, dilated eyescommunicate anger or fear. A contented cat slowly blinks its eyes, or keeps them half-closed. When it comes to sound, cats say more than meow. Did You know there are atleast nineteen different types of meow"? Their vocalizations fall into three groups,murmurs, open/closed mouth and intensity sounds. Murmured sounds include the lowsound cats make when treats are coming, as well as the famous purr. Purring is usuallyinterpreted as a sound of contentment, but it is really more a vocalization of intenseemotion. In fact, an injured cat, or one being handled by a stranger - like a vet - oftenpurr. Open/closed mouth vocalizations include all the variations and intonations ofmeow" that a cat uses to greet you, or ask for food, or otherwise demand attention.Intensity vocalizations are created when the cat holds her mouth open the entire time sheis making sound. These are the highly emotional vocalization of fear, anger, and extremepain. Some cats are more talkative than others. Many owners notice a difference in thetypes of noises their cats make for them as opposed to strangers or other cats. The moretime you spend with your cat, the more shell communicate with you and the better youwill understand what she is saying. It is well worth the time to learn. 3
  4. 4. Chapter 2: The Importance Of Understanding Your CatAre you a new cat owner? If so, there will come a point in time when your cat becomes"just like one of the kids." However, until that time arrives, it is up to you to understandyour cat and the small signals that he or she may be sharing with you.As important as it is to hear that it will be your responsibility to understand your cat anddecipher the signals that he or she may be sending you, you may be wondering why.Many pet owners often respond with something like "what the heck?" If you are a newpet owner or a first-time pet owner, you may not understand just how much your catrelies and depends on you.As for why it is important to understand your cat, doing so can be important to his or herhealth. We humans are able to speak and seek medical attention when we develop a coldor suffer a debilitating injury. Pets, on the other hand, cannot do so. Just because yourcat doesnt outright tell you that she needs to go the vet, it doesnt mean that a visit isntin order.If you suspect that your cat is suffering from a medical problem, whether it be an injuryor an illness, you will want to seek professional help right away. Schedule a visit withyour veterinarian. The sooner you do so, the quicker you can understand what isbothering your cat. If you must make your cats appointment an emergencyappointment, especially if he or she seems to be suffering.Speaking of suffering, many new cat owners wonder how they can tell when their pet isfeeling ill or has suffered an injury that may not be noticeable to the human eye.Whether you have only had your cat a week or five years, you should already start tonotice habits that he or she has. These habits may include greeting you when you walkinto a room or sleeping in the same spot. If these habits change, it may be due to aninjury that is difficult to see or a medical illness.In addition to knowing when your cat may be ill, understanding when your cat is hungryis also important. Some pet owners will always leave food out for their pets. This isdoable; however, there may be some negative consequences. For instance, your cat mayeat too much and develop an obesity problem. Bug and other rodents can be attracted toyour pets food, especially wet canned food, regardless of how clean your home is.For that reason, look for signs that your cat may be hungry. Many cats will approachtheir empty food dish and start to cry out. Others, may take steps to get human food or 4
  5. 5. the food of other pets in the home. Of course, you also dont have to let it get that far.Creating a set feeding schedule for your cat has a number of benefits.Despite the fact that deciphering your cats every move may seem like an impossibletask, it really isnt. Although your cat will have his or her own distinctive attitudes, youmay be surprised just how similar cats occasionally react like humans. When upset orfrustrated, your cat may retreat to their own special spot. When hungry, your cat maycall out for food. When your cat is excited, you should be able to tell right away, as heor she will likely be more active than usual.The above mentioned reasons are just a few of the many why it is important for you tolearn how to understand your cat. If you are looking for helpful tips, consider speakingto your veterinarian. There are also multiple book and online websites that are designedto help new pet owners develop a close and healthy relationship with their cats. Havingan attentive and close relationship with your cat is the first step in understanding theirwants and needs. 5
