ABSTRACT: Cats are the favoured domestic companion in the USA and their numbers are closely approaching that status in the UK. Yet the cat’s motivation for their behaviours, particularly those that stretch the limits of the human-cat bond, remain a mystery to many owners. By looking at the cat’s journey to domestication, we gain an understanding of the motivation for some of the cat’s natural behaviours, providing the veterinary team with answers to frequent owner queries.


Claire Hargrave MSC BSc(Hons) PGCE CSci CChem MRSC CCAB

Claire is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and a Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors who worked in veterinary practice for over 30 years. Claire currently lectures in behaviour and runs a specialist referral practice for companion animal behaviour cases located in South West Wales.

Keywords: Clinical, Cats, Domestication

To cite this article:  Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 30 (09) • September 2015 • pp263-266

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