My Mama is very resourceful when it comes to finding the best ways in bringing up her furkids…She has millions (ok, maybe am exaggerating…I mean…heaps) of books on the subject of cats and their maintenance. We would be spending quality time reading the books together.
My Mama would be consulting me on the subject frequently. She would always ask me, “Is this true Angelina?” whenever she reads a passage that pique her interest. I have posted a picture of one of the best books I’ve read on the matter of cat rearing here. It’s been written and designed like a techie manual, only 222 pages. So fun to read! I guess the writers, American vet Dr David Brunner and Sam Stall are fun people.
Let me give excerpts from the book. This is actually my favourite part – pp 212-216: Troubleshooting. The chapter intro speaks for itself.
“For easy access, this section contains answers to frequently asked questions about common feline behavior issues, malfunctions, and quirks. When problems arise with you model, this should be the first place you look.”
There’s a 5-page table after the intro. Here are some of my favourite items:
MALFUNCTION 1: Cat gets stuck in trees
CAUSE AND SOLUTION: A trick of physiology makes it very easy for cats to climb trees but difficult for them to climb down. During ascent the feline uses its powerful hindquarters and inward-curving claws to gain altitude. But during descent it must rely on its weaker forelimbs and its claws point in the wrong direction to be of use. However, it is unnecessary to call the fire department if your feline climbs a tree. Its finely tuned sense of balance will save it from falling. In time it will escape on its own – often by backing down rump first.
ANGELINA’S 2CENTS WORTH: DON’T CALL 000 IF YOUR CAT’S STUCK ON THAT TREE!!! (unless you have a scaredy cat like Brad)
MALFUNCTION 2: Cat seems to make a point of pestering visitors who fear or dislike felines, yet ignores guests who love cats
CAUSE AND SOLUTION: People who like cats tend to stare at them. Unfortunately, an unflinching stare is considered an aggressive challenge in the feline world. Thus, cats may shy away from people who pay them too much attention. Conversely, they may gravitate toward those who don’t make eye contact – even if they avoid doing so because they cannot stand the sight of cats.
ANGELINA’S 2CENTS WORTH: I’M FRIENDLY TO EVERYONE SO EVERYONE MUST BE FRIENDLY TO ME TOO!!! FAIR?
MALFUNCTION 3: Cat meows, moans, howls and makes other sounds constantly, seemingly for no particular reason
CAUSE AND SOLUTION: Cats may engage in “hypervocalisation” for a number of reasons. Some breeds, such as the Siamese, are hardwired to make a tremendous racket. In such cases, the phenomenon simply must be accepted. However, formerly quiet cats who suddenly mount sonic assaults on their owners could be suffering from any of a number of software or hardware glitches. An unspayed female will “call” for mates when in season and an unneutered male may cry out in response. Other causes range from brain tumors to cognitive dysfunction to physical pain. However, in most cases, the cat is probably doing it for attention. Consult your vet if the problem persists.
ANGELINA’S 2CENTS WORTH: I THINK THE LAST BUT ONE SENTENCE SUMS UP BRAD’S WEIRDO BEHAVIOUR(Dr T says Brad may have some Siamese blood!!)
MALFUNCTION 4: Cat eats grass
CAUSE AND SOLUTION: The cat may extract nutrients from the greens or it may eat them to aid digestion. Whatever the reason, moderate grass consumption is natural and not dangerous – with two caveats. Do not allow an indoor cat to chew on houseplants (many are toxic), and do not allow a feline to dine on lawns that were recently chemically treated.
ANGELINA’S 2CENTS WORTH: HEHEHE…AM GUILTY OF THIS! MUST CONFESS THAT I LOVE MY MAMA’S LEMONGRASS…YUMMY…
MALFUNCTION 5: Cat displays complete lack of autonomous function, refuses to clean itself, and displays subpar intelligence
CAUSE AND SOLUTION: Consult your vet. You may have accidentally acquired a dog.
ANGELINA’S 2CENTS WORTH: OR SOMEONE LIKE BRAD!!!
Title: The Cat Owner's Manual - operating instructions, troubleshooting tips, and advice on lifetime maintenance
Authors: Dr David Brunner and Sam Stall
Publisher: Quirk Books (www.quirkbooks.com)
Price: US$14.95/AU$24.95 (Mama got it at Angus&Robertson)
Owners get a certificate too!