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 cat is Mr Spangles the Weirdo. My late much mourned cats were Tilly and Toby who was 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 have written several best-selling books about cats. The latest one is Being Your Cat, a serious look at what it is like to see, hear and act like a cat. It gives important insights into how cats think, feel and act. You can get it here.
Others include 100 Ways to be More Like Your Cat, One Hundred Ways for a Cat to Train its Human, Toby the Cross Eyed Stray and Tilly the Ugliest Cat in the Shelter are some of them. The latter tells the story of how I rescued Tilly and she rescued me. I am also 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 and to understand them better. 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.