We recommend the following reading for kitten guardians:
Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-adjusted Cat – Not a Sour Puss by Pam Johnson-Bennett
A popular cat expert and award-winning author of four books on feline behavior reveals the key to a satisfying and rewarding relationship with your cat. Think it’s impossible to train a cat? Think again! Yes, you can learn to understand your cat. No, cats are not always aloof. No, they don’t ruin furniture out of spite. Most often feline “misbehavior” is the result of owners not understanding their cat’s needs. In this comprehensive book that takes readers through every step of cat ownership, Pam Johnson-Bennett helps you understand the instincts that determine feline behavior, positive and negative. An authoritative resource for cat owners of all stripes, Think Like a Cat covers everything from where to get a kitten to choosing a vet; from basic health care to treating more serious medical problems; from selecting an irresistible scratching post to avoiding litter box problems. A seasoned therapist and former veterinary technician, Johnson-Bennett offers welcome advice in a straightforward manner that will help cats—and their owners—share a happy, healthy life together.
Understanding and Training Your Cat or Kitten by H. Ellen Whiteley
Veterinarian Whiteley reveals everything there is to know about raising happy and healthy cats in the home, covering such subjects as selecting a cat or kitten, ways that cats communicate–with each other and with people–exercise and grooming, training, diseases, and aggressive behaviors.
Clicker Training for Cats by Karen Pryor
Positive Reinforcement that works! Clicker Training is the revolutionary new method of training that is kind, effective, fast, simple and fun! Written by Karen Pryor, the world-renowned pioneer of Clicker Training for Cats is an ideal introduction that shows you how to teach your cat: to come when called, to play without biting or scratching, to get along with dogs and other cats, to walk in a harness, to accept grooming and claw-clipping and tricks and games. Once you’ve mastered the basic principles of clicker training, you can use it for problem-solving and for expanding on your cat’s training – with the clicker, anything is possible!
The Domestic Cat: The biology of its behavior by Dennis C. Turner
Many myths and fables surround cats, leaving them open to persecution and misunderstanding. Covering all types from pampered pets to feral hunters, this completely revised new edition of The Domestic Cat shows how cats live and behave in a variety of circumstances and surroundings. With new chapters on welfare issues, and cat-cat communication, this volume penetrates the enigma that is Felis catus, sorting fact from fiction.
The Multiple-Cat Family by Sheila Webster Boneham, Ph.D.
Cats are one of the most popular pets, and for some, one is just not enough! If this is you, The Multiple-Cat Family will show you how to successfully keep all of your feline friends happy and healthy. In this guide you will find authoritative advice on how to provide the best home for your multiple cats, including information on feeding, health care, territoriality, and training for good behavior, plus much more.
Cat vs. Cat: keeping peace when you have more than one cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett
In this companion to her successful introduction to cat behavior Think Like a Cat, Pam Johnson-Bennett, the award-winning author and feline behaviorist, shows how adding another cat to your home does not have to be the start of a kitty apocalypse. Although cats are often misunderstood as natural loners, Johnson-Bennett shows how to plan, set up, and maintain a home environment that will help multiple cats—and their owners—live in peace. Cat vs. Cat will help readers understand the importance of territory, the specialized communication cats use to establish relationships and hierarchies, and how to interpret the so-called “bad behavior” that leads so many owners to needless frustration. Offering a wealth of information on how to diffuse tension, prevent squabbles and ambushes, blend two families, or help the elder kitty in your family, Cat vs. Cat is a welcome resource for both seasoned and prospective guardians of cat families large and small.