The Trainable Cat

A Practical Guide to Making Life Happier for You and Your Cat

Author: John Bradshaw,Sarah Ellis

Publisher: Basic Books

ISBN: 0465096492

Category: Pets

Page: 352

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A New York Times Bestseller "I have to hand it to Bradshaw and Ellis: Once you suss out their basic cat-training philosophy, their methods totally work." --Slate We often assume that cats can't be trained, and don't need to be. But in The Trainable Cat, bestselling anthrozoologist John Bradshaw and cat expert Sarah Ellis show that cats absolutely must be trained in order to enrich the bond between pet and owner. Full of training tips and exercises--from introducing your cat to a new baby to helping them deal with visits to the vet--The Trainable Cat is the essential cat bible for cat owners and lovers. "I doubt you'll find a more well-informed or scientific book on cats that better shows you how feline thinking works."--Times (UK)

The Trainable Cat

How to Make Life Happier for You and Your Cat

Author: John Bradshaw,Sarah Ellis

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014197933X

Category: Pets

Page: 352

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'Amazing' Guardian From the on-screen experts for BBC2's Cat Watch, and based on their groundbreaking research - this is the ultimate guide to making your cat a happier, more sociable animal. The idea of a trained cat is a contradiction in terms, isn't it? Naturally solitary, wary, easily threatened by newcomers, they are attached to place rather than people, and much of their 'antisocial' behaviour arises in situations where that attachment is threatened. But, as cat experts Sarah Ellis and John Bradshaw argue, such stress-induced behaviour can be prevented, reduced, even eliminated, by training. A comprehensive and engaging step-by-step guide, The Trainable Cat will help you to help your cat negotiate the complexities of everyday life: to enjoy living with humans - including new babies and lively toddlers - and other pets; to answer to their name; settle into a new home; and to overcome the anxiety of a visit to the vet. You can train your cat to do what is in its own best interests - even when its instincts tell it otherwise. 'I doubt you'll find a more well-informed or scientific book on cats that better shows you how feline thinking works' The Times

Cat Sense

How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet

Author: John Bradshaw

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: 0465031013

Category: Pets

Page: 336

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Cats have been popular household pets for thousands of years, and their numbers only continue to rise. Today there are three cats for every dog on the planet, and yet cats remain more mysterious, even to their most adoring owners. Unlike dogs, cats evolved as solitary hunters, and, while many have learned to live alongside humans and even feel affection for us, they still don’t quite “get us” the way dogs do, and perhaps they never will. But cats have rich emotional lives that we need to respect and understand if they are to thrive in our company. In Cat Sense, renowned anthrozoologist John Bradshaw takes us further into the mind of the domestic cat than ever before, using cutting-edge scientific research to dispel the myths and explain the true nature of our feline friends. Tracing the cat’s evolution from lone predator to domesticated companion, Bradshaw shows that although cats and humans have been living together for at least eight thousand years, cats remain independent, predatory, and wary of contact with their own kind, qualities that often clash with our modern lifestyles. Cats still have three out of four paws firmly planted in the wild, and within only a few generations can easily revert back to the independent way of life that was the exclusive preserve of their predecessors some 10,000 years ago. Cats are astonishingly flexible, and given the right environment they can adapt to a life of domesticity with their owners—but to continue do so, they will increasingly need our help. If we’re to live in harmony with our cats, Bradshaw explains, we first need to understand their inherited quirks: understanding their body language, keeping their environments—however small—sufficiently interesting, and becoming more proactive in managing both their natural hunting instincts and their relationships with other cats. A must-read for any cat lover, Cat Sense offers humane, penetrating insights about the domestic cat that challenge our most basic assumptions and promise to dramatically improve our pets’ lives—and ours.

The Inner Life of Cats

The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions

Author: Thomas McNamee

Publisher: Hachette Books

ISBN: 0316262862

Category: Pets

Page: 288

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Our feline companions are much-loved but often mysterious. In The Inner Life of Cats, Thomas McNamee blends scientific reportage with engaging, illustrative anecdotes about his own beloved cat, Augusta, to explore and illuminate the secrets and enigmas of her kind. As it begins, The Inner Life of Cats follows the development of the young Augusta while simultaneously explaining the basics of a kitten's physiological and psychological development. As the narrative progresses, McNamee also charts cats' evolution, explores a feral cat colony in Rome, tells the story of Augusta's life and adventures, and consults with behavioral experts, animal activists, and researchers, who will help readers more fully understand cats. McNamee shows that with deeper knowledge of cats' developmental phases and individual idiosyncrasies, we can do a better job of guiding cats' maturation and improving the quality of their lives. Readers' relationships with their feline friends will be happier and more harmonious because of this book.

