Humans who want to succeed in teaching animals desired behaviors need to understand what animals are saying to us and to other animals. This means understanding both the range of behaviors that are typical for a species and also the personality of the particular individual.
Those who want to understand dogs can find a lot of books and videos. This isn’t necessarily a good thing because books and videos about dogs range in quality from really super helpful to downright dangerous, and people don’t necessarily know who to believe.
Knowledgeable professionals are starting to publish more resources for cat people. One of the most useful I’ve looked at so far on reading cats’ language of gesture is What Is My Cat Saying: Feline Communication 101 by Carol Byrnes and Jacqueline Munera. This CD includes a thorough PowerPoint presentation with lots of photos and videos of cats in action, communicating with each other and with their humans. You can buy it at Dogwise.com. Although Dogwise publishes and sells products about dogs, they do have a few other titles directed at understanding and living well with cats.
Let’s read some cat to cat communication. Why did Cheshire decide to hang around with Bleu?
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