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Behaviour

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General Behaviour Notes

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A Bundle Of Fury - General
The cat will not rush headlong into situations without first taking stock, it is not a timid creature. Unlike the dog, which will usually rush off in the face of danger, the cat will stand its ground. By arching its back to make itself look bigger than it really is, snarling, hissing, and spitting, it looks a formidable opponent. Most dogs will not stay to face such a bundle of fury.

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Alarm Clock - General
Any household with at least one feline member has no need for an alarm clock. - Louise Belcher Quote

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An Angry Cat - General
When a cat becomes angry they fluff their tails out to twice the normal size, and a ridge of fur standing up along the spine shows that the cat is more than ready to fight.

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Apartment Living - General
Cats appreciate a garden, but many live happily in apartments and get sufficient exercise from chasing a ball around. They all love sleeping in the sun and if there is a small balcony suitable for this it should be wired in, if high up, as cats do not always land on their feet as commonly supposed, and a fall from a height may result in death or a broken limb. If there is no balcony, a small wire frame could be made to fit the window exactly, so that it may be left open in suitable weather.

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As Good As... - General
The cat who frightens the mice away is as good as the cat who eats them.

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Better Off - General
By and large, people who enjoy teaching animals to roll over will find themselves happier with a dog.

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Brave And Courageous - General
Cats can be very brave and there are many stories of instances when they have awakened people to warn them of fire, or leaking gas, or floods. They are particular courageous when they have kittens, and if danger threatens they will never leave their kittens and go to the greatest lengths to get them to a safe place.

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Bringing Your New Kitten Home - General
Bringing Your New Kitten Home On arriving at his new home the kitten should be put in a room with the windows closed and the fireplace and chimney covered (if there is one), as these days of central heating he may never have seen a fire and may consider the chimney a means of escape- with disastrous results. A litter tray should be ready, as he may need to use it after his journey. It should be low enough for the kitten to get into and out with ease, and should be filled with cat litter. It is advisable to change the contents frequently as cats are fastidious animals, refusing to use smelly trays. It should always be kept in the same spot, so that the kitten knows where to go. If a garden is available, he could be taken out there under guard once he has settled in. When he first arrives he may be nervous and a little miserable in strange surroundings, missing his mother and his little brothers and sisters. He should be allowed to wander around the room as he pleases, and should not be fussed over unduly.

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Built For Great Speed - General
The cat is built for great speed. Although it is most often seen lazily relaxing this is because it really is a nocturnal animal. When the cat is hunting it moves quickly and silently, covering the ground in great leaps.

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Cat Mathematician - General
Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience. - Pam Brown Quote

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Cats Communicating With Humans - General
Cats communicate more than most animals with humans and with each other by the way they move their ears and tails. They have many eloquent facial expressions and can portray disapproval, fear, anger, pleasure and many other emotions.

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Cats Dislike Loud Noises - General
Cats dislike high voices, loud noises and violent noises, they like flowers and are attracted by bright colours.

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Cats Love Grass - General
Cats love to be near grass. They love the gentle movement as the grass is caught in the breeze, they enjoy hunting the insects that abound in the undergrowth, and thay like to eat grass too, as this is a natural medicine. For town cats with no access to a grassy patch it is important to provide grass grown in pots or boxes.

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Constant Challenge - General
The constant challenge to decipher feline behavior is perhaps one of the most fascinating qualities of owning a cat.

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Curiosity Killed The Cat - General
Curiosity Killed The Cat. So goes the old saying which must be far from true because the cat is a naturally cautious animal. Without doubt it is an inquisitive creature but it would not take unnecessary risks to satisfy that curiosity.

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Domestic - General
The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends...

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Ears Indicate A Cats Mood - General
Except for some white cats which are born deaf, a cats hearing is acute, and their ears will pick up the slightest sound. Ears also indicate a cats mood, a flick acknowledges that you have been heard, but when the ears are flattened and lie close to the head itis a danger signal and it is wiser not to handle a cat when in such a mood.

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Fireside - General
Cats at firesides live luxuriously and are the picture of comfort.

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Flatter The Cat - General
A dog will flatter you but you have to flatter the cat.

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Instinct - General
If a cat does something, we call it instinct; if we do the same thing, for the same reason, we call it intelligence.

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Introducing A Child And Kitten - General
If there is a child in the house he must be taught that a small kitten needs plenty of sleep, and also that the kitten should not be regarded as a toy to be picked up and pulled about willy-nilly. The child should be shown the correct way to hold the kitten, with one hand under and around the back and the other under the chest. A kitten must never be picked up by the back of the neck, as this may damage the muscles. Mother cats only carry their kittens this way when very small.

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Introducing A Dog Or Another Cat - General
If there is a new dog or cat in the house with your cat, they should not be left alone together for the first few days until it is clear that they are friendly. Patience may be needed to achieve this, and to avoid jealousy care must be taken not to make too much of the new arrival in front of older pets.

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Later - General
Dogs come when they're called, cats take a message and get back to you later.

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Moeow! - General
It is believed that the cats mieow is reserved for their conversations with humans but when they talk to each other there are as many as a hundred different sounds and tones they can use.

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Probability - General
The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world.

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Purrs Of Happiness - General
A cats voice is the most expressive, and can indicate all the various moods. They can be demanding, cajaling, bullying or merely conversational, they leave you in no doubt when they are hungry or cross or disapproving, and equally there is no mistaking their purr of happiness, a sound only made by cats.

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Scatching - General
It is necessary for a cat to scatch in order to keep its claws in perfect condition. As the outer shell of the nail becomes worn it needs to be pulled off, rather as we clip a brocken fingernail. A scratching post is a necessity for indoor cats and will save your furniture!

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Senses - General
Cat senses are attuned for hunting. Cats have highly advanced hearing, eyesight, taste, and touch receptors.

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Silent Walkers - General
Cats walk on their toes, and are notrious for their ability to walk completely silently. They do this because they retract, or draw in their claws, all except the Siamese, that is their claws are like those of a dog - unretractable.

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Stretching And Flexibility - General
A really good stretch is enjoyed by all cats, and it literally is a stretch for they appear to increase their length by a third. A cat has tremendous muscular energy and flexibility. There are more than five hundred mucles in its body to give the cat its splendid elasticity.

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Stupid - General
Even the stupidest cat seems to know more than any dog.

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Their Own Dish, Brush And Basket - General
Your cat should be provided with their own dishes, brush and basket, and these should be kept scrupulously clean.

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Unneuted Male Cats - General
Unneuted male cats can be very anti-social in their habits, spaying foul smelling urine all around their homes and territory. They love to pick fights if allowed out and go looking for receptive females.

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Washing And Cleaning - General
Cats are naturally fastidious creatures. They cannot bear to feel anything messy or sticky in their coat and they will spend a great deal of time washing and cleaning themselves. The tongue of the cat is covered with rasp-like protuberances which give the tongue that rough feeling and enables the cat to lick its coat clean. With its great flexibility the cat can reach most parts of its body with its tongue, except, of course, its head and this it washes by licking its paw and wiping the head and face over with this. It is still important to groom your cat everyday, as it is very good for preventing matting and they love it!

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