You CAN Train Your Cat

Secrets of a Master Cat Trainer

Author: Gregory Popovich

Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 142996507X

Category: Pets

Page: 240

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Since the beginning of time, cats have convinced the world that they are untrainable so they can do whatever they want...but those days are over! Gregory Popovich is a professional cat trainer who's trained cats to perform amazing circus-style tricks for television and stage, and he's about to reveal his most closely guarded secrets so cat lovers everywhere can put an end to the most common problems:- Stop bad litter box habits End early-morning howling Banish your cat from tabletops and countertops - Prevent begging before mealtime - Put an end to destructive clawing - Make peace between rival cats And so much more, including how to become an expert cat trainer at home and teach your cat to perform Gregory's favorite tricks, like jumping through a hoop or perching on your shoulders. This fun-to-read book also provides wonderful insights into the mysterious, complex feline mind, explaining why cats do the things they do so we can better understand them and enjoy a closer, more meaningful friendship.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting And Owning A Cat

Author: Sheila Webster Boneham

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440696438

Category: Pets

Page: 304

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Here is the comprehensive guide that every future and current cat owner needs to see their pet through a healthy and happy life. Includes information on finding the right cat, training, health care, nutrition, exercise, grooming, breeding (or not), travelling and boarding cats, and caring for the elderly or ageing cat. Includes an 8-page color insert. Author is an award-winning pet writer. Resources include registries and organizations, national breed clubs, rescure organizations, supplies and equipment, and suggested books, magazines, and internet sites.

Think Like a Cat

How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss

Author: Pam Johnson-Bennett

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101552670

Category: Pets

Page: 432

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America's favorite cat behavior expert, author of Catwise and Cat vs. Cat, offers the most complete resource for cat owners of all stripes, now fully updated and revised. "The queen of cat behavior" - Steve Dale, author of My Pet World Think it's impossible to train a cat? Think again! By learning how to think like a cat, you'll be amazed at just how easy it is. Whether you are a veteran cat lover, a brand-new owner of a sweet kitten, or the frustrated companion of a feline whose driving you crazy, Pam Johnson-Bennett will help you understand what makes your cat tick (as well as scratch and purr). Topics range from where to get a cat to securing a vet; from basic health care to treating more serious problems; choosing an inrresistible scratching post and avoiding litterbox problems. A comprehensive guide to cat care and training, she helps you understand the instincts that guide feline behavior. Using behavior modification and play therapy techniques, she shares successful methods that will help you and your cat build a great relationship. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Cat Training Is Easy!

How to Train a Cat, Solve Cat Behavior Problems and Teach Your Cat Tricks.

Author: Pamela Anne Moore

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781499714890

Category: Pets

Page: 120

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The relationship between humans and their cats is a beautiful, complex and at times, a frustrating one. Cats, by their very nature, are independent creatures. If they want to do something they will just go ahead and do it. Here is where, for you the poor owner, things can get frustrating. You see, many of the things that your cat wants to do, you definitely won't want it to do. Scratching, both people and furniture, fighting, jumping up and refusing to use the litter tray are just a few of those frustrations. But training your cat to be well behaved is possible. In fact it's not just possible, with the right knowledge, some patience and a bit of persistence, training your cat is easy! Inside this book you will learn simple techniques to correct the cat behavior issues mentioned above, but also many, many more. Dealing with aggressive behavior. Cats Vs cats. Cats Vs dogs. Protecting your - and your neighbor's plants. Understanding your cat. Using a cat flap. Essential differences between indoor and outdoor cats. Clicker training. Using a litter tray. Scratching furniture. Jumping up. You will also discover how to Teach your cat to walk on a leash. Come to you when called. Perform simple tricks. Get the most out of playtime. The best cat toys that your cat will love. Cat Training is Easy!, will guide you from the very basics of cat training, through to the advanced techniques used by professional animal trainers, all in a simple to understand and easy to read format. If you already own a cat or are thinking of getting a cat you really need this book. It will be your best friend, your mentor and your go-to guide when it comes to dealing with your unruly cat.

