Wednesday 2 July 2014

Daniel "DQ" Quagliozzi Cat Behaviorist

Daniel "DQ" Quagliozzi is a cat behaviorist who didn't always like cats. He was one of those people who squirted water at cats to shoo them away. He learned that from its parents I suppose but then he learned something different from a huge black cat who wouldn't go away; in fact he came back every day despite what Daniel was doing and thereby he gained Daniel's respect which turned to love. A nice story for a cat behaviourist.

Daniel ended up working in cat rescue (SPCA) and it seems he learned a lot about cat behaviour there but he wanted to go into people's houses and deal with specific so-called "cat behaviour problems" in a hands-on practical way rather than simply discussing the matter at a theoretical level.

He appears to have wanted to make a change, make a difference and he probably learnt quite quickly that in order to make a difference almost every time he has to change the attitudes and behaviour of the cat's owner not the cat himself.

Cat behaviour is really all about people behaviour. We know that. And there lies some inherent problems because a lot of people have entrenched ideas about domestic cats and they may also have entrenched lifestyles both of which present barriers to Daniel in his work. Many people for instance don't have the time to commit to change.

In speaking about his work, Daniel hints quite strongly I think about some of the frustrations of his work which is the reluctance of some cat owners to adjust their ways in order to better accommodate the natural drives and instincts of the domestic cat.

You can't impose your will upon a cat. You simply have to adjust and find ways whereby both the cat owner and the cat can live in harmony and both can express natural behaviour as near as possible within the human domestic environment. That is easier done for a person than a cat.

Daniel has a television programme coming up in the autumn, called Animal House, which is about improving facilities at animal shelters as I understand it. The team go into a shelter and do a makeover. That's my interpretation of what is going to happen. Daniel obviously knows a lot about animal shelters but then again if you know a lot about cat behaviour you know what sort of facilities fit with that kind of behaviour.

The information about Daniel comes from the Catster + Seresto® page on Catster.

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Cute and Scared Himalayan Kitten on Moving Carpet

You can't beat a cute kitten for entertainment. This is the first time I have seen a kitten reacting like this because the ground under her is moving. I have guessed the kitten's gender.

The kitten is a pointed Persian (Himalayan) and her name Mushu from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. That is a genuine Persian rug! Nice to see a Persian cat in the Middle East. The breed is meant to come from the Middle East.

Prey of Domestic Cats (average frequency of mammals, birds, reptiles)

Average frequency of occurrence of mammals, birds and reptiles in the diet of the domestic cat based on gut or scat (feces) analysis in relation to cats in the northern hemisphere, meaning Europe and N.America combined, and on islands with and without seabirds.

Here is a spreadsheet with the data:

This is important information because there is often a lot of discussion about the domestic cat preying on wildlife. These figures are based on a large number of studies.

"What is observed locally is not necessarily representative on a wider scale"

"estimates of total predation....are meaningless from an ecological point of view unless put into relation to the entire population of that prey species and its annual production rate"

"Careful studies are still needed before 'condemning' all cats to an indoor life, or even forbidding them as pets."

(quotes from the book referred to as the source for the figures).

Basic Data on Reproduction of the Domestic Cat

A spreadsheet showing some basic facts which some people might find useful from time to time.

Domestic cats mating

Copycat Plastic Bag Cat Killing in West Knoxsville

Someone is copying the nasty NY cat killer who killed cats with a blunt instrument and put the bodies in black plastic bags strung along the branch of a tree. Sociopathic behavior. Well, I reckon someone living in Knoxville has read the news about the plastic bag cat killer and copied him. A red tabby cat, Mango, is one example. She was found in woods....
"She was in a plastic bag with blue ties."
Sound like the NY cat killing monster? I think so.
"I loved Mango. She was so sweet. When we figured out what happened to her it was surreal." says Brookie Smothers

The residents believe someone is trapping the cats and killing them. There is a war in America between people who hate cats, domestic, stray or feral, it does not matter what, and people who are more sensitive towards animals and cats in particular.

The war is played out in communities anywhere and sometimes in innocuous woods - somewhere quiet and isolated - where nasty things happen to cats.

The area appears to be the Northshore community.

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