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Title:
The total cat : understanding your cat's physical and emotional behavior from kitten to old age
Author:
Wilbourn, Carole, 1940-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Quill, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxxvii, 233 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780380790517
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Hailed as "the founding mother of cat psychology," Carole Wilbourn has received international attention for her feline expertise. With her emphasis on treating the total cat, the "Wilbourn Ways" to a healthy cat follow the guiding principles of the ancient Greeks -- a sound mind in a sound body. Wilbourn explains how to talk to your cat -- and how to listen. She provides tools that can help you recognize, understand, and respond to your cat's body language, vocalization, and facial expressions -- the keys to your cat's behavior.

Wilbourn addresses specific situations that may develop with even the best-cared-for feline. You will learn how to detect the underlying causes to your cat's problem behavior -- whether yours is antisocial, self-destructive, or an overly aggressive "attack cat" -- and you'll receive invaluable guidance on everything from your cat's eating disorders and litter box aversion to its phobias and depression.

Whether you're introducing a new cat or person into your feline's environment or caring for an abused refugee, The Total Cat provides the insights necessary for understanding your cat at every stage of its life.


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Booklist Review

Wilbourn has been a feline behaviorist and therapist for more than 20 years, practicing in partnership with various veterinarians in New York. Here she provides good general information about the care, feeding, and medical needs of cats, but the real strength of the book lies in her discussions of cat behavior. From the selection of a cat by its age and personality type, along with suggestions for finding a good match for the character and lifestyle of the potential owner, to fitting a cat into a household that may include other pets to causes and cures of less desirable feline behavioral traits, the author covers all aspects of cat behavior. How to discriminate between a cat displaying an unusual but normal reaction to stimuli, like drooling when very happy, and a behavioral disorder, such as over-aggression, are clearly defined in easy-to-understand language. Books that base the care of companion animals on an understanding of the basics of their behavior are extremely welcome additions to the cadre of how to books on pets, and Wilbourn's offering will be an excellent addition to any collection. --Nancy Bent