  6. 6. Chapter 3: Understanding Your Cats 5 SensesAre you a cat owner who is curious about your cat and how they function on a dailybasis? Of course, you cat likely cannot comfortably survive without the food and shelteryou provide him or her with, but you may be curious about their senses. Do you everfind yourself wondering how well your pet can see or what their tastes are like? If so,please continue reading on.As for your cats hearing, have you ever heard that your cats ears are similar to asatellite dish? There are many pet owner and veterinarians who make this comparison.What does this mean? It means that your cat does have a relatively good sense ofhearing. You may notice your cat turn their head and move their ears when you starttalking or when they hear a noise outside. This provides cats with the ability to huntmice and other small, quiet rodents.As for your cats sense of touch, all pets are just like humans. They have a fine sense oftouch. Whether you touch your cats whiskers, her paws, or her tail, it is a movementthat she can notice right away. The most sensitive part of your cats body is theirwhiskers. As a cat owner, you should already know how important a full set of whiskersare to a cat. Your cats paws are also a sensitive area on their body.As for your cats sight, he or she has good vision. It has been claimed that cats see at1/5th the intensity of humans. Although cats cannot see perfectly in the dark, they arestill able to make out distinctive shapes and movements. Cats are also able to seemovement quicker than humans are. A movement that may appear as nothing to us, is amovement that a cat can notice. However, during daylight humans do have a bettersense of sight.Depending on your cat and his or her eating habits, you may assume that cats have asensitive sense of taste. After all, many cat owners report their pets as being pickyeaters. Although it may appear as if your cat is a picky eater, they logically arent, atleast for taste reasons. In fact, cats are more likely to pick and choose their food basedon smell, rather than taste.Speaking of smell, this is the most heightened out of the five senses for your cat. Catshave a much better sense of smell than humans do. In fact, did you know that cats haveabout 200 million cells in and on their noses that are odor sensitive? They do. This ismuch more than us, humans, have. In addition to using smell as a way to decide whichfood to eat, cats can also use smell to determine if an environment is safe to enter. 6
  7. 7. Smelling is also a method of communication for felines. It has been said that cats cansmell odors that humans cant even detect.Now that you know how your cats five main senses are, you may be able to betterunderstand the behavior that your cat displays and the habits that they develop. Withthat said, also be sure to use your best judgment. If your cat is refusing to eat their food,it may be something more serious than them just not liking the smell of their cat food. Ifyour cat appears to lose or have problems with the above mentioned senses, you shouldconsider scheduling an appointment with your veterinarian. 7
  8. 8. Chapter 4: Tips For Understanding Your CatAre you a new pet owner? If you have just purchased a new cat, you may be excited!After all, you should be. Owning a cat is a huge responsibility, but it is one that is filledwith many great rewards. There is nothing better than seeing love and compassion inthe eyes of your cat. In fact, that it not all that you will see.When you and your new pet get to know each other more, you will begin to notice manytraits and characteristics that your cat displays. After all, all living animals have theirown personalities. In no time at all, you will be understanding your cat, just like he orshe is one of the kids or another human being.As nice as it is to hear that you may be understanding your pet in no time at all, you maybe looking for more information. After all, you may be curious as to how you willunderstand your pet. No, you will not receive a human response when talking to yourpet, but there are other signals that your pet may send you. To be the best pet ownerpossible and to provide your cat with proper care, it is important for you notice and takeaction when these signals are displayed.So, what signal should you look for when understanding your cat? For starters, do youknow when your cat may be ready to fight? Whether your cat is ready to attack you,another person in your home, or another pet, this is a sign that you need to be on thelookout for. Although cats are almost always safe and cuddly, some do have angerissues. If your cat has his head down and is in a crouching position, he may be ready topounce. Many cats will also try to hide behind an object, such as a couch so that theycannot be seen.Cats, like humans, and other pets can develop a wide array of emotions, including anger.Even if your cat does not pounce or attack, he or she may still be upset. Many cats willmove their tail in a horizontal pattern. In fact, it will seem like your cat is lashing his orher tail back and forth, not just moving it. Some cats will also deal with their anger byhiding or retreating to an area that they feel comfortable or safe in.Although some cats will pounce with the intent to play, many other cats will displayother playful signals. A happy cat and one who wants to play is usually very active.Your cat, when happy and excited, may always be on the move. He or she may be extracuddly with you, hoping that you will provide them with extra attention and playtime.Another sign of a happy and excited cat is one whose head, tail, and ears are straight up. 8
  9. 9. As previously stated, the reward of being a cat owner is seeing love and compassion inyour cats eyes. What you may not realize is that this is actually something that you maybe able to notice. It has been said that cats who squint when looking at you, are showingyou that they do love and care for you. It has also been said that biting and licking areadditional ways that cats show love and affection.The above mentioned examples, are just a few of the many that you will want to be onlookout for when trying to understand your cat. As a reminder, the process ofunderstanding your cat isnt one that should be rushed. All you need to do is give yourcat the proper amount of love and attention, watch their reactions, and make note of anyhabits your new friend may develop. In time, you will and your new pet will soon beunderstanding each other. How To End Cat Behavior Problems Fast Watch funny cat videos on FunnyCatVideos.tv 9
