Seven Instinctive Feline Behaviors

There are seven instinctive behaviors common to all members of the feline family. If you understand these behaviors, you will be well on the way to understanding your cat.

1) Flight Behavior
2) Chase Behavior
3) Hunting/Stalking Behavior
4) Territorial Behavior
5) Aggressive Behavior
6) Social Behavior
7) Vocal Behavior

About the author: Bash Dibra, author of Cat Speak, is an internationally acclaimed animal behaviorist and trainer. His celebrity clients include Martin Scorsese, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mariah Carey, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin and Naomi Campbell, among others. He is a member of the Bronx County Kennel Club, as well as the Animal Behavior Society, the ASPCA and the Humane Society of New York, and is on the board of directors of New York SAVE, a nonprofit organization devoted to saving animals in veterinary emergency. Bash is a recipient of the New York State Humane Association Award and the New York City Veterinary Medical Association Unsung Hero Award. He resides in Riverdale, New York, with six dogs, four cats and a bird. Visit for more.

Reprinted from Cat Speak by Bash Dibra © 2001. Permission granted by New American Library.

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