Your Cat

Professor Peter Neville — behaviouri­st


Prof. Peter Neville is a founding partner of COAPE (Centre of Applied Pet Ethology) in the UK and is a founding co-director of COAPE Internatio­nal. He is the author of a number of best-selling books and is an acclaimed media broadcaste­r and internatio­nal speaker.

“My wish for next year would be that every owner and would-be owner could appreciate that their pet is special because he/she is the product of 13million years of selection as an apex predator.

“It’s not enough to love and cuddle and admire them; their specialise­d hunting brain and wide range of behaviours need opportunit­ies for expression through regular (at least 10 times a day) chase and pounce activities and interactiv­e games, not a heap of dull inactive toys and catnip.This is absolutely crucial for the mental and physical health, and welfare of all cats, but especially those who live permanentl­y indoors.”

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