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Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions [Kindle Edition]

Steve Dale , Pamela Johnson-Bennett , Sheldon Rubin , Betty White
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Book Description

Whether you are a first-time or long-time cat owner, “Good Cat!” is the book to keep close at hand. The book taps into some of the most common and difficult-to-conquer behavior issues in kittens and adult cats alike. Answers to the complicated feline questions and real-life examples are served up in this comprehensive guide. “Good Cat!” features advice on how to handle litter-box issues, feline anxieties, excessive scratching and other destructive behaviors, and feline aggression toward other cats, dogs and people. Tips on adoption and training will help cat lovers welcome a new cat into the household.
“Good Cat!” contains messages by actress and animal lover Betty White, certified cat behavior consultant Pam Johnson-Bennett and veterinarian Dr. Sheldon Rubin. It also contains extensive additional sources and reference material.

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tribune Media Services (December 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OBH2WI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #528,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Cat's Meow!!! February 3, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Steve Dale has put together a remarkable compendium of sensible, plain-speak, valuable information and advice on how cat owners solve some of the most perplexing "problems" that cats can present to their people. I was a-mew-sed by his dedication and also happy to see the wonderful piece by Betty White, loong time animal advocate.

Many of these "problems" in this book are just cats being cats - but, to an owner who has no idea of what is going on, or how it can be solved, these problems can send a cat into the shelter, with, in too many cases, a visit to the stainless steel table, and then a final trip out the back door. It's sad to think that people can think that they have offended their cat by what they "said" to the cat -- when in almost all instance, the cat is just responding to stimuli that us mere humans would not even notice. It is also sad to note that some people inadvertantly allow their cats to suffer pain and illness by not realizing that there could be a physical problem to a cat's behavior. The helpful tips in this book can easily remedy that problem by suggesting a visit to the vet.

A thorough index up front, and great web refernces and additional resources at the back, round out this exceptional book.

This book CAN EASILY save a cat's life, and is a MUST for ANYONE who is about to adopt a cat, or who already has a cat or two.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mastering the Unmasterable Minds of Cats January 19, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Steve Dale takes on the magic mystery of the most capricious of creatures of the pet kingdom, the cat in this very well presented GOOD CAT! PRACTICAL ANSWERS TO BEHAVIOR QUESTIONS. Likely most readers will sigh and pick up this book only with the foregone conclusion that no one understands or can control the behavioral idiosyncrasies of the felines of the world. Cats eat, sleep, live their own lives with only the slightest deference to the owner when it is dinner time. Until now.

Dale's book is based on his radio show investigations of cat behavior as it affects those who listen to him requesting any help they can get. The chapters delineate the approach Dale takes in not only coping with but (really!) altering cat behavior: the chapters are Training your Kitten: Practice makes Perfect; Adoption is a wonderful Option; It's possible to train cats, more possible they will train you; Let's Party - Play is every cat's Passion; Timid Tabbies; Feline Fears -Scaredy Cats can be Retrained; Cats and Dogs - are they mortal enemies?; Avoiding those Cat Fights; Mad Cat Fever - Why is my cat attacking me?; Scratching in all the Right Places; The Litter Box; Fastidious Felines, Habits, Compulsions; and Cats Have Senior Moments, Too. It is easy to tell that this book is rich with humor - some of it only cat lover's will understand at first reading. Dale has some fine introductions by famous people and a lot of cute photographs, but the real joy of this book is the amount of insight he gives us in trying to outsmart our cats. Grady Harp, January 12
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What cats are able to learn, and how to care for them February 18, 2012
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I had believed cats were difficult to train because, with the exception of climbing on things, they often seemed bored with training.

Author Steve Dale explains what people get out of kitten socialization classes and hundreds of other things on domestic cats. He succinctly cites authoritative literature on the subject and quotes certified cat behavior consultants and other related professionals.

Mostly the format is Q&A based on true accounts. Some advice is common-sense such as getting a 2nd cat to improve the behavior of the 1st cat. Some is more advanced, including cat agility training. Experience and research show that cats have great capacity to acquire new behaviors through interspecies communication.