  10. 10. Chapter 5: The Cat WhispererA cat whisper is somewhat similar to a dog or horse whisperer, although cat whisperersrelate quite well with cats. These types of people are unusually lucky and verysuccessfully with cats. In most cases, a cat will be abandoned or just show up atsomeones door. In this event, the cat will adopt this individual as the cat whisperer.Often times, alley cats and black cats will show up at someones door and decide tomove into their homes. This can be a result of abandonment, or the cats family movingaway and simply leaving the cat behind. Sometimes, the cat may decide that he likessomeone elses home better and decide to move there instead of staying with his owner.A lot of people will tell you that a cat whisperer can be thought of as a therapist for cats.Almost all cat whisperers havent have any type of training, what they know just seemsto come to them naturally. These types of people understand the way a cat thinks andknows how to work with the cat to achieve the results they want. Even though manythink of a cat whisperer as a therapist, it actually couldnt be further from the truth.Cats who have been abused or mistreated, often times wont respond to anyone but a catwhisperer. Although others may have tried to help the cat, it will only make mattersworse by making the cat feel scared and afraid. In most cases, these cats will end up in apound. This is very tragic, as the cats have already endured more than they ever shouldhave. A majority of the cats who have been abused were once loved pets. Along theway, they were abandoned, mistreated, attacked by dogs, and in some cases tortured.Cats who have been treated unfairly often times wont trust anyone. They are often timesconfused, in a lot of pain, and not sure what they should do. Like humans, cats feelpain. Those that have been physically abused are a sad sight indeed. Emotionallydamaged cats may appear to be in perfect health on the outside, although their emotionsare a wreck. Emotionally abused cats are much harder to get through to, especially ifthey were stray cats to begin with.Cat whisperers on the other hand, can communicate with physically and emotionallyabused cats. Cats know who they will choose to be their cat whisperer, which isnormally an individual they sense trust with. Cat whisperers are common with cats,although most people have never heard of them before. Even though a cat whisperermay be able to communicate better with cats, it will still take time to heal a cat that hasbeen abused. 10
  11. 11. Chapter 6: Benefits Of Playing With Your CatPlaying with your cat is the best possible way to build up a bond between the two ofyou. She will become more attached and you will feel closer to her.The best way to ensure that your cat does not become overweight is by feeding himcorrectly with a balanced diet, but exercise also plays a part in keeping your kittyhealthy. If yours is an indoor cat, then playing with you may be his only opportunity forexertion and staying trim.Playing will help your cat to become confident. Also regular play periods, coupled withpetting sessions, will get your cat used to human interaction, he will be less likely to shyaway and hide, when visitors call.Playing will help your cat develop his hunting abilities. Hunting is a natural instinct forall cats, a cat confined to indoors usually has little chance to express and develop thisinstinct. Encourage kitty to chase a toy mouse, allow him to pounce for the kill. Thiswill aid him should he ever get lost and need to find food.Playing will help your cat release aggression. Cats often display aggressive traitsthrough boredom. Tutor your cat not to scratch, bite or attack you with play sessions.Use praise to reward your cat for playing gently, as soon as he shows any sign he isabout to use his teeth or claws - end the play session. This will teach your cat thataggressive cat behavior is best directed to his toys, and not you!Cats need fun in their lives, just like humans need it. Relieve the monotony of eating,snoozing and using the litter box by putting a bit of fun in your cats life. You will have ahappier, more confident and less aggressive kitty. 11
  12. 12. Chapter 7: Cat MythologyCats as Familiars Cats as familiars have a long and dark history in western mythology. These cats oftenfound their way into literature. One of the most famous was Grimalkin, the witches catfrom Shakespeares MacBeth. Cats as witchs companions are still a part of the popularsymbology associated with the modern holiday of Halloween. What is a familiar? In western mythology a familiar was an animal companion givenby the devil to a witch in order to help her with her evil magic. These familiars wouldhave names just like any other pet. In the middle ages, if you were caught talking toyour pet (like a lot of people do) you were considered to be consorting with the devil inspeaking to w obviously your familiar. The Middle Ages were a very dark and violentperiod in Europe. Their alternative name "Dark Ages" should come as no surprise.Learning was confined to clergy and nobility. The general population was therefore quiteignorant and prone to superstition. A familiar could be any type of animal such as a