Cat Behavior


Cat Behavior Books and DVDs

Tawzer Dog Videos has a small selection of  DVDs on cat behavior, which include recorded seminars on socialization of fearful and feral cats.  Instead of purchasing the DVDs, you can also purchase a monthly rental plan (similar to Netflix) starting at $10/month.  Cat DVD section.

These are some of my favorite books on cat behavior.  These are more technical and can be challenging to read, especially The Domestic Cat: the Biology of its Behavior.

Turner, Dennis and Patrick Bateson, editors.  2013.  The Domestic Cat: The Biology of its Behavior.  Cambridge University Press.

Bradshaw, John, Rachel Casey, and Sarah Brown.  2013.  The Behavior of the Domestic Cat.  CABI.

Beaver, Bonnie.  2003.  Feline Behavior.  Saunders.

These books are easier reads, but still informative.  Cat versus Cat is especially helpful for understanding cat interactions, and it also provides practical information for reintroducing a lost cat to its housemates, which can prove to be challenging.

Johnson-Bennett, Pam.  2004.  Cat vs. Cat: Keeping the Peace When You Have More Than One Cat.  Penguin Books.

Tabor, Roger.  2003.  Understanding Cat Behavior.  David & Charles.

Beadle, Muriel.  1977.  The Cat: History, Biology and Behavior.  Simon & Schuster.

Books on Lost Cats and Human Behavior

These books are not so much about lost cat behavior as they are about human behavior when a cat goes missing.  Since this is an integral part of lost cat recovery, I recommend reading both books.

Paul, Caroline.  2013.  Lost Cat: A True Story of Love, Desperation, and GPS Technology.  Bloomsbury.

Davidson, Nancy.  2013.  The Secrets of Lost Cats: One Woman, Twenty Posters, and a New Understanding of Love.  St. Martin’s Press.

Cat Behavior Webinars

Animal Behavior Associates offers moderately priced telecourses on both dog and cat behavior.

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers offers both free and moderately priced webinars.  Mostly dog topics, but there are a few on cats.

PetsMart Charities offers a large selection of educational resources including free recorded webinars on dog and cat behavior.  Most are aimed at sheltering or rescue work.

ASPCA Professional offers a moderate selection of free recorded webinars on dog and cat behavior.

Articles on Lost Cat Behavior

Don’t forget to check out all the articles relating to lost cat behavior on the Lost Pet Research blog.