Adventure Cats

Living Nine Lives to the Fullest

Author: Laura J. Moss

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 1523500557

Category: Pets

Page: 256

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Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about cats comes the ultimate—and unexpected—guide to taking your cat into the wild. Here are cats walking on a leash. Cats hiking on a leash. Cats tramping through snow. Cats camping. Cats kayaking, canoeing, even surfing—yes, cats who love water. When animal writer and active hiker Laura Moss couldn’t find an online resource for hitting the trail with her cat, she created one. AdventureCats.org took off like wildfire, with attention from Wired, the Huffington Post, Outside magazine, BuzzFeed, and much more. Now, the book Adventure Cats—a collection of jaw-dropping photographs, inspiring stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to a cat owner needs—will take readers and their cats well beyond the backyard. Learn how to leash-train a cat. What to do if you encounter wildlife on the trail. Plus, winter safety tips, and how to bring a little bit of the outdoors to an indoor cat. The stories themselves are catnip for animal lovers, from Nanakuli, the one-eyed cat who hangs ten; to Georgie, a four-year-old gray tabby who lives on a sailboat; to Quandary, who not only insists on hiking with her family but also teaches them a valuable lesson: When you follow your cat’s natural tendency to wander, you experience the outdoors at a slower, richer pace. This book will delight every cat person, regardless of whether their pet is inclined to adventure. (Take the quiz at the beginning of the book to find out!)

Kitten Care & Training

An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet

Author: Amy D. Shojai

Publisher: *Howell Book House

ISBN: 9780876053928

Category: Pets

Page: 160

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An Owner's Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet is the series to turn to when you want a basic reference that's reliable, up-to-date, and complete. These guides feature: Expert authors, plus renowned guest contributors on specialized topics Full-color photos throughout Basic information on the breed, species, or topic Complete coverage of care, health, grooming, training, and more Tips and techniques to make life with a pet more rewarding

Practical Feline Behaviour

Understanding Cat Behaviour and Improving Welfare

Author: Trudi Atkinson

Publisher: CABI

ISBN: 1780647832

Category: Medical

Page: 292

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Practical Feline Behaviour contains all the relevant information that a veterinary nurse or technician needs to understand and handle the behaviour and welfare of house cats, and to offer safe and practical advice to clients. There have been ground-breaking advances in our understanding of feline behaviour in recent years and, to protect the welfare of cats, it is increasingly important that anyone involved with their care, especially those in a professional capacity, keep up to date with these developments. This approachable and down-to-earth text describes the internal and external influences on feline behaviour; on communication, learning, social behaviour, the relationship between behaviour and disease, and the cat - human relationship. It also provides practical advice on how the welfare of cats in our care may be protected and how behaviour problems should be addressed and how to avoid them. In this book Trudi Atkinson draws on her extensive experience as a veterinary nurse and a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist to provide a rapid reference and an intensely practical feline behaviour resource for owners, breeders, veterinary professionals, shelter and cattery workers and anyone involved in the care of our feline companions.

Complete Kitten Care

Author: Amy Shojai

Publisher: Furry Muse Publications

ISBN: 1944423915

Category: Pets

Page: 356

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UPDATED and EXPANDED CONTENT Including 27 New Cute Kitten Pictures! COMPLETE KITTEN CARE is your go-to guide for kittens information on kittens health, new kitten care, and buying a kitten or adopting a stray or shelter kitten for your family. You'll learn all the latest about raising a cat of your dreams, introducing a new kitten to the rest of your family, and enjoy the award winning cute kitten pictures. Nationally known pet authority Amy Shojai has updated her award-winning book with the latest cat behavior information and kitten care research, including new cat vaccinations guidelines, animal behavior advice, cat language tips and more. This veritable "Kitten101" is packed with all the must-know facts about cats and kitten facts including: * Choosing a kitten * Best kittens for adoption * Kitten breeds and buying kittens * How to train a kitten * Understand kitten behavior * Fixing and preventing common kitten problems * Toilet training cats and litter training kittens * How to stop kitten biting and cat hissing * Understand cat communication, cat body language and cat purrs * Cat breed guide with care considerations and kitty personality types * introducing a kitten to a cat * introducing a kitten to a dog * Kittens food considerations * Grooming a cat or kitten * Kitten vaccinations * Kitten parasites and cat worms * Kitten spay and neuter * Cat legends, myths, and fun facts Plus a myriad of UPDATED kitten and cat supply resources: the best kitten Websites, cat associations and feline clubs, animal welfare organizations and feline foundations, recommended cat books and kitten magazines, online kitten and cat products sources