toad, dog or cat. Black cats becamethe traditionally cited companion and hence cats became particularly reviled. In 1233Pope Gregory IX wrote in his Papal Bull "Vox in Rama" actually denounced black catsas satanic. The Popes proclamation began the persecution of cats all over Europe.Thousands and thousands of cats were burned alive in the attempt to drive out the evilSatan. Wild tales of these cats shape shifting into other creatures were common amongthe populace and justified these terrible acts in their minds. When the power of theKnights Templar was broken, some of the knights were said to have confessed toworshiping cats. As these so-called confessions were given under extreme torture, theywould seem to speak more to the attitudes of their inquisitors than to anything theTemplars themselves had actually done. Why were black cats in particular singled out? There are a couple of legends that mightexplain this singular revulsion. In the first legend, so the story goes, is that cats whowere born at the end of blackberry season were called blackberry cats. According to thislegend, the end of blackberry season coincides with the expulsion of Satan from heaven.When he fell he landed on a blackberry bush which he defiled with his urine and spit.Thus, blackberry cats, especially black ones are associated with the devil in this tale.The second tale comes from Italy. The Italian witches, called streghe, tell a legend aboutDiana who is goddess of the moon and also called "Queen of the Witches". Her brotherwho was known in ancient times as Apollo, is renamed Lucifer (Light Bearer) in this 12
  13. 13. tale. Supposedly, Diana wanted to have a son by Lucifer, so she attempted to trick himby taking the shape of a black cat. As you can see, these stories were pretty wild, and yet the people of those dark timestook them as the gospel truth. The irony of this superstitious hysteria against cats wasthat by destroying the cats the Europeans nearly destroyed themselves. Cats had beenused for centuries to keep down the population of vermin, especially mice and rats.When their predators were destroyed, the vermin population exploded. They ate largeamounts of grain that had been meant for human consumption resulting in widespreadhunger among the people. Even worse than the hunger was that the enormous numbersof rats became disease carriers. The worst of these diseases was the bubonic plague,otherwise known as the Black Death. The Plagues of the Middle Ages are terribleinstance of the repercussions that can befall humans due to misplaced zeal. 13
  14. 14. Chapter 8: Great Gifts For Cat LoversThere are a lot of great gifts that you can give to cat lovers, although photo frames areamong the most popular. Photo frames are very affordable, and make a great gift foranyone who owns a cat or other pet. Those who own more than one cat will trulyappreciate photo frames – as it gives them a chance to show off their pet. Cat lovers canalso frame pictures of their pet for memories as well – and keep them forever and ever.Before you give a cat lover a gift, you should take into consideration what type of cat theperson owns. There are several breeds out there, including tabby, pure breeds, calico,Persian, and of course the infamous Siamese breeds. Someone may own several cats aswell, which is why you should know a little bit about the breed or breeds someone ownsbefore you get them a gift.You should take into consideration whether or not the cat lover has an outdoor or indoorcat. Cats, unlike dogs, are more than happy to spend all of their time outdoors. Outdoorcats can be a lot of fun, especially if the owner spends a lot of time outdoors. Cats havea natural urge to go outside, even if the owner has an indoor cat.Cats who reside indoors are less exposed to sicknesses and common health problemsthat outdoor cats are exposed to. Indoor cats are almost always trained to use the litterbox, which makes them easy to maintain for their owners. Nearly all gifts that you canget for a cat lover are designed for those who keep their pet indoors.If you"re looking for a humorous yet exciting gift, you can always give the gift ofcatnip. Catnip is one of the most popular treats for cats, as its a naturally occurringplant that has a unique affect on a cat. Catnip gives off aromatic oils that will oftenmake cats appear to be drunk and very hyper – which is always great entertainment forboth owners and guests. Catnip is completely safe for cats to consume, often timesbeing included with gifts such as chew toys and play balls.Other great gifts for cat lovers include decorative mats with cat pictures, which you canget personalized for the owner if you prefer. You can also give cat videos, musical catdolls, cat shaped mail boxes, toys and treats, and various other goodies that are directedtowards cat lovers. If you do your shopping on the Internet, youll find that thepossibilities are endless. Cats are very popular pets – meaning that youll have notrouble finding the perfect gift for the cat lover in your life. 14
  15. 15. How To End Cat Behavior Problems FastWatch funny cat videos on FunnyCatVideos.tv 15
  16. 16. MATERIAL CONNECTION DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the author of this book has anaffiliate relationship and/or another material connection to the providers of goods and servicesmentioned in this book and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. You shouldalways perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline. 16

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