The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends; it will not be kennelled or harnessed nor suffer any dictation as to its goings out or comings in. Saki
Welcome to Celia Haddon’s cat pages. The photos here are mine, unless the caption says otherwise. My current cats are Tilly and now Toby who is a thieving cat with crossed eyes! My previous cats, alas now dead, have been Fat Ada, Little Mog, William and Gorgeous George. You can read George’s blog with his opinions about whether humans make good pets. I am now answering questions about cats in Your Cat magazine.
I have written several best-selling books about cats. 100 Ways to be More Like Your Cat, Toby the Cross Eyed Stray and Tilly the Ugliest Cat in the Shelter are the three latest. The latter tells the story of how I rescued Tilly and she rescued me. Tilly is now on Twitter. Articles on this website deal with some of the common problems. Bookmark this site for any future queries. I hope the information will help humans and cats live together happily.
I studied for a master’s degree in clinical animal behaviour at Lincoln University, a world leader in cat research! They helped me learn to train cats. I am still writing books about cats. And I have given lectures about cat behaviour to Oxford adult education and Ruskin Anglia university.
If you are interested in helping feral kittens, I have posted several videos of training Abby the Tabby here.
I offer a free science based talk on common cat problems to veterinary staff in my area and a talk on cats and gardens in return for a charity donation. I have also done a couple of talks about cats and predation – the conservation lobby is increasingly hostile to cats. You can hear me here.
In many articles I have referenced this information, giving names and dates in brackets which match up with the reference list at the end. If you are an ordinary reader, don’t let this worry you. The references are here to show that the information is science based. And also to help students learn more. Many companion animal behaviour courses ignore cats in favour of dogs: so feline loving students have to do their own research. A good experts’ guide to what cats need can be downloaded from here.
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International Cat Care – A website with information on diseases and behavioural problems which can be downloaded. Aways consult this website before buying a pedigree kitten, as it has information on inherited diseases and breeders’ registers.
Cats Protection – Britain’s major cat rescue charity. Downloads on cat care and cat problems. If you want to adopt a cat, put in your post code for your nearest branch.
http://www.catprofessional.com – Cat vet Sarah Caney’s website has useful information for cat owners, including Caring for a cat with Kidney Disease and Caring for a Cat with Hyperthryroidism
http://www.learnabout.cats.co.uk A website to help you understand your cat’s body language. It is still at the early stages.
Pain specialist vet in Scotland. Fergus Coutts specialises in chronic pain.
http://cattitude.vpweb.com Jane Ehrlich, cat behaviourist in the USA.
Good articles on all cat subjects here.
These notes are my copyright. I am also usually happy to have the exact words reproduced on websites, in return for a link, my name, and if permission is asked beforehand. I like to check the websites where it might be used. Email me via this website for permission which will usually be given. Organisations wishing to use them in print should contact me via this website. Copyright © 2007 Celia Haddon. All Rights Reserved.
All normal safety precautions should be taken when dealing with animals. The advice in this section should be taken only at the owner’s own risk. All sick animals should be seen by a vet.
General advice of the kind found in this website is no substitute for an individual consultation with a vet or qualified behaviourist working on a vet’s referral.