This is a fun and easy book to read. It helped me understand how cats fit into families and benefit others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing New April 6, 2013
By RoxyML
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I bought and downloaded this book after reading advertisements for it, saying it has a lot of new ideas for enjoying cats as they get older. I found these ideas and "solutions" not much more than what I have read in most every book for new cat owners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book--even if you don't have issues with your cat October 13, 2014
By AnneB
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I picked this book up because I'm interested in cats and have an older cat at home. I was surprised at how much I learned. The book is nicely organized in a question answer format where specific cat owners ask a question and an expert answers the query. I learned a lot that I didn't know. I believe that if I ever have issues, I'll be well prepared to handle them. This book is an easy read and is invaluable for all cat owners.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Cats Need This Book! January 27, 2012
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I am a Very Good Kitty. For that reason, we don't need Steve Dale's terrific new ebook, Good Cat! But Steve's cat, Roxy, is a member of my MEWSical Society, so it's only right that I promote his book. Steve's tips about keeping cats on the Right Track are particularly useful to new owners, although I know there are many Naughty Kitties who are my age (5) or even older, who haven't yet learned how to behave. Guess they haven't read the award-winning article on my website: [...]. It was written by the Lady Who Shares My Office, and is called Training Your Cat Like a Dog. No, I don't fetch, but I do sit on command, give my paw, and do many other Polite Behaviors.

Written by Simon Teakettle III (Terzo)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
I thought this book was great. I learned so much from reading it. I have so many pages bookmarked! I have 3 cats and this book was very informative and helpful. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sumsmom
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful and useful
I haven't read it completely, but used it as a reference when I have had behavioral problems with my cat family. Found it useful.
Published 13 months ago by Linda Gavitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cat is a good book.
I have this book on my Kindle Fire and I started reading and could not put it down. It is so interesting and full of good ideas about training a cat. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Joann N. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting insights.
I read this in one sitting, and enjoyed it. Certain themes come across repeatedly: getting your cat checked out by a vet, having enough clean litter boxes, rotating toys, clicker... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jacqui Coosner
4.0 out of 5 stars I needed information and I needed it FAST because my home had turned...
Being the owner of a large calico cat with attitude and having agreed to take on my daughter's cat when she travelled overseas to study, I was desperate for information on how to... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Stella King
3.0 out of 5 stars OK but not the best
The book was practical and useful but repetitive. Cat Wrangling Made Easy: Maintaining Peace and Sanity in Your Multicat Home was a better resource.
Published on April 19, 2013 by Dana Fields
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavio
the book is really good about telling you what Not to do and what to do. How to train your cat and you should never use your hand or fingers when playing or they will always attack... Read more
Published on September 20, 2012 by Nancy M. Daves
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cat!... a font of sage information
Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions by Steve Dale, award-winning cat columnist, is a wonderful collection of just what the title states. Read more
Published on March 8, 2012 by Mary Kladnik
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Cat!
"Good Cat" by Steve Dale is an excellent reference for domestic felines. Having loved and owned several cats myself, I believe that just about every question I've ever had... Read more
Published on February 23, 2012 by W. Carter
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More About the Author

Steve Dale is a syndicated columnist; TV, radio and podcast host; pet advocate and certified animal behavior consultant. Pet owners across the United States seek out his expert advice and commentary on everything from controversial pet legislation to calming an anxious calico.

Dale writes two weekly syndicated columns for Tribune Media Services (TMS). He's also a contributing editor at USA Weekend, a columnist for Cat Fancy and, and a ChicagoNow blogger. Recently, Dale published his first series of eBooks, including "Good Dog! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions" and "Good Cat! Practical Answers to Behavior Questions," for the ePublishing division of TMS.

Dale also hosts two nationally syndicated radio shows, "Steve Dale's Pet World" and "The Pet Minute"--together these shows air on more than 100 radio stations--and a weekly WGN radio podcast. He's appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "National Geographic Explorer," "Pets: Part of the Family," and several Animal Planet television programs.

Dale serves on the boards of the CATalyst Council (where he is a founding member), Winn Feline Foundation, Tree House Humane Society (Chicago), and the American Humane Association, where he's a National Ambassador. Among his many honors, Dale has received the AVMA Humane Award and the HSUS Pets for Life Award. In 2012, he will be the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writers Hall of Fame.


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