Total Cat Mojo

The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat

Author: Jackson Galaxy

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0143131613

Category: PETS

Page: 384

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This comprehensive cat care guide from the star of the hit Animal Planet show "My Cat from Hell," Jackson Galaxy, shows us how to eliminate feline behavioral problems by understanding cats' instinctive behavior. Cat Mojo is the confidence that cats exhibit when they are at ease in their environment and in touch with their natural instincts--to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, and sleep. Problems such as litter box avoidance and aggression arise when cats lack this confidence. Jackson Galaxy's number one piece of advice to his clients is to help their cats harness their mojo. This book is his most comprehensive guide yet to cat behavior and basic cat care, rooted in understanding cats better. From getting kittens off to the right start socially, to taking care of cats in their senior years, and everything in between, this book addresses the head-to-toe physical and emotional needs of cats--whether related to grooming, nutrition, play, or stress-free trips to the vet.

Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff

Author: Emily Weiss,Heather Mohan-Gibbons,Stephen Zawistowski

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118711114

Category: Medical

Page: 400

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Presents and evaluates the available research and programs that address both animal and human behaviors associated with the intake, management, and rehoming of dogs and cats.--From publisher description.

Cat Sense

The Feline Enigma Revealed

Author: John W. S. Bradshaw

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781846145940

Category: Cats

Page: 306

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From John Bradshaw, one of the world's leading experts on animal behaviour, and the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, In Defence of Dogs, comes a scientific portrait of the true, surprising nature of cats Worshipped as gods, feared as demonic servants, seen as both wild opportunists and beloved companions, cats often seem as unfathomable, enigmatic and magical to us today as they did in ancient times. They have lived with humans for at least ten thousand years (far earlier than the reign of the Pharaohs), and today are the most popular pet in the world. That they now outnumber the dog, man's 'best friend', by three to one, is small wonder: at once affectionate and self-reliant, they seem to be perfectly suited to our busy 21st Century lifestyles. Yet cats still think like the wild scavengers and hunters from which they are descended - and to which they can quickly revert. Today, they face unprecedented challenges in their life with humans: from conservationists who cast them as a threat to wildlife; from other cats who they compete for territory with; and from good-intentioned owners and vets with misconceptions of what they require. Cats need not so much our sympathy, but our understanding, if they are to continue to enjoy our companionship. The recent surge in feline science - with John Bradshaw at the forefront - means we are now better equipped to understand them than ever before. Cat Sense offers us for the first time a true picture of one of humanity's closest and most enigmatic companions. Praise for John Bradshaw's In Defence of Dogs 'The most fantastic book, a revelation.' Observer 'Essential reading.' Daily Telegraph 'Nothing less than a manifesto for a new understanding.' Guardian 'A case grounded in kindness and science ... Authoritative, wise and rather moving.' Independent 'Read this book.' Sunday Times

Feline Behavioral Health and Welfare

Author: Ilona Rodan,Sarah Heath

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455774014

Category: Medical

Page: 480

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Learn to manage the physical and psychological well-being of your feline patients with Feline Behavioral Medicine: Prevention and Treatment. From house soiling problems to aggression, this all-new reference offers detailed guidance on assessing, treating, and preventing the full spectrum of feline behavioral problems. Material is organized by both topic and life stage for quick access to the information you need. Plus its incorporation of patient education materials, instructive images, and the latest AAFP guidelines, makes it an invaluable addition to any vet clinician's library. "This book ... will undoubtedly become THE reference in that very specific field." Reviewed by: Fabienne Dethioux on behalf of Royal Canin: Vets Today, January 2016 UNIQUE! Focus on the prevention of behavior problems is found throughout the majority of the book to show clinicians how to incorporate behavioral considerations into general practice. Comprehensive, holistic care fusing the physical and psychological well-being of feline patients serves as a foundation for all content. International team of expert contributors provides in-depth, authoritative guidance using the most up-to-date information available. Updated information on preventive advice and treatment recommendations follows the guidelines set forth by the AAFP. Client handouts and behavior questionnaires in the book help vets clearly communicate with clients about their cat's behavior.

