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The Cat Whisperer: The Secret of How to Talk to Your Cat Paperback – May 1, 2002
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A Different World; Cat Talk; Living With Your Cat; Exploring The Relationship; Cat Characters; Intelligence and Training; A to Z of Problems and Solutions
If you already have a cat that you're getting along with, there's little in here that will rock your world. The author covers the history of cats, the basics of how they communicate, the indications you can observe on how they might be feeling, and general tips and tricks on living with your feline companion. As with all situations where you're on the outside looking in, it's completely impossible to tell exactly how accurate some of the "your cat is thinking this" advice is. But overall, her observations seem to be reasonable.
I think where I had the most problem was with the title and the expectation it set. Any title with "whisperer" in it denotes some special ability to communicate with an animal that generally defies a deep bond. Add "The Secret Of How To Talk To Your Cat" as a subtitle, and I start expecting the ability to carry on conversations. I really didn't find that here. Outside of picking up on feline body language, I didn't think there was anything "secret" to be had here.
Since it's a short book, it's an OK read if you haven't spent any time thinking about how your cat may think. But don't think you're going to become the next Cesar Millan and launch your own Cat Whisperer series on TV. It's not going to happen with this book.
Obtained From: Library
Even though I am a cat lover, the details given in the book about what makes cats "tick" seemed just about right for a layperson and really did help me see my cat in a new, better way.
For anyone just curious about what their cat is up to, this would make a nice resource for them I highly recommend it.
Throughout the book, the author seems to go on and on about the relative popularity of dogs to cats. She includes far too much about dogs and their behavior characterstics in relation to people. If this were a book about cats and dogs that might have been appropriate. However, in this book, it was simply another distraction.
There are a few interesting things, but overall doesn't cover any new ground that Desmond Morris hasn't already covered.
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I'm a professional cat person --a Lost Cat Finder actually-- so I've studied cat behavior in detail. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lost Cat Finder
Teaches about kitty behavior, instincts and habits. I learned a lot. Love itPublished 4 months ago by Jennifer N.
I might never get to write a review but I want people to know that I love this book!! I don't have a cat yet, but I took care of a couple of cats for six months recently. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Judith H. Shea
I suppose if your cats really want to tell you something you might even hear what they sayPublished 13 months ago by Big Eyes Who Look Far
Purchased two of these books ... for our two adult daughters that LOVE their cats. As expected, they both loved the book ... ez read with some good helpful info and tips. Read morePublished 16 months ago by JJ Mel