The Total Cat Manual

Meet, Love, and Care for Your New Best Friend

Author: Abbie Moore,David Meyer

Publisher: Weldon Owen

ISBN: 1681882159

Category: Pets

Page: 348

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Everything you need to know about your new feline friend, with over 200 top tips from the experts at Adopt-a-Pet.com! From adoption and care to behavior and communication, this is the most comprehensive guide to cats available. The experts at Adopt-a-Pet.com, who have spent many years connecting homeless pets to their new families, have compiled all the essential information on adopting a new feline family member into one definitive tome: Basics: Understand your new kitten or cat, prepare for a new arrival, get the skinny on supplies and toys, and learn everything you need to know to integrate a kitty into your home and life. Behavior: Get the scoop on breed characteristics, troubleshoot problems, and learn how to communicate with your new friend. Care & Health: Choose a veterinarian, treat common ailments, and keep kitty entertained, clean, happy, and safe in their new home! Get ready for your new kitten or learn everything you need to know about the family cat with The Total Cat Manual. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable flexicover, this manual is the perfect gift!

The Cat Whisperer

Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want

Author: Mieshelle Nagelschneider

Publisher: Bantam

ISBN: 0553907239

Category: Pets

Page: 336

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Who says you can’t train a cat? Just when you thought you had reached the end of your ball of twine, one of America’s most popular cat behaviorists comes to the rescue of perplexed cat owners everywhere, providing practical and effective strategies for solving every feline behavior problem imaginable—from litter box issues to scratching, spraying, biting, and beyond. Cat Whisperer Mieshelle Nagelschneider has been helping people deal with these dilemmas for two decades, achieving a near-perfect success rate. Central to her approach is a keen understanding of the unique way cats see the world—their need for safety and security, their acute territoriality, and their insatiable desire to catch and kill prey. Her proven C.A.T. cat behavior modification plan is a commonsense course of action that can be specifically tailored to your cat in the context of its behavior problems and its particular household environment. Easy-to-implement solutions help transform even the most anxiety-riddled companions into confident, gregarious, and relaxed cats who live longer, happier, and healthier lives. Inside you’ll discover • how to harness the power of “friendly pheromones” to improve your cat’s appetite, exploration, grooming, and play • where, when, and how to create a litter box environment that will provide ease of access and reduce anxiety for you and your cat • how to end aggression in multiple-cat households and help your cats coexist peacefully Is it impossible to train a cat? Not anymore! Your days of yelling and tearing your hair out in the wake of the latest household “cat-astrophe” are over. In this fascinating and indispensable book, the Cat Whisperer takes you inside the mind of a feline to explain why members of one of the world’s most inscrutable species act the way they do—and how you can convince them to change their behaviors for the sake of your peace of mind . . . and theirs. Praise for The Cat Whisperer “I wish I had read The Cat Whisperer before I started filming Must Love Cats. The cats would have liked me a lot more.”—John Fulton, host of Animal Planet’s Must Love Cats “Mieshelle Nagelschneider is a wizard at demystifying cat behavior and providing easy-to-follow steps for solving vexing problems. I dog-eared (or should I say cat-eared) so many pages for later reference that my book doesn’t want to close. Living with six demanding cats in a small house, I wish I’d had this excellent guide years ago.”—Bob Tarte, author of Kitty Cornered, Enslaved by Ducks, and Foul Weather “The reason people are so mesmerized by house cats is because they are truly miniature versions of lions, tigers, and leopards. In her book The Cat Whisperer, Mieshelle Nagelschneider explains the behavior of the house cat in an unprecedented and most accessible way, offering unique insight into the often misunderstood companion animal that is as wild as we have become civilized.”—Jordan Carlton Schaul, Ph.D., contributing editor, National Geographic, and curator, Orange County Zoo “Pet owners despairing of getting their cats to behave will find new hope in this comprehensive guide. . . . This book more than meets Nagelschneider’s goal of guiding owners to the strategies for behavioral and environmental change needed to address issues such as urination outside the litter box and aggressiveness